Swinging into a groove
FORT WHITE — Beginning the season with back-to-back losses wasn't quite the start the Indians had hoped for.
But a refreshing road victory over playoff contender Trenton on Wednesday night has the tribe back on the right path.
"We had a tough break, and the kids rebounded," coach Rick Julius said. "We got a little momentum right now. We're still trying to establish a [batting] lineup. The first couple games we've been juggling people in and out. It's early. We're logging guys a lot of playing time and trying to see who's going to step up."
Replacing eight seniors from last year is easier said than done as the Indians continue to search for their identity.
Fort White (1-2) will try to string together consecutive victories — along with its first home win — when the team hosts Bradford (2-2) tonight.
Fresh off their first win, the Indians are pegged with a shining opportunity to get even with the Tornadoes.
Bradford was triumphant in its last road trip to Fort White, edging the Indians 9-7 last March — setting up the rematch with a familiar foe.
Tonight's contest is one of two regular season meetings between the teams.
The Tornadoes have played strong on the road (2-0), looking for a third straight win away from home.
"We always preach to our guys, results are in the past," Julius said of the rematch. "The next game is what is important. You've got to worry about what's on today's menu."
Julius maintains his team's attitude remains the same for future games too, downplaying two upcoming games between crosstown rival Columbia on Monday and the district-opener against Baldwin next Thursday.
"We don't look ahead," he says. "That's when you get in trouble."
The Indians are taking it one game at a time with their sights on the Tornadoes.
Fort White pitcher Ryan Ellis will get the start on the mound. The senior slinger tries to continue his strong start to the season against Bradford, the former district rival.
"I know they're playing well right now," Julius added. "[Bradford] is going to have a good ball team for us. We need to be ready."