Cougars Keep Rolling
North Sutton, n.h. — On Monday, the Kearsarge Regional High baseball team took a 15-0 shellacking at Winnisquam that left the team at 3-6 and not feeling very good about itself. First-year coach Travis Pelletier called a team meeting, where it was decided that the season was going to be lost if they didn’t turn things around pretty soon.
Pelletier should call more team meetings.
On Wednesday, the new-look Cougars whipped Mascenic, 13-2, and yesterday rolled past Mascoma 8-1.
Yesterday’s outcome made for a jubilant Pelletier. But across the field, Mascoma coach Guy Serviss was giving his team a lesson.
“I really lit into them,” said Serviss. “We were swinging at pitches over our heads, getting into bad counts and making it easy for their pitcher (Berkley Stevens). We were a bad baseball team today.”
Stevens tossed a complete game three-hitter for Kearsarge.
“It all starts with the pitching,” said Pelletier.
Berkley threw 96 pitches, and while his defense had a couple of errors, it was pretty solid all day. It had to make a lot plays because there were only four strikeouts. Berkley walked just two.
One of those solid defensive plays came in the Mascoma first, after the Royals had a run in and runners on first and third with one out. Ethan Neily then hit a ball to Kearsarge third baseman Zach Lobdell, who checked the runner and threw to first for the out. When he made the throw, Mascoma’s Adam Dutille, who was on third, broke for home. Kearsarge first baseman Zach Bromwell wheeled and made such a good throw to home that catcher Ryan Stanley received the ball in front plate and held it there as Dutille slid into it. What was potentially a big inning was quickly over. Mascoma had two hits in that inning and did not make another one until there were two out in the sixth.
The Nos. 4-9 batters in the order were 0-for-16 for the Royals (4-4), who were playing their third of four consecutive road games. Mascoma visits Inter-Lakes on Tuesday.
“You know, we had two rounds of batting practice yesterday, and you can see what good it did us,” said Serviss.
Mascoma used three pitchers, with Cam Braley going the first four innings, Walt Hammond the fifth and Chris Sanborn the sixth.
The Cougars’ Brad Donnelly did what a leadoff hitter is supposed to do, as he reached base all four times, with three singles and a walk. He scored twice.
Donnelly started the bottom of the first inning with a double to left and tied the game when he scored on Stevens’ two-out single to right. Kearsarge took the lead for good in the third. After Donnelly singled and Nick Bailey walked, Pelletier, a devout small-ball guy, then had his No. 3 hitter bunt them both over. Donnelly then scored on an infield out and Stanley singled in Bailey. Donnelly’s third hit made it 4-1 in the fourth as he singled in Ben Newbern, who had walked and stolen second base.
The Cougars put a lock on the game with four runs in the sixth on just two hits, one a two-run single from Bromwell. The Royals made two errors in the inning.
The Cougars (5-6) go to Newport on Monday.