Wildcats show a lot of guts during a week of tough battles
by Randy Capitani
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Twin Valley’s Ethan Fox was called out on this close play at the plate. Leland & Gray catcher Ayden Bills was able to get the tag down before Fox slid across home plate. Twin Valley coach Brian Monroe, right, reacts to the call.
Twin Valley’s Ethan Fox was called out on this close play at the plate. Leland & Gray catcher Ayden Bills was able to get the tag down before Fox slid across home plate. Twin Valley coach Brian Monroe, right, reacts to the call.
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WILMINGTON- Whenever Leland & Gray and Twin Valley high school teams meet on a sports field or in the gym, the competition level rises. Regardless of records and streaks, the teams always are supremely motivated to play well against each other. This past week was no different, as the Rebels visited Baker Field and came away with a hard-fought 9-4 win over the host Wildcats.

After a scoreless first inning, Leland & Gray was able to edge ahead, scoring a run in the second and another in the third. Twin Valley helped out the Rebels, as a walk and a passed ball led to one score and fielding errors led to the second.

In the bottom of the fourth, Skyler Boyd singled home Joey Rafus, plating Twin Valley’s first run and cutting the lead in half, 2-1.

But the Rebels answered back, scoring three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to take a 7-1 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth, Rafus and Lucas Messing singled to start a Wildcat rally. Ethan Fox then crushed a home run to right center field. That three-run blast narrowed the Rebel lead to 7-4. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the rally fizzled. They left two more base runners stranded as the Rebels were able to escape the inning without any further damage.

In the top of the seventh, Leland & Gray plated two insurance runs.

“We talk a lot about controlling the things that we can,” said Twin Valley coach Brian Monroe. “The two that we stress are effort and intensity. Today we were sluggish in controlling those two. We finished much better and I’m pleased that we were able to turn it around. It’s great for them to see that they can compete and now we just need games to gain that confidence.”

TV 26, Poultney 0

POULTNEY- The Twin Valley baseball team traveled to Poultney Tuesday and came home with their biggest win of the season, besting the host Blue Devils 26-0.

The Wildcats scored five runs in the first inning, 17 in the second, and four in the third to cement the win.

Ethan Fox pitched the first two innings. He was followed by Tyson Longe, who made his high school debut. Jordan Warner pitched the last inning of the mercy rule-shortened game.

Longe also had a big day at the plate, going 2 for 3 with two RBIs and three runs scored. James McGovern went 4 for 6 with five RBIs and three runs scored.

“We did a great job putting the ball in play and staying aggressive at the plate,” said Twin Valley coach Brian Monroe. “We will look to keep it going tomorrow against Mt. Everett and the rest of the week.”

Mt. Everett 15, TV 6

WILMINGTON- Twin Valley’s young varsity baseball team continued its up-and-down season on Wednesday afternoon, dropping a home game to Mt. Everett High School, 15-6.

Twin Valley pitchers struggled to find the strike zone early in the game and gave up eight runs in the first inning. Mt. Everett, which hails from Sheffield, MA, in the southern Berkshires, added one in the third and five in the fourth to go up 14-0. Mt. Everett added its final run in the sixth inning.

But Twin Valley didn’t give up, and the Wildcats battled back with five runs in the bottom of the sixth and one in the seventh.

James McGovern went 1 for 3 with a run batted in. He also scored twice.

“Our kids showed a lot of guts today and it was great to see the effort in the late innings,” said Twin Valley coach Brian Monroe.

The Wildcats are 3-5-1 on the season. They will be back in action Friday, traveling to Green Mountain for a 4:30 pm game.

On Monday they head to Townshend for a rematch with Leland & Gray.

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