Up till now, the Loudonville Christian baseball team has had an easy time of things.
The Eagles (3-0 league, 3-0 overall) have outscored their opponents 58-6 in their first three Central Hudson Valley League games including Monday's 25-2 victory over Heatly.
But the road gets rougher this week, as Loudonville Christian is scheduled to meet CHVL nemesis Waterford Wednesday at Cook Park and travel to Germantown Friday.
It's a big week for us, said Loudonville Christian coach Tim Phelps. "We haven't played those teams yet, so that will be a really good test for us."
The bottom third of Loudonville Christian's offense has been particularly effective through the first week of the season. James Hilton, Brendan Bellatni and Andrew Rollis have been driving in runs in bunches, and Rollis has been so strong at the plate that Phelps moved him up to the No. 6 spot from the No. 7 spot he had been occupying.
"You kind of expect your top six hitters to do well, but it's the bottom three guys who will win the game for you," said Phelps.
The pitching has also been strong for Loudonville Christian, as Alex MaLossi and Dan Varna have tossed three-hit gems for the Eagles during their season-opening run.
"In our three games, we've only allowed three hits per game, and our main pitchers haven't allowed any walks," said Phelps. "Our defense has been pretty stout behind them, too."
The pitching and the defense will have to remain strong for Loudonville Christian this week if the Eagles want to get by Waterford and Germantown " two teams that have traditionally given them trouble.
"We tell the kids to win every inning," said Phelps. "The reason why we're having such high scores is because we are trying to win every inning offensively and defensively, and you have to do that against the good teams."