Don’t beat yourself.
East Aurora has been struggling all year with that coaching proverb. That was the case again Tuesday as South Elgin took advantage of a big first inning en route to a 10-1 Upstate Eight Valley victory.
The Storm (16-10, 14-8) put up seven runs in the first inning by taking advantage of three walks, two batters hit by a pitch, and one error.
“The first inning was tough to take,’’ East Aurora coach Jerry Taulbee said. “It’s tough to go down 7-0 against a good team and dig your way out of that hole.’’
Homero Acosta struggled early with his control for the Tomcats (2-25, 0-23). Three runs came scored before a Storm player even put a bat on the ball. Tyler Brewer eventually changed that trend with an RBI single, and Nate Brummel followed that with a two RBI double in the left-center gap.
“It was nice to get that many runs on senior day,’’ Storm coach Jim Kating said. “We’ve had to evaluate kids on the fly and it’s been hard to get other kids playing time with the weather.’’
On the flip side for the Storm, Ryan Nutof started the game on the bump to show his stuff to a visiting scout and he didn’t disappoint. The right-handed power pitcher worked only two innings but struck out the side twice. He did allow two walks.
“I was just throwing fastballs and nothing else,’’ Nutof said. “I was a little disappointed we didn’t put them away [in five innings]. But they have improved a lot from previous years.’’
Jose Jalapa scored the only run for East Aurora after getting on with an infield hit. Anthony Pryor drove him in on a fielder’s choice.
Nutof topped off a 2-for-3 effort with a two-run homer to straightaway center in the fourth.
“Ryan’s coming around with the weather,’’ Kating said. “He’s starting to pitch and swing the bat much better.’’