Cards Blank Royals
Claremont — There is a short list of ways to simplify the game of baseball, but near the top of that list is throwing strikes. With Stevens High School’s 10-3 win over Mascoma yesterday at Barnes Park, the Cardinals moved to 3-0. In those three wins, the Stevens pitchers have issued just three walks and have not allowed an earned run.
After Ryan Tanguay was hit the strike zone in the first two Stevens victories, Logan Batchelder tossed a three-hit gem yesterday without allowing a walk. Batchelder, a senior right-hander, threw 106 pitches, 71 for strikes. He had just two three-ball counts and of his 10 strikeouts, five came in the last two innings.
Stevens coach Paul Silva has long preached about playing the game right.
“You know when you are not walking people, you can still make a mistake defensively and it will not hurt you,” Silva said. “Baseball is a fun game, but it’s a lot more fun when you play it right. Right now we’re playing the game the way it is supposed to be played.”
Mascoma (1-1) played the game right for awhile, but the Royals eventually bunched their mistakes, allowing Stevens to have a relatively easy time.
“We’re certainly not at our best, but it’s early. I’m not too worried,” Mascoma coach Guy Serviss said. “We did some nice things early, but we didn’t keep it up throughout the game.”
Walt Hammond started on the mound for Mascoma. Serviss thought he was just missing the corners. “He was just a bit off the mark,” he said.
Hammond went the first four innings, with Zach Warner working the fifth and sixth. They allowed just six hits, but there were six walks, four errors, a wild pitch and five passed balls.
“I know it’s earl,y and this game can come back and bite you, but right now we got things going pretty good,” Silva said.
Trey Dansereau knocked in the first three Stevens runs — one with an infield grounder in the first and two more in the third with a bases-loaded single. Stevens scored four times in the fourth on just one hit as there were three walks and two errors. Dansereau had his fourth RBI with his second hit.
The wheels really came off in the sixth for Mascoma. Stevens’ Austin Tenney, who is 6-for-10 this season, had a single in the inning, and Tanguay added a long double. But an error and four passed balls — one on a third strike that allowed Batchelder to reach first — were major contributors.
Tenney and Dansereau each finished with two hits.
Cardinal leadoff batter Donald Pellerin certainly did what a leadoff batter is supposed to do. He walked four times and scored four runs.
Hammond and Adam Dutille had RBI singles for Mascoma, which goes to Franklin today.
Stevens hosts Monadnock tomorrow.