Everything seemed to come easy for North Hall baseball’s Jackson Dyer in Wednesday night’s Region 7-3A contest against Cherokee Bluff.
Dyer went 4 for 4 at the plate — including a two-run double in the fourth inning — to power the Trojans to an 11-0 win against the Bears in Flowery Branch. According to Dyer, his formula was a simple one.
“I was just thinking don’t do too much, and help the team,” he said.
It’s a mindset that North Hall (9-7, 7-1 Region 7-3A) coach Trevor Flow has tried to instill in his team from the beginning of the season, and one that has helped to turn the team around after a slow start to the year.
The Trojans lost their first six games to start the year, but have now won six straight — and eight of the last nine. Wednesday’s win gave the team its third consecutive series victory to start the region schedule.
Much like Dyer, Flow said just doing the simple things right is the key to winning baseball.
“I tell the kids all the time, if we throw strikes, play defense and put the ball in play, we’ll have a chance,” he said.
Since the start of March, North Hall has had more than just a chance.
A 12-3 win over Gainesville early in the month was a precursor to a series win over Dawson County followed by a sweep of Greater Atlanta Christian and two straight victories by run rule against Cherokee Bluff this week.
Flow said the quick turnaround can be attributed to a couple of factors. First, the Trojans loaded their non-region schedule with tough opponents in an effort to best prepare the team for its more important region contests.
Matchups against Class 7A programs, like Milton and Mountain View, provided difficult tests that helped get the team where it needed to be to make its playoff push.
“Those first few games, we were playing some kids that are legit,” Flow said. “Really, really good baseball teams. ... But even when you lose, sometimes you get better when you play really good teams like that.”
Beyond that, North Hall used the slow start to the year as fuel for improvement. Rather than get down on themselves, the Trojans decided to stay calm and control what they can control.
“It came to a point where either you want to compete and start winning when we get to region, or you fold and get you where you don’t want to be,” Flow said. “I think they have responded, and I’m very proud of that.”
No matter the reason, North Hall is winning now. And for Dyer and the rest of the team, that’s all that really matters.
“It’s pretty nice, I’m not gonna lie,” he said. “... We’re starting to figure it out.”