Stevens Holds On for the Victory
Stevens first baseman Trey Dansereau strains to pick up the throw just as Windsor’s Ethan Hill makes it safely to first base at Barnes Park. Cards won, 5-4. (Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »
Windsor's Ethan Hill pitches against Stevens at Barnes Park in Claremont. (Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »
Austin Tenney sprints toward home plate during the game against Windsor. (Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »
Windsor's Tyson Boudro tags out Stevens' Ryan Tanguay at second base. (Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »
Caleb Beckley pitches against Windsor at Barnes Park in Claremont. (Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »
Claremont — As the old baseball saying says, it’s the good teams that win close games. Well, the Stevens baseball team certainly is candidate to wear that “good team” label.
Last Wednesday the Cardinals defeated Newport in the last of the seventh, 2-1, and 24 hours later repeated the last of the seventh heroics with a 5-4 nail biter win over Fall Mountain.
The trend continued yesterday when a two-out seventh inning pop-up with the tying run on third was half-in and half-out of first baseman Trey Dansereau’s glove as he and the Cardinals held on for a 5-4 win over Windsor at sunny Barnes Park.
Stevens had a 5-2 lead after five innings, but the Yellowjackets got a run off a tiring Caleb Beckley in the sixth and added another in the seventh and came a snow cone away from tying the game.
With two down and Windsor’s Tyson Boudro on third Matt Thayer hit one of those not-very-high no man’s land pop-ups between the mound and first base. It was too far for Beckley to get to, leaving only charging first baseman Dansereau with a chance. Flashing the glove at the last second, Dansereau snared the ball on the run with the top of his glove, a good portion of the ball showing as he covered it up to with his hand to end the game.
“That’s the kind of year it’s been for us,” said Windsor coach Don Swinyer.
For Stevens it been the kind of year that Paul Silva has never seen in his seven years of coaching the Cardinals.
Stevens is 7-2 and started the day tied for fifth place in Division III. “Even when I was an assistant I can’t ever remember us being 7-2,” said Silva who assisted Kevin Davidson before taking over the Cardinals.
Silva gave a lot of credit for the win to Beckley who pitched four innings last Thursday but still told Silva he was ready to go yesterday.
“I think he got tired, but he hung in there,” said Silva.
The lost left Windsor at 2-7 and Swinyer shaking his head a bit.
“We didn‘t take advantage of some situations and they did,” said Swinyer. “And good teams find a way to win.”
The two runs that decided the game were scored by Stevens in the fifth inning. One was earned and one was a gift. Stevens was leading, 3-2, at the time.
With one down Logan Batchelder singled to left and came all the way around when Austin Tenney doubled down the leftfield line. But when Windsor pitcher Ethan Hill tried to pick Tenney off second, his throw not only eluded the second baseman, but went through the center fielder as well, allowing Tenney to score easily.
All that made the comeback road a little rockier for the Jacks.
In the sixth Windsor got one run and could have had more. Connor Collins started the inning by reaching on the Cardinals’ only error of the game. He went to second on an infield out and to third on Ethan Hill’s infield single.
Tanner Tibbits followed with a fielder’s choice grounder that scored Collins. Though Shawn Pinsonault followed with a single to right center, Beckley got out the inning by getting called third strike of Jacob Meager.
Stevens got an unearned run in the second and in the fourth scored twice more as Mike Puksta had a run-producing single and Bryar Rouillard an RBI triple.
Evan Hill was the complete game pitcher for Windsor. He gave up six hits, with six strikeouts and just one base on balls. He threw 87 pitches.
Hill also had an RBI double in the first while the second Windsor run in the second came on a walk, stolen base and two infield grounders.
Both teams have two more games this week. Stevens goes to Mascoma Wednesday and Hillsborough-Deering on Saturday. Windsor hosts Bellows Falls Thursday and travels to Springfield on Saturday.