By Kyle Daubs

From inexperienced to varsity in a matter of a flash, the Mattoon Green Wave appears to finally be hitting their stride. 

In Mattoon’s last six games, the team has scored a total of 57 runs, including games with 18, 15, and 13 runs. Despite entering Tuesday’s Apollo Conference matchup with Mahomet-Seymour with a 4-7 overall record, MHS coach Jarod Kiger has liked the team’s improvement over time. 

“We started the season off with a large portion of the team never having taken a varsity rep,” said Kiger. “We have eliminated some of the mental mistakes and have continued to play better each game.”

Mattoon is 1-1 in the Apollo and will look to take a huge game over the Bulldogs, who are 7-4 overall and 1-0 in the Apollo. Mahomet’s bats have been on a roll as of late as well. Mahomet owns a 7-0 win over Taylorville, as well as an 18-15 loss to the Tornadoes. 

Mahomet’s lineup features four players batting .400 or better. That includes Nate McFall (.556), Blake Wolters (.545), Carter Selk (.400), and Will Sampson (.462).   

Austin Baker will get the start and is coming off a strong no-decision against St. Anthony. 

“We are gradually improving, as the guys are getting more and more reps,” said Kiger. “We will be sending Baker to the mound, and he is coming off of a great pitching performance against St. Anthony.  We must attack offensively and not leave opportunities on the field. Defensively, we must continue to play clean and not make Austin throw unnecessary pitches.”

According to Kiger, Mattoon’s six players are hitting .300 or better. 

The game in Mahomet has been changed to a single game instead of a doubleheader.  

Game Notes

Who: Mattoon @ Mahomet-Seymour

Records: Mattoon (4-7, 1-1) @ Mahomet-Seymour (7-4, 1-0)

Where: Mahomet-Seymour High School

Time: 5 p.m.

Mahomet Players to Watch: Nate McFall, Blake Wolters, Carter Selk, Will Sampson