FARMINGTON — The Dover Pirates’ season ended on Thursday with a 10-0 loss to the Shiloh Christian Saints in the first round of the 4A-North Regional Tournament.
Dover took on the No. 1 team in Class 4A in the first round, and Pirates head coach Wes McCrotty said his team wrestled with a few nerves early in the game.
‘The first couple of innings set the tone for the entire game,” he said. “We came out a little nervous, and it showed.”
Shiloh Christian scored four in the first inning, two in the third, one in the fourth and three in the fifth. They collected 11 hits, while Dover only managed one hit — a single by Dawson Branch in the fourth inning.
Landon O’Bryant was the losing pitcher. He lasted four innings, allowed eight hits and eight runs. He struck out one.
“This was a tremendous learning experience for our players and program in regards to how to handle pressure situations and games,” McCrotty said. “In the future, our players will be better because of it.”
Baseball isn’t all about the wins and losses sometimes, and McCrotty said he was pleased with the ways he’s seen his team grow over the year.
“Overall, I am so proud of our players and how they have progressed throughout the season,” McCrotty said. “These players learned how to handle adversity and persevere through the game of baseball.
“I’m thankful for their commitment to our program. They believed in our process and the level we are trying to take our baseball program at Dover.
If these players continue to work and put in time on the field, the game with take care of them. We already had players asking when the next practice is. They are ready to get back to work, and that is a great sign.”