WYNOT — It’s been a rough start for the Wynot Expos as they moved to 1-4 in the early part of the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association South Central League campaign.
The Expos dropped an 11-5 decision against the host Menno Mad Frogs last Thursday and will wrap this week with a game 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Yankton Lakers.
Wynot traveled to play the Freeman Black Sox Tuesday evening.
Then Crofton comes to town Sunday.
In the defeat at Menno, Jalen Wieseler threw five innings from the bump and surrendered three runs off seven hits, while Jackson Sudbeck led the offense going 2-for-5 at the plate, with two RBI.
Kyle Wiepen added the big hit of the day with a solo homer.
Coach/player Lee Heimes said that the team is still figuring itself out while picking up play following the long delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Expos are also trying to get the routines and protocols in place to battle the virus in and around the diamond, but that is coming around.
“Our pitching and defense are getting better,” Heimes said. “Our arms and defensive skills are improving with the more games that we play. We will be playing back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday this is where our roster depth should help us.
“The teams and players are adjusting to the COVID challenges nicely.”
In the meantime, Crofton dropped three decisions to fall to 2-3 this late spring.
The Bluejays dropped a 5-1 decision last Sunday, fell 11-10 at Tabor on Thursday and were nipped 4-3 against Menno Friday night. James Kaiser homered Thursday for
James Kaiser homered Thursday for the Bluejays while Corey and Carter Roach were the big bats Friday.
Coach Ben Hegge also noted some big hitting from Lathan Maibaum and Christopher Kleinschmit.
“We are still getting into the groove of things,” Hegge said. “As a team, we can tell we are behind in some areas compared to the teams we are playing due to our late start to the season.
“Losing is never fun but we were right in all three games this week. We will keep improving as the season goes on.”
Crofton played Yankton Tuesday night and will host Scotland Thursday before heading over to Wynot.