Hunter Boose is putting up solid numbers this season at Augusta State, but he’d rather see more wins.
A strong Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Year candidate, Boose is hopeful his team finishes strong in this weekend’s season-ending baseball series against Flagler. The Jaguars play host to the Saints, starting with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday.
“I might have had a good freshman year, but that’s nothing if we don’t win games,” said Boose, a former Greenbrier High standout. “I just want to forget about this year and focus on what we can do in the years to come.”
Augusta State (10-37, 3-24) is trying to snap a 20-game losing streak – the longest in Peach Belt history, eclipsing the previous mark set by UNC Pembroke in 1994 (16 games). The Jaguars are last in the league in hitting (.259) – 21 points higher than last year – and next to last in pitching (5.94 ERA).
Augusta State has had some bright spots with Jeff Rice hitting a team-best .298, while J.D. Sabo is hitting .292 with 18 stolen bases. And then there’s Boose, who’s hitting .296 with team highs in doubles (20) and RBI (31).
Coach Chris Cooper said his team got off to a bad start in preseason when staff ace Scott Shipman was forced to miss the season with a shoulder injury. Cooper added that his team’s record tells just one side of his the story.
“In our profession, we are judged by record,” he said. “I do feel like we’re better than our record shows. I don’t think our guys go into every game going, ‘Oh, God, we’re going to lose.’ I think they feel like they can win every game when they walk out there.”
Last weekend against No. 19 UNC Pembroke, Augusta State was tied or trailed by a run entering the ninth in two of the three games only to fall. That gives Boose hope for his team against Flagler (23-22, 9-17).
“I think we’re going to go out there and sweep,” Boose said. “We went out there and played three tough games against Pembroke. We had a chance to win three times against them. Hopefully, we’ll carry that into the series against Flagler.”