Smithson Valley, CC Moody matchups suggest tight match
Both teams hitting, pitching well
By John Kastner
Smithson Valley has played two fairly even-matched teams the last two weeks, but the real challenge will now come into focus finally this Thursday when the Rangers tackle Corpus Christi Moody.
Moody has challenged some high-quality outfits in the Coastal Bend Area, teams that are unique in 5A circuits. What is so unique also in this situation is that Laredo United, a team known for its streamline pitching and hitting, fell to perhaps one of its most stunning defeats to CC Moody.
In its series with Laredo United, Moody cranked out 26 total hits, while United could only muster four.
So now the best news that the Rangers could pray for is a "stop sign" on Moody when the playoff series debuts this Thursday. However, according to Coach Proctor, both Hill and Volz are in excellent shape and ready to take the mound. "The bullpen is rested and in great shape," Proctor said.
Look for SV and Moody to be evenly-matched teams on both offense and defense and pitching. In a nutshell, whoever can generate both and play errorless ball will prevail. The Rangers are hitting the ball at a .460 clip while Moody is at .400. The Rangers' ERA is at 1.67 while Moody is at 1.83.
Expect a solid down-to-the-wire series with no room for error. Let's hope that the Rangers can take the first game and avoid possible double-header frenzy back in Corpus Christi on Friday. You want to use Hill and Volz and finish the series out.