Suffice to say, it took the Le Mars baseball team about a game and a half to find itself at the plate.
But once the Bulldogs relaxed, they showed they could put up runs in a hurry as they picked up their first win of the season with an 11-4 victory at Sioux Center on Tuesday.
"It helps having that first game under our belts," Le Mars coach Trent Eckstaine said. "(Monday) night, we weren't very aggressive at the plate. Tonight we weren't for the first few innings, but then we started swinging the bats."
Keaton Rowe and Tanner Dowling provided most of the damage. Rowe finished 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored, while Dowling was 2-for-4 with five RBIs.
"We had a few guys who had to stop pressing and start trusting themselves," Eckstaine said. "Once that happened, we let our ability take over and started scoring runs."
Chris Eckstaine picked up the win on the mound as he struck out eight to overcome the six walks he issued. Eckstaine lasted four innings and allowed three runs on just one hit.
Gage Crosgrove fanned five in two innings and Austin Homan struck out the side while allowing one run in the seventh.
"Our pitchers got out of jams that they created for themselves and that's the important thing," Eckstaine said.
The 'Dogs jumped on the scoreboard with five runs in the fourth as Rowe and Dowling each had two-RBI singles.
Le Mars added another five-spot in the fifth thanks to a trio of bases-loaded walks and an RBI single by Dowling.
"We bunted well and played good situational ball when we needed to," Eckstaine said. "We did a few things right to get guys into scoring position for Tanner and Keaton and they come through."
Bryce Dahm finished 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Alex Klein was also 1-for-3 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored.
The 'Dogs (1-1) travel to Central Lyon on Thursday before returning home to host Class 4A defending state champion Sioux City North on Friday.