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Wed. October 5, 2011 | Matt Baker | Email

A year after making its first ever playoff appearance, Wiregrass Ranch (0-4, 0-1) is struggling to keep up with its opponents.

That means Bulls coaches have to adjust their teaching techniques to a young Bulls team looking for toughness and confidence in Thursday’s game against Tampa Bay Tech.

“Right now we’re not so much focused on schemes as we are getting kids believing they can play,” head coach Jeremy Shobe said.

After protection problems plagued the Bulls early, they spent their off week learning new schemes – and players came up with the names for them.

To add toughness, Wiregrass added one-on-one hitting drills called “baddest man alive.”

“Just physicality,” Shobe said. “It’s a mindset.”

Winning is a mindset, too, Shobe said.

After building steadily since the program’s inception, the Bulls are now relearning how to maintain confidence after dropping four in a row.

“That’s the biggest thing we lost from last year,” Shobe said. “The belief, the heart and the desire. Now the more you lose, the harder it gets to get some of that back.”

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