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Demons hit slide in Florida

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By Paul Gable

In case they needed any reminder they were headed to Florida for baseball first and a vacation second, the Williamstown baseball team's early setbacks in the Cocoa Expo in Cocoa Beach, Fla., combined with several practices is bound to serve as a reminder.

The Demons, who earned victories over Walton-Verona and Heritage Academy prior to leaving for the Sunshine State, opened their Florida experience with a loss to a team from Pennsylvania that finished runner-up in the state tournament. Williamstown fell behind 4-0 early in the game, before losing 11-3.

"We played five outstanding innings against the number two team from Pennsylvania. We are seeing some good teams in Florida. How good are they? I'd say they are comparable to Boone and Ryle. We're playing some good baseball," Williamstown coach Buck Walter said.

Walter said the trip has been an eye-opening experience for a few of his younger players, who thought they were headed to Florida for a Spring Break vacation.

"When you make a trip like this, there are some first timers who find out that there are some pretty high expectations. There's some down-time, but it is work. The teams here are good, and everybody that comes down here, expects to win," Walter said.

Walter says his team is doing some good things.

"We are getting some things addressed that will make us a better team, such as holding and throwing out runners. I want the kids to get confidence at the plate. There are a lot of positives going on down here," Walter said.