has yet to taste victory. It would be easy for that same player to
question why he is even playing when nothing is going right on the
field. But Wayne Trace’s Joe Morehead has been a bright spot for the Raiders
and despite the thought of an 0-18 record hanging over WT’s collective
head, he has remained optimistic.
But Wayne Trace’s Joe Morehead has been a bright spot for the Raiders and despite the thought of an 0-18 record hanging over WT’s collective head, he has remained optimistic.
“So far this season we have had some games where we played well and some where we haven’t,” said Morehead, a junior that has emerged as one of the top hitters on the team. “We can’t seem to get that first win, even when we play well. But we are working hard and we will eventually turn things around.”
Morehead will no doubt be one of the players that anchors that turnaround, even if it does take another season for it to happen.
He has batted close to .400 all season and head coach Thomas Schaper notes that Morehead is arguably the team’s top hitter.
“Technique-wise, he is the best hitter we have,” Schaper said. “He’s the type of hitter that you video tape and have your other hitters watch and try to emulate. I have watched him mature as a top-notch threat at the plate.”
Schaper adds that Morehead’s patience has been a key to his success as well.
“He is a very disciplined hitter,” Schaper said. “He’s not afraid to let a few pitches go by until he gets the one he wants. You know he’s going to put the bat on the ball every time he steps into the batter’s box. He exudes a humble confidence while being a formidable competitor.”
Morehead, who was 1-for-3 with a run driven in and a run scored in a 8-4 setback to Delphos Jefferson Tuesday night, agrees with the assessment by his coach.
“I have improved as a hitter in a lot of different ways,” Morehead said. “This year, I have been getting base hits and I have even hit in a couple of runs. I think my other strengths are my fielding and my pitching.”
Tuesday’s 8-4 loss to Jefferson highlighted the hard luck the Raiders have encountered this year. WT jumped in front 4-0 in the top of the fourth inning. The Jeffcats scored twice in the bottom half and went on to score six more runs, including five in the sixth to complete the rally.
“We have a fairly young team and our inexperience at key positions has definitely hurt us defensively,” Schaper said. “We have to cut down on errors if we hope to be competitive. The depth of our pitching staff has been a major hurdle for us, too. We have some promising players but they just need time to develop.”
WT will play Fort Jennings on Saturday in a Division IV sectional opener in Convoy. Morehead would love to see his team come up with a win.
“We want to win our first tournament game and finish the season strong,” Morehead said. “Its been tough this year but I love playing baseball because I enjoy being around my friends.”