Cardinals Earn a Crisp Win Over Tigers
Claremont — With two outs and nobody on in the last of the seventh inning, Stevens High got a walk, single and a double to pull out a 2-1 win over Newport in a well-played baseball game at Barnes Park last night.
The run culminated terrific complete-game pitching efforts by Stevens’ Ryan Tanguay (122 pitches) and Newport’s Aaron Cherry (116 pitches).
In the last of the seventh, the first two Cardinal batters, Donald Pellerin and Logan Batchelder lined out to the Newport outfield. Austin Tenney then drew a four-pitch walk. Cleanup hitter Trey Dansereau followed with a roller up the middle that was knocked down by Newport shortstop Spencer Coronis, but he had no play at either base.
Tanguay was next, and he skied the first pitch he saw to deep center field, where Tiger outfielder Taner Sherman couldn’t quite catch up to it and the game was over.
Both coaches were appreciative of the game’s quality.
“I told the kids that you want to be part of a game like this,” said Newport coach Bob Bates.
“High school baseball is fun when it’s played right like it was tonight,” said Stevens coach Paul Silva.
Silva was also thankful that his Cardinals played so well (errorless defense) after not playing well at all in a 9-0 loss to Hanover last Friday night. “We’ve been struggling and played so poorly Friday night,” said Silva.
The pitching was very sharp, and Bates was glad to see Cherry bounce back after a short stint on the mound in a game last week with Sunapee.
“He battled all the way,” said Bates.
Cherry ended up with a seven-hitter, walking four and striking out four.
Tanguay did not walk a batter, fanned eight and gave up six hits. Tanguay had not pitched in 10 days, so Silva said he wasn’t too worried about the pitch count. However, he said if there was an eighth inning he would have not gone out there.
When Tanguay’s drive went to center field I it was hard to tell if it might be caught because not only was it deep, but it was high and Sherman was tracking it like he had a bead on it, but it just sailed over his outstretched glove.
“I don’t know what I would have done it he caught that,” Silva said.
For a while, it looked like the run Newport scored in the second inning might stand up. Then in the fifth inning, Stevens had runners on second and third with two outs when a pitch got away from Cherry and skipped off the glove of the leaping Newport catcher to tie the game.
Stevens had an opportunity to tie the game in the fourth when Dansereau, a left-handed batter, hit a drive down the line in left that outfielder Dan Huot appeared to lose in the lights. When he finally located the ball and chased it down, Dansereau was motoring around the bases. As he headed towards third base, coach Silva (who would later second guess himself) sent him home, where he was thrown out when Coronis grabbed the relay and fired home. While his throw was high, Tiger catcher Austin Turner leaped, made the catch and put the tag on the belly-sliding Dansereau.
Newport’s run in the second inning came when Matt Bocko singled with one out, stole second and came the rest of the way on Devin Wade’s base hit.
Tanguay had a three-hit game for Stevens, while Bryar Rouillard and Dansereau each had two. Bocko had two hits for Newport.
Stevens (5-2) has another home game tonight with Fall Mountain while Newport (2-6) goes to Hopkinton tomorrow afternoon.