BRISTOL - As the Berlin baseball team walked off the field against Bristol Central, the look of disappointment appeared.
It was because the Redcoats had just lost their second game of the year to the Rams, a team that has won five games all season and has been without its best players due to numerous injuries.
Inconsistency has been the struggle for Berlin, a team with potential every time it takes the field.
“Consistency is our biggest issue this year,” Redcoats junior Dan Veleas said. “Being able to find a constant flow and play with the same intensity from day to day has been a struggle. We’ll be really high one day and a little bit rough the next. We just gotta find that consistency and hit our stride coming into the postseason.”
With an 8-7 record, Berlin has already qualified for the postseason but will have to find a way to bring consistent play to the field to beat the better teams it faces.
“Throughout the season we either hit well one day and don’t play defense well or play defense well and can’t hit the ball,” Redcoats junior Gianni Fanelli said. “That has to change.”
On the season, Berlin has beaten teams it expected to, but also suffered some losses that could have easily gone the other way if the Redcoats were steady.
Berlin has beaten Northwest Catholic (8-5) and Bristol Eastern (8-7) twice as well as Middletown (7-7). And against Sheehan (2-14) and Maloney (1-11), teams the Redcoats expect to beat, haven’t been let downs.
While the Berlin has some quality wins, the losses leave something to be desired and the run differential and talent on the roster suggests the Redcoats have the ability to improve.
With players in the lineup such as Nick Carroll, Mike Giove, Fanelli, Adam Willametz, Ryan Hyde and Holden Murphy, Berlin has plenty of ability.
Against Bristol Central and Southington, the two teams with a losing record that Berlin has lost to, the losses were by a combined five runs, games that could have gone either way.
And with five games remaining on its schedule, Berlin is looking to figure out how to be the team it has proven capable of at times this year.
For head coach Leo Veleas, it comes down to a specific part of the game and he believes there’s much more to be had in his group.
“It’s all about pitching and defense,” Veleas said. “We make too many errors and we don’t pitch well so we have a mediocre record. It’s as simple as that. I’m not trying to be mean, I’m just stating a fact. Right from the first day we practiced it was about pitching and defense. That’s the name of the game. We don’t have any wall bangers here so that means we have to pitch well and play good defense and we’ll be in the games.”
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