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Berns not fooled with early success

Posted Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at 7:38 AM

The Linton-Stockton baseball team has won its first three games of the 2009 season, but long-time coach Bart Berns is not fooled by those numbers.

"We've got a ways to go," he said. "We are going to take some lumps. Bloomington North (Wednesday) is not going to take it easy on us just because we are green and inexperienced.

"We have to work hard, stay focused and learn something new every day."

The Miners swept a twin bill from Shoals Saturday and defeated Washington Catholic in five innings Tuesday. All three games were in the friendly confines of Roy Herndon Field and against teams the Miners have traditionally owned.

"We jump into the frying pan tomorrow," Berns said about facing North. "Then we play Sullivan before hosting defending regional champion Eastern Greene to start off our conference season.

"We don't have many easy ones left on our schedule."

Berns has no doubts about his youthful squad, which features four freshmen in the line-up and an inexperienced pitching staff, coming around, but he does not have a time table.

"This group will respond," he said. "But I don't know how quickly.

"It is going to take some time."

Berns said he learning patience.

"I have to take a step back and realize we have six new kids in the line-up, including the four freshmen," he said. "It is hard to teach an old timer like me new tricks.

"We are green. This is not a team of two- or three-year lettermen. We just have to try and get better at all three phases of the game every day. We are going to be all right. Hopefully this group will come around about tournament time."

B.J. Hargis is the sports editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext 12 or at hargisbj@yahoo.com.

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