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Charleston drops two Saturday in invitational

Monday, March 26, 2012

sports@standard-democrat.com

CHARLESTON -- Making up for lost time after getting rained out on Friday, the Charleston Invitational took place on Saturday with four teams taking part in an eight-game schedule.

The host Charleston Bluejays bookended the tournament with a pair of losses, starting with a 9-2 decision that went to Meridian, Ill. In the loss, Trey Watkins, Corey Adams, Michael Baugh and Ryan Housman each contributed a hit to the Bluejays cause.

Closing things out Saturday evening against the Bloomfield, Charleston fell victim to a no-hitter by Wildcats ace Paul Fox in a 15-0 loss.

"We've struggled early and we're going to continue to struggle for awhile," Bluejays' head coach Michael Minner said. "We'll struggle until we find out where guys are meant to be on the field, kids start learning where the ball needs to be and the ins and outs of the game.

"It's a long season so all the losses that are going to come early will help us to hopefully win at the end of the year. The product that we're putting out there right now is not going to be the same product that we put out there at the end of the year."

Other games taking place at Hillhouse Park on Saturday included East Prairie defeating Meridian and Naylor, both by scores of 8-7. Kelly then beat Naylor 8-6 before falling to Bloomfield 13-3.