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Tigers looking to hit stride ahead of 'tough' stretch

Apr. 7—Tahlequah Tigers head coach Cody Pair knows that next week's slate starting Monday, April 9, will be the toughest of the young season.

The Tigers will open the week at home against a good McAlester team. Pair says the Tigers have been focusing on improving every day and are looking to hit their stride during this tough stretch.

"We've been improving every game and we want to peak at the right time. We start a tough district stretch next week, and the goal is to be playing well when those games roll around," Pair said.

Getting to a steady point has been a little bit more difficult, thanks to recent storms in the area pushing some games back. More rain is expected during the Tigers' upcoming stretch.

The weather has made it harder for the Tigers to get into a consistent rhythm.

"This rain has been hectic; it is causing some havoc. We want to get consistent and get into a groove," Pair said.

Despite having games against Tulsa-Memorial pushed back to Thursday, April 4, the Tigers' bats returned in a big way. The Tigers put up 26 runs in just seven innings, for a double-header sweep.

With an offense that has stayed potent throughout the season, Pair has impressed with how the hitting has progressed this season. Even when the Tigers aren't getting a lot of hits, they are still taking advantage of walks. In the Tigers' second win over Tulsa-Memorial, they picked up just hsixits but still put up 10 runs.

"I have been really proud of our offensive approach," Pair said. "Getting good pitches to hit and getting after them, we have been preaching that and they have gotten a lot better at it. They are making good swings in good counts. The barrels are going to come, and that just helps us."

The Tigers are back in action at 5 p.m. at home against CHS on Monday, April 8.

"Our boys are playing really hard. That is what we have tried to preach — getting better every game — and they are buying into that and playing well," Pair said. "We are really happy with wins, but they are working and getting better every day."

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