FARMINGTON — Strike Zone Baseball is ready to roll in the Connie Mack City Tournament.
Strike Zone defeated a team made up of former Strike Zone Cardinal players 7-4 at Ricketts Park on Friday as the team tries to work out any kinks before the city tournament begins.
"We wanted to get a couple games in this weekend just because we had a week off in between tournaments," said Strike Zone head coach Adam Morrissey. "All the old college boys wanted to get a game against us, and it's always good to play those guys."
Strike Zone scored two runs in the first and second innings and three more in the fifth inning to earn the victory against their former teammates.
Morrissey is hoping his squad will use the games to build momentum ahead of the tournament as they look to capture their fourth-straight berth into the Connie Mack World Series.
"That's exactly why we wanted to do it. We didn't want them to have a week off right before the city tournament," he said. "We wanted to spend this week at home while seeing some good pitching and quality hitters."
Morrissey said his team has a few things to work on before the tournament, and the players used the week to get in quality practice time.
"We played the whole month of June, and I liked having this week off before the city (tournament), because we needed to get on the field and do some practice," he said. "We just needed to iron out some of our weaknesses on defense. This week, we fixed a lot of those weaknesses we had in June and we're feeling pretty good going forward."
Strike Zone will play one more game today before facing their first city tournament test on Tuesday night against the Sting.
Morrissey said his team has been playing well throughout their city league and tournament schedules. He said he likes the team's chances heading into the city tournament.
"You get into this tournament and you just hope you're playing your best baseball when the tournament starts," he said.
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