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BETHLEHEM: Eagles have critical week ahead of them

The Bethlehem baseball team isn't in a must-win situation just yet, but it's getting closer with each loss.

The Eagles entered this week with a 2-3 Suburban Council record (2-4 overall) and needing a quick turnaround to avoid falling further off the track toward a Section II, Class AA playoff berth.

By the end of this week, if we don't have four or five wins, it will be very difficult to get to seven wins, said Bethlehem coach Rob Helm.

The Eagles last two losses " a 2-0 setback against Saratoga Friday and a 9-1 non-league loss to Schalmont Saturday " highlighted what has been an ongoing problem for them, not enough hitting and not enough defense. Against Saratoga, Bethlehem pitcher Jason Daniels allowed only four hits in a complete-game performance, but some critical errors led to two unearned runs. Then against Schalmont, the Eagles committed seven errors. In both games, Bethlehem bats were silent.

"I think to a certain extent we've been hurt because we haven't been outside much (to practice)," said Helm. "We've only been on our field three times, with the third time being the Saratoga game Friday."

The Eagles should get outside more frequently as long as the weather holds up. They were scheduled to host Columbia Monday and travel to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake to make up a postponed game Tuesday. The rest of the week has them hosting Mohonasen Wednesday before traveling to Shaker Friday for two league games.

Indians have busy schedule

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk baseball team will also be busy this week, as it tries to make up some postponed Colonial Council games. After traveling to Lansingburgh Monday and hosting Albany Academy Tuesday, the Indians visit Watervliet for a doubleheader Wednesday and Academy Friday. In between, they play Averill Park Thursday in a non-league game.

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