Clippers using PWHSBL season to prepare for zone playoffs

Published on Tuesday, 16 May 2023 08:07

It’s been a tough season for the Dauphin Clippers baseball team.

The Clippers entered a doubleheader on their home field on Sunday looking for their first win of the season, but instead, came away with a pair of lopsided losses, dropping their record to 0-5.

After Wednesday’s game in Ste. Rose was postponed due to a thunderstorm that made its way through the Parkland, Dauphin hit the diamond against Russell’s Major Pratt Trojans in game one of the twinbill, falling 23-4.

It didn’t get any better in the nightcap against the Birtle Falcons as the Clippers dropped a 25-3 decision to the visitors.

One area where the Clippers is lacking, said coach Don Sheldon, is resiliency.

“We’re booting the ball a fair amount. When we’re facing adversity, we’re not doing a great job of pushing through it,” he said. “Every baseball team is going to face some adversity at some point in their season or during a game. The good teams, the teams that succeed push through that adversity. We’re not there, yet. We’re working our way there. These are a couple of good teams that we played today. They hit the ball well and they had some good pitching.”

The Clippers did hit the ball well at times, Sheldon said, noting Nathan Klippenstein in particular was impressive going four-for-six in the two games with three singles and a double.

“We were on the bats a little bit better than we have in previous games. We had some, hard-hit balls,” he said.

After practicing on Monday, the Clippers will host the Hamiota Huskies on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., before heading east to Ste. Rose for a makeup game with the Celtics.

Prior to the start of the season, Sheldon said the league play was just reps for zone playoffs, as well as provincials.

“I’m hoping that some of those reps, even the ones where we struggled, are going to lead to some positive results at zones,” he said.

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