The long road trip was far from what the Hooks wanted. A 2-4 performance and losers of their last three, the team now finds itself 14-17 and just third in the early season Texas League south standings.
Joined by the impending thunderstorms in the area, the Hooks return to Corpus Christi. They welcome the Amarillo Sod Poodles for the second time this season looking to turn things around.
Leading the way, is Chas McCormick. The 24-year-old is batting .288 this season and is leading the Hooks in the batters box and seemingly on the field as well.
McCormick made one of the catches of the year, flipping over the right field wall robbing a home run and made his first appearance on the national stage; as the number two play on SportsCenter’s prestigious top ten.
“I was kind of anticipating impact but luckily I knew exactly where the fence was so when I landed, I landed on my hands instead of my head,” McCormick said.
McCormick’s highlight play was one of the few bright spots to the road trip that saw the Hooks’ pitching staff allow 30 runs over four games.
However, there is reason to believe this Hooks team will be able to turn things around and turn them around quick.
The pitching staff has had its moments and led by Brandon Bielak and Brandon Bailey, the Hooks have experience arms to secure wins. McCormick is confident in that.
“If our pitchers throw strikes, we are going to be good.”
Hooks Manager Omar Lopez is not worried about the recent skid either, fight is what he is keeping an eye on, and he sees it.
“We haven’t stopped competing and we haven’t stopped working,” Lopez said.
The Hooks will have the opportunity to get back to their winning ways as they begin a seven game home stand.