The game of baseball is simple for Ryan Scoma. Hit the ball, get on base and give your team the opportunity to drive you in. If a player can do that consistently, they can expect to see their team consistently in the win column.
Scoma knows a thing or two about consistency. The Goldeyes outfielder is second in both batting average (.357) and on-base percentage (.457) in the American Association.
"It's a confidence thing and the coaches help with that. They continue to give me opportunities and the guys in the lineup around me are supporting me," Scoma said prior to Tuesday night's Goldeyes doubleheader against the Lincoln Saltdogs at Shaw Park. "Really, it's just one of those things where hitting can be up and down, and I guess sometimes you're lucky."
If it is luck, Scoma must have a four-leaf clover tucked into his cap. The outfielder was on a seven-game hitting streak entering Tuesday's action, going 13-26, good for a .500 batting average.
The Goldeyes have overcome some challenges through July and Scoma is ready to help get his team back on track. The Fish suffered a five game losing streak in early July, being swept by the Gary SouthShore RailCats and a loss to the Can-Am League's Quebec Capitales. After splitting the series against the Capitales, the Goldeyes have won the past four series against opponents. The Fish have especially found their groove recently, winning five of the past seven games.
"I think for the most part that happens to every team at some point. When we were going through that little rough patch, we were just finding ways to lose games," Scoma said. "It's not like we were getting crushed in those games, we were just finding ways to lose by one or two runs. But now it's the other way around, we're finding ways to win those games and put them away while we're ahead."
This series against the Lincoln Saltdogs is especially important. Heading into the series, the Goldeyes were 34-32 and eight games behind the division-leading Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
"The season is shaping up well for us. We've got 35 to 40 more games and until we're out of it, there's always hope," Scoma said.
The outfielder is feeling optimistic about what's to come from his team. They are riding a three-game win streak heading into the series and Scoma knew he and the Fish were up against a tough team.
"They're a good club. They just compete. I know they've lost a lot of players to affiliated teams buying out their contracts, but they seem to continue to win games with the people they bring in. That says a lot about their club and the character they have over there. They're ahead of us in the standings, and it would be nice to leapfrog some teams this series."