CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Riverside's baseball team has struggled with inconsistency at the plate and the field through the first third of the season.
But that doesn't overly concern the Warriors Coach Chris Hawkins.
"We tell our kids that you're going to lose a third of your games, you're going to win a third of your games, but what's important is what you do with that other third of your games," Hawkins said following a 7-6 road win over Capital on Thursday at Sam Carpenter Field. "This is one of those games that's categorized as that "other third" games, because it's not a for sure win or a for sure loss.
"We had to battle and being able to just come out and find a way to get it done is important. If we find a way to get it done, that's all we care about."
The Warriors (6-5) got the job done behind a solid pitching effort by sophomore southpaw Brady Wilkinson (2-1), a couple of timely hits, and a little help from four Cougars (5-9) errors.
Wilkinson struggled to control his curveball early on, walking three and throwing four wild pitches in the first two innings, before settling down in the middle innings.
Wilkinson allowed just four hits, three of which came in the first three innings and finished with four strikeouts and six walks.
"He's a kid that typically feels his way out the first inning or two and then he settles down and gets in a groove," said Hawkins, who is in his third season guiding the Warriors. "The big thing about him is that he's got utmost confidence in himself. He's not cocky, but he just has confidence in himself. He's not afraid to pound the zone and he trusts all of his pitches."
Wilkinson, making only his third start of the season, settled down when he started to control his curve.
"I struggled at first trying to find the strike zone," Wilkinson said. "Once I found the strike zone I was hitting my spots and my fielders made plays.
"I was trying to work my curveball for first pitch strikes early on. That helped me out and then later in the game I started to get my fastball over for strikes and then I just tried to mix my pitches up. That's what got them to chase a few pitches."
Capital turned both of Wilkinson's second-inning walks in to the first runs of the game when Austin Ellis' groundout plated Anthony Gavin and Brandon Thomas' single brought home Kavin Kincaid.