Twin Valley limps into second half of season
by Jack Deming
May 16, 2014 | 2712 views | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hannah Swanson stretches to make the play at first base.
Hannah Swanson stretches to make the play at first base.
The Twin Valley Wildcats had a rocky week, losing three out of four games, beginning with a doubleheader at Black River in which the Wildcats were outscored 23-9. The Wildcats came back home to capture a big win over Proctor on Monday, only to lose their third straight road game on Wednesday, and fall below the .500 mark as the second half of the season begins to roll.

Game One: BR 10 TV 3

Game Two: BR 13 TV 6

LUDLOW- The Twin Valley Wildcats played a doubleheader to begin their week on Saturday, traveling to Black River to face the Presidents. From the start, the Wildcats couldn’t find a hit, and Jordan Niles couldn’t find a good rhythm on the mound. The Wildcats were outmatched at the plate, but Savannah Nesbitt provided a big moment for the Wildcats, smacking the team’s second home run in team history. Nesbitt would also see her first pitching duties of the season, relieving Niles in the third inning, and limiting the Presidents’ runs in the final four innings. Nesbitt and Sammy Cunningham-Darrah would combine for Twin Valley’s three runs, but with limited offense, the Wildcats took a game-one loss.

The Wildcats found no luck in game two, as the Presidents jumped out to an early, 9-2 lead after three innings. But once again, Nesbitt, who got her first start on the mound of the season, provided a big moment for the Wildcats, hitting her second home run of the day to cap a 3-3 day batting. Nesbitt also scored four of the team’s six runs. Colton Butler replaced Nesbitt in the third inning and allowed four runs over three innings, while the Wildcats attempted to rally. While the same pitching and defensive woes seem to haunt the Wildcats in their losses, manager Aaron Wood said that there were positives in the team’s play offensively.

“I feel like a broken record saying this, but we need to not give up walks,” said manager Aaron Wood. “We need better defense too, but our bats are coming around a bit.”

TV 9 Proctor 1

WHITINGHAM- Going into the second half of the season, Twin Valley manager Aaron Wood has found his top pitcher. Last week Colton Butler shut down Poultney, allowing one run in 4 1/3 innings. This week, Butler pitched six shutout innings before allowing a run, to lead the Wildcats to victory over Proctor.

Butler had two on base in the top of the first inning, but quick-thinking defense by Savannah Nesbitt tagging a runner on her way to third helped set the defensive pace. Over the next two innings, the Wildcat defense allowed only one single, and recorded three groundouts. Nesbitt took home on a wild pitch, followed by an RBI single from Butler, which scored Abby Putnam. Natalie Herrick and Jessica Fox would each record RBIs in the inning, to boost the lead to 6-0. Twin Valley would pour on three more by the end of the game, and allow Proctor one for the 9-1 win.

Wood was impressed with his team’s play, but also said he would like to see his batters in the seven-through-nine slots in the lineup provide more offense. As for his team’s pitching, he said the season has had its ups and downs, but he is impressed with Butler’s performance of late.

“I think Colton is getting more comfortable on the mound,” said Wood. “We need her to continue with that confidence.”

Abby Putnam finished the day 2 for 3 with two runs to lead the Wildcats from the batter’s box.

Burr & Burton 16 TV 11

MANCHESTER- The Wildcats rolled into Burr and Burton Academy looking to even their record, but after early success, let the game slip away.

Colton Butler got the start for the Wildcats who quickly went down 3-0 after the first inning. But the Wildcats would battle over the next five innings, scoring seven in the second, and one more in the third for insurance. But the Bulldogs rallied in the fourth, scoring seven runs, and after the Wildcats tied it up in the fifth, the Bulldogs blew up the scoreboard with six runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Wood said a combination of bad defensive errors and questionable calls for his base runners made for a chaotic game. Butler did strike out four batters and walk six.

Butler also led the team in batting, hitting the Wildcats’ fourth home run in five games, and knocked home three RBIs. Savannah Nesbitt went 2 for 5 with two RBIs.

The Wildcats sit at 4-6 on the season and will play host to Springfield on Friday at 4:30 pm.

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