CADIZ - When a coach takes charge of a baseball team that features a plethora of younger players, one of the things he or she looks for is the consistency the group develops as the season moves along.
For Harrison Central's Mike Valesko, he's pleased with the maturity he's seen from his squad as the campaign nears its halfway point.
The Huskies again looked strong in all phases Thursday afternoon in posting a 13-3, five-inning triumph against Buckeye Local in a ''businessman's special'' at Mazeroski Memorial Park.
Harrison Central got to the Panthers early, scoring four runs in the first inning. The Huskies added seven in the second and two in the third to put the game away and improve to 6-4 on the season.
''We have some veterans, don't get me wrong,'' Valesko said. ''But when you start a sophomore at third, a sophomore at short, two sophomores in the outfield and a sophomore on the mound like we did (Thursday), you're trying to figure it out and find a way.''
Thursday's performance was a far cry from Wednesday evening's 9-3 loss to another Buckeye 8 foe - Indian Creek - in Mingo.
''It looked like we didn't have any life in us,'' Valesko said, referencing the loss to the Redskins. ''We were playing really well and we were fielding really well and then we didn't field it really well.''
Four Huskies errors helped contribute to the loss, Valesko said, but, no matter the reason, he told his players to put the past in the past as they prepped for the Panthers.
''I told the kids to be (at the field) at 10 a.m. and they were here at 9,'' he said. ''I told them to not let that game affect this game or Saturday's doubleheader at Martins Ferry.''
Out of sight, out of mind, apparently. The Huskies pounded out nine hits, didn't commit an error and broke Buckeye Local's spirit early.
Basically, they took advantage of their opportunities.
''When they give you a chance to make a play, you have to make it,'' Valesko stressed to his players. ''(Wednesday), Creek made the plays and we didn't. That's the difference between an average team and a great team.''