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Tiger's coach keeps confidence in team
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For most coaches it would be difficult to keep their head up when facing a 0-7 start to their season. But Tiger head coach Rhett Hellgren has confidence in his Tiger squad, despite the losses.
“I truly believe we are a better team than how we are playing right now,” he said.
“I know this for a fact.”
Indeed the Tigers have stacked their schedule with some very tough and formidable opponents this season, playing established baseball programs.
Camden County is not only a powerhouse for football, they have a winning baseball team and are currently ranked on top of the 3-AAAAA region.
Brantley County, Long County and McIntosh are all in the top 10 of region 2-AA with rankings of 5th, 6th and 3rd, respectively.
Wayne County makes the playoffs every year in 3S-AAAA.
Hellgren is also not one to make excuses and knows it’s going to take continuous work, especially in the batting cages and pitching mound to get this team passed that first win they need to boost confidence and morale.
“I know that our record doesn’t sound like it, but we are a good team,” he said. “We will continue to practice and improve.  We will get some wins here and I know that things are going to turn around.”
Tigers 1, Camden 11
The Tigers stared off with a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the third inning Wednesday night. The Camden Wildcats came back with 3 runs in the third and 7 runs in the fourth even with 2 outs. Hellgren said it was frustrating to give up that many runs with 2 outs. Fove walks that same inning killed the Tigers.
“They did have a couple of Texas leaguers during that inning,” he said. “But we just can’t give up the walks.”
Steven Dill got the loss and pitched 4-2/3 innings. The game was ended after six and Dill, Jeff Polk and Daniel Materne each hit singles.

Tigers 2, Wayne County 13
Once again the Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Wayne County Yellow Jackets slugged their way past the Tigers to take the victory Friday night.
Hellgren said he wanted to work on reducing the walks and increasing the strikeouts. While they did hold the Yellow Jackets to only 3 walks, pitchers chalked up only 5 K’s.
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