NEW GLASGOW – Walking into the John Brother MacDonald Stadium for their first home game of the New Year, the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers were welcomed by a sign on their locker room door reading “today is a new day.”
Unfortunately for the Crushers it was a similar day to their game Saturday, which they lost 8-1. Sunday they lost 7-0, losing their second straight game to the Bubba Rays major bantam team.
After the game assistant coach Mike Roper said the team didn’t expect the results they had this weekend.
“We beat them earlier in the season (6-2 on Oct. 20),” he said. “We hoped for better results similar to that game this weekend.”
Roper said prior to the games and now after, the team’s focus will be their attention to detail. He said the team’s effort is coming, but they are missing the details that will make them more competitive.
“It was our attention to details, our one-on-one play and our positional play that gave us these results,” he said. “We had a tough one last night (Saturday). The guys came out and played hard, but the small details are crucial to the big picture.”
He said the team heavily relies on their four captains and that the entire team needs to get on the same page as a whole.
“It’s time as a team to raise their effort level in practice and games,” he said. “We rely heavily on our four leaders to lead the team and everyone needs to start pulling on the same rope.”
Next weekend the Scotsburn Crushers play a pair of home games, Saturday against the Western Hurricanes and Sunday against the Nova Jr. X-Men.