Red Sox Look to Break Out on Weekend

by Brian Smiley

Brian Smiley, Brantford Expositor

New Red Sox player Dougie Parks is shown in action at Eastern Illinois University.

The Brantford Red Sox could use a cure for cold bats.

Brantford will enter this weekend with an Intercounty Baseball League record of 1-17, with many of those losses attributed to a team batting average sitting at .183.

“We’ve had a real issue hitting the baseball,” said rookie field manager Kevin Hussey as his team prepares to play two games at Arnold Anderson Stadium on Sunday against Hamilton and Monday against Guelph. Game time both days is 2 p.m.  “The games are usually close up until the sixth, seventh, eighth innings but we can’t get that big hit to give us the lead.”

In the team’s 14-0 loss Wednesday at home to the London Majors, Brantford’s lineup had only three batters with averages above .200. Brantford’s team batting average is almost 60 points away from the next team in the league, London, which sits at .240.

Barrie leads the league with a team batting average of .316.

“I haven’t seen this,” Hussey said of team’s struggles.  “I don’t think it’s necessarily skill related. A lot of times players go into slumps. I think we started off that way and I’m hoping eventually a couple of guys break through and that gets everybody else going as well.”

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