MORGANTOWN \u2014 Hitting means quite a bit to the Morgantown Post 2 baseball team.\r\nThe squad takes pride in being a tough out and any fan who has seen a Post 2 game this summer can attest to the talent the team has at the plate.\r\nBut according to pitcher Evan Smith, the team\u2019s batting performance plays a large factor in other facets of their game.\r\n\u201cOur hitting is usually where we build our energy,\u201d he said after Post 2 was blanked, 11-0, Friday July 13, by Garrett County (Md.), at Mylan Park.\r\n\u201cWe just weren\u2019t getting the hits we usually do. Our bats were dead tonight. We need to learn to bring energy instead of waiting for the bats to get hot.\u201d\r\nPost 2 coach Tyler Barnette called the performance \u201cvery uncharacteristic,\u201d an apt description for a squad that looked vastly different than the one that has so far picked up 23 wins during the 2018 season.\r\n\u201cWe didn\u2019t come out as the same team we usually do,\u201d he said. \u201cI told the guys after the game, we don\u2019t ask a lot of you; just a couple hours a night at the ballpark. We didn\u2019t get that this evening.\u201d\r\nBarnette also attributed the loss in part to the performance of Garrett\u2019s Caleb King, who gave up just three hits and recorded seven strikeouts as the starting pitcher for the guests. He also added two runs, one hit, and one RBI at the plate.\r\n\u201cHe was good tonight. He had us mixed up, and we just didn\u2019t respond to it well,\u201d he said.\r\nKing kept the game moving at a fast tempo, keeping the Post 2 batters from developing a rhythm at the plate and stagnating their usually high-scoring offense.\r\n\u201cHe knows how to control the game. He worked fast and efficient,\u201d Barnette said. \u201cWe had a few guys try to break the rhythm, but he wasn\u2019t snapping out of it.\u201d\r\nKing, however, was not the first nor last talented pitcher Post 2 will come across this season, and Barnette knows that in order for his team to continue to develop as hitters, they need to learn to roll with the punches and adjust to the pitcher on the mound.\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re going to run into this problem; it\u2019s American Legion baseball, there are good guys everywhere,\u201d he said. \u201cWe just have to be able to reset ourselves out there.\u201d\r\nBarnette hopes the loss will serve as a lesson to his team \u2014 when you\u2019re committed to success, you can never afford to take a night off.\r\n\u201cWe talked about this after the game; we know that everyone in this program cares,\u201d he said. \u201cWhat we can take from this is that everyone has to give 100 percent effort all the time.\u201d\r\nThe loss is Post 2\u2019s second to Garrett this season, and drops the team to 23-6 overall. They return to action, at 1 p.m. today (July 14), in a double header at Moundsville.