Putnam High baseball team breaks losing streak
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Putnam - posted Tue., Apr. 19, 2011
When the Putnam High School Clippers baseball team found itself on the short end of a 9-5 score against Ellis Tech on April 14, head coach Jonathan Lamiotte was frustrated. The Clippers are a freshman- and sophomore-dominated team. When the season started, Lamiotte had to start right from the beginning.
“We needed to go back and teach them the proper mechanics of throwing the baseball,” he said. “What we emphasized from the beginning was the F-word, meaning focus, focus, focus. We want to be a team that makes fewer errors than the other team. They made too many errors in the fifth inning against Ellis Tech that [allowed] the Eagles to score four runs to win the game.”
Because there are so many young players, Lamiotte and assistant coach Greg Allen use every chance they can to teach them about the game. “Every moment is a teaching moment for these kids,” he said.
On April 15, they turned it all around to win against Prince Tech in a game Lamiotte called “amazing.”
Freshman Tylor Genest pitched a complete game in his first varsity start, striking out 10 Prince Tech batters. He helped end the Clippers’ long losing streak. Tied at 4-4 in the seventh inning, the game was almost called because of darkness.
“We got the win just in time,” Lamiotte said.
The Clippers’ losing streak stood at more than 20 games. “Now they have that feeling of victory and know how it feels to walk off the field with a win. It feels amazing. And this is the first stepping stone of many more for these kids,” Lamiotte said.
The key to the win over Prince Tech was making fewer errors, Lamiotte said. The Clippers made three. “The other team made mental lapses during the game. We took advantage of them. We got key runs off of that,” he said.
Putnam High School Baseball Head Coach Jonathan Lamiotte.
First season with the team.
Lamiotte is excited about the potential his young team is showing. “If this group of kids sticks together and keeps getting better every single year, they have a lot ahead of the,” he said.
Seniors: Jonathan Roberts, Allen Kariuki
Gunnar Andersen - Pitcher, #12
Captain Gunnar Andersen is able to play several different positions for the Clippers. The junior pitched for five innings against the Ellis Tech Eagles before reliever Andy Bowen came in. Andersen went 2 for 4 at bat.
Taylor Genest - Pitcher, #15
Freshman Taylor Genest threw a complete game in his first varsity start with Putnam. He had 10 strikeouts, which helped put an end to Putnam's losing streak. Genest also plays in the outfield.