Baseball finally gets back on diamond
SPRINGFIELD- Twin Valley Middle High School’s varsity baseball team finally had its first game of the season Thursday, April 26. While the Wildcats came up short against the Cosmos, 10-6, they were happy to finally get out on the grass and get a game under their belt.
“We were super pleased with our effort, defense, and how we swung the bat,” said Wildcats coach Brian Monroe.
Twin Valley opened the scoring, plating two runs in the first inning. Senior Connor Dupuis drove home both runs. Springfield countered with three runs in the bottom of the first, dinging Wildcats starter Joey Rafus for the trio of runs.
The Wildcats scored a run in the top of the second, knotting the game at three. But the Cosmos sent two more runners across the dish in the bottom of the inning. Rafus pitched into the second inning, but being the Wildcats’ first game of the season, he was on a short leash. Dupuis came on in relief with two outs in the second.
“Our pitchers were on a pitch count,” said Monroe of the short stints on the mound.
Dupuis pitched a clean third inning, but the Wildcats failed to plate any runs in the third or fourth innings. The Cosmos led 4-3 after the top of the fourth inning.
Hayden Reed took the mound to start the bottom of the fourth. He was roughed up for four runs in the inning, and another run in the fifth. Reed pitched a scoreless bottom of the sixth to close the book on the Twin Valley pitchers. Springfield led 10-3 after six innings.
The Wildcats woke up at the plate in the top of the seventh, scoring three runs. But the rally fell short and the visitors ran out of outs to complete the comeback.
Eric Bolognani led the Wildcats at the plate, going 3-4. He also scored a run. Dupuis and Logan Park were each 2-4, and Park scored a run.
Mount Everett 12, TV 0
SHEFFIELD, MA- The Twin Valley varsity baseball team made its annual trek down Route 7 to play Mount Everett on Wednesday. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, they were blanked by the powerful Eagles, 12-0.
“Our team effort was not there today.” said Twin Valley coach Brian Monroe. “We struggled at the plate and in the field.”
Only four runners reached base for the Wildcats. Joey Rafus, who doubled, and Hayden Reed mustered the only hits for Twin Valley.
“We are a young team and we will definitely get to where we need to be, as long as our effort picks up,” said Monroe. Twin Valley is 0-2 on the season.
The Wildcats hope to get on the winning track when they host Green Mountain today. They travel to Arlington Saturday. They are scheduled to host Woodstock Monday, and then travel to Woodstock Wednesday, May 9. All games are slated to start at 4:30 pm.