Coach says they are ready for the season.
The Reston White Sox prepared for their 2002 campaign with a second tune-up game against the feared Cardinals. The game started with four runs by the Cards after starter Nolan looked good but got some tough calls from the umpire. The White Sox answered swiftly with four quick runs. Bretton took over and went two innings and completely shut down the Cardinals. They never recovered as Wesley and David Wynne came in to close out the 17-9 victory. In offensive highlights David Riddle was 4 for 5 at the plate and Mark was 2-2 with 3 walks. Christopher got a key hit to lead off the fourth and of the White Sox strikeouts almost all of them were on a swinging third strike.
Coach Grossman in his brief postgame interview said “I liked what I saw out there — a lot of our guys were swinging the bat and not just hoping to be walked. We need to work on actually looking ready in the field before each pitch — its much better to learn how to do that before you get hit by a surprise line drive than after. I still noticed some of our guys wandering around and sitting with their parents instead of sitting on the bench and paying attention to the opposing pitcher. Worse, when they were on the bench they were not paying attention to the game. These kind of things get worked out with time and I am looking forward to practice on Friday and the season starting on Saturday. Finally, I was thrilled with the support of our fans and assistant coaches — they are a true pleasure to work with.”