"We just came out flat," he said. "We said, 'Look, the game, we gotta have some fun with it.' Obviously we're serious about trying to get good results, but at the same time, we gotta loosen up a little bit."
The renewed sense of enthusiasm produced only two hits, but that was enough for a 3-2 home win against Central York on Friday.
The change was made official Thursday when the Mustangs elected Brandon Utz as the general of the dugout.
"That's what he calls himself," South Western starting pitcher Eric Moul said. "We got a little enthusiasm. I think it sparked a couple of plays."
After Moul allowed a run in the first, Mustang leadoff hitter Keith Pappas started a rally. After reaching first base following a swinging strike, he advanced to second on a groundout, moved to third on another passed ball and scored on an RBI single by Parker Bean.
Bean stole second and third on consecutive pitches and scored on a sacrifice fly to give the Mustangs a 2-1 lead.
They went 6-for-9 in stealing bases and were successful on their first four before Panther catcher Landon Bogdon threw out his first baserunner in the third inning.
"We told him, if he didn't get his stuff together, he was coming out," Central York coach Mike Valencik said. "Sometimes the fear of being benched lights a fire. And it did. He did well the rest of the way."
Resetar viewed the aggressive baserunning as necessary to spark his team's offense.
"We're not a high, potent offense," he said. "We're not going to score 15 or 20 runs a game. If we do, hey, that's great. That's not the expectation. We gotta go out with the idea to do everything we can to advance runners, whether it's running or bunting or whatever."
Moul allowed his second run in the third inning, which started with consecutive walks. Panther designated hitter Jon Altland moved them over with a sacrifice bunt, and a sacrifice fly by teammate Roy Walker drove home a run to even the score at 2.
"I don't think I was focused in," Moul said. "We had been hitting a little bit the inning before. I don't think I came out mentally prepared."
The Mustangs added their third run in the bottom half of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Bean, which was set up by a walk and a stolen base by Pappas, to take the 3-2 lead.
Moul began pitching better, retiring 11 of the next 12 hitters, before he ran into some trouble in the seventh.
Panther pinch hitter Garret Kirkpatrick hit a two-out double and advanced to third on a passed ball, but Moul struck out Central York starting pitcher Travis Shaffer looking to end the game.
Moul allowed two runs, one earned, over seven innings for the win. He struck out five, but walked three.
"He battled through a little bit of adversity," Resetar said. "Didn't have his best stuff, but when you get guys out without your best stuff, that's a good thing."
Shaffer took the loss despite allowing just two hits and three runs, two earned, over six innings.
"I don't know if we've ever (won with just two hits) in my 15 years here," Resetar said. "It's been a long time if we have. It's one of those lucky situations. We took advantage of a dropped strike three and a couple of walks."
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SOUTH WESTERN 3, CENTRAL YORK 2
Central 101 000 0 -- 2 4 1
South Western 201 000 0 -- 3 2 1
CY, Travis Shaffer and Landon Bogdon; SW, Eric Moul and Tyler Harris. SO-BB -- Shaffer 6-5; Moul 5-3. W -- Moul. L -- Shaffer. 2B -- CY, Garret Kickpatrick.
JV Score -- South Western won, 9-8.