Strong pitching helps Tigers jump out to 11-1 start

By BRANDON SHIELDS,

The Ethel baseball team is off to a fast start. Like everyone else in the state, the Tigers are just hoping they can get to continue their season.

The MHSAA announced on Friday an extension of suspended competition through Apr. 17.

The Tigers are off to a hot start at 11-1.

"We've been very consistent with picking the next man up and finding a way to win ball games," said Ethel coach Chris Schuster. The biggest bonus this year for the Tigers have been the pitching. Ethel as a team has a team earned run average of 1.37.

"Our pitching has been a big bonus," Schuster said. "They give us a chance to win every game."

Offensively, Ethel has a team batting average of .346, has hit six homers has a team and has stolen 52 bases.

No team in Region 5-1A has played a division game, but French Camp and Nanih Waiya will be the teams to look out for.

"Our district seems to be one of the strongest in 1A," Schuster said. "So if we do get the chance to play again, it will be a tough road."