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RedHawks Hit Midsummer Struggle

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 Not much you can do for a positive spin on the RedHawks right now. With a lose on Sunday they fall to .500 and have lost ten of their last 12 games. They've also lost 5 straight at home and are now just 13-10 at Newman Outdoor Field.

With Sunday's 14-4 lose to North division leading Winnipeg the RedHawks are now ten games out of first and the frustration is visible. From manager Doug Simunic's tone after a game to the clearly lacking success at the plate and on the mound. With a day off today the organization is hoping a day's distance does something to spark a much need change.

"It's part of the game you know," RedHawks catcher Travis Higgs said. "You're not going to win everyone. When you come in to a slide like this where you're losing series, the team at some point will pick itself up and we'll be ok."

"Guys have to draw on what they've done positive up to this point and that isn't happening evidently," added a frustrated Doug Simunic.

The RedHawks started their season strong and were boasting a home field winning streak that's now in jeopardy. Along with their season in general.

As the RedHawks have hit the bulk of their season here in late June and early July the wheels have sort of fallen off. Now sitting at .500 they need to turn it around if they have hopes of ever catching Winnipeg in the standings. Long time vet Nic Jackson says there's no need to panic quite yet but they should take this weekend's sweep as motivation.

"I've been playing for a long time and I've seen a whole lot of things. Good and bad," said Jackson. "You just have to trust the fact that things will get better. If you kind of dwell on what's going on right now, lose sight of the big picture right now you can get lost in it."

"It's not like football. It's baseball. It's every day," Simunic said. "So you gotta hope that people draw on what they've done good and get rid of the negative."

They'll look to turn things around as they host Gary SouthShore in a three game series starting Tuesday at Newman Outdoor Field.

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