Errors proving costly to Sussex Central High’s baseball team

GEORGETOWN — Sussex Central baseball head coach Todd Brock isn’t concerned about his team’s start to the season.

After all, the Golden Knights have managed a 3-2 record through their first five games this year versus a strong schedule. Not to mention that those two losses – against Parkside (Md.) in 10 innings and Salesianum – were by one run and came down to the victors’ respective last at-bats.

Sussex Central head coach Todd Brock talks to his battery and infield during last weekend's loss to Sallies. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Sussex Central head coach Todd Brock talks to his battery and infield during last weekend’s loss to Sallies. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

What does have him a little worried, however, is why the Knights lost both those games. Fielding errors proved costly in both and a lack of timely hitting also factored into Central’s defeats.

“We have a good pitching staff but we have to be better defensively,” Brock said. “It’s a concern. We’re giving the (opposition) too many outs. You can’t spot a good team an extra inning. You can’t win like that.”

Against Sallies last Saturday, Central spotted their nonconference visitors two runs in the top of the first thanks to multiple errors in the field. The Knights, however, plated two of their own in the bottom of the frame when seniors Robbie Marcelle and Justin Mears reached and later scored.

Central scored twice more in the bottom of the fourth and eventually carried a 4-3 lead into the top of the seventh. But, Salesianum got a two-out, two-RBI double from Zack Miller, who drove a 1-2 pitch to right-center, that scored the tying and winning runs in a 5-4 ballgame.

“Salesianum’s a good team, but we beat ourselves there,” Brock said. “When you make as many mistakes as we made, it’s hard to beat a good team.”

Senior Dynell Toppin doubled home two runs during a loss to Salesianum. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Sophomore Trey Toppin and the Knights lost 5-4 to Salesianum. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Good teams will continue to come for the Knights as they return this week from spring break, and Central will be playing all of them on the road.

Tuesday the Knights are scheduled to be at North rival Cape Henlopen and two days later at division foe Smyrna. Saturday at 3 p.m. Central is slated to be at South representative Milford, which entered this week 4-0 on the season.

“Three games in a week, but we have a pretty good (pitching) staff that can handle that,” Brock said. “But we’ve got to be ready to play and better than we were (against Salesianum). Stop shooting ourselves in the foot and make plays and maybe we’ll get some (wins).”

Games against Cape and Smyrna, as well as next Tuesday’s bout at Woodbridge, are all scheduled for 4:15 p.m. starts. The Knights will play at home again on April 23, also at 4:15 p.m., versus Northern Division rival Caesar Rodney.

From the Sussex County Sports Desk

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