Musketeers reflect on what's going wrong
THE bright start to the Major League made by the Ipswich Musketeers now seems a distant memory.
Ipswich has lost its past six games, with defeats to Redlands at Tivoli on Friday (12-2) and yesterday (21-4).
It led to a miserable group of baseballers after the game as the Musketeers struggled to get to the bottom of the problem.
"If we knew we'd fix it," Musketeers player Nathan Dale said.
"I don't know what's going on to be honest.
"We've got to go back to the drawing board.
"We made errors in the field.
"We're not swinging the bat and it's all joining together."
The losing streak began against champions Windsor, which was understandable, but it has triggered a drop in standards that is beyond Dale to explain.
"We should have beaten Surfers twice and Redlands twice," he said. "This weekend was really bad because they're not a quality side."
If the Musketeers can't find a solution quickly they could be in for an even tougher time.
With the Australian Baseball League starting this week Josh Roberts and Andrew Campbell will be unavailable for periods and the Musketeers have an away game against Pine Hills on Wednesday night.
"They're a good quality side," Dale said.
"We need to be on our game otherwise we're going to get hurt."
There were some positives from the weekend.
New pitcher Dean Gillespie made his debut on Friday and showed his quality while Campbell hit a triple on Friday.
Dale could not fault yesterday's pitcher Dean Jones either, despite the score line.
"He was hitting his spots," Dale said. "They got a lot of hits.
"Deano was getting 0 and two (strikes) on them but they were just swinging the bat and hitting it up the middle.
"We didn't play that bad.
"They just got a lot of hits."