End of the season
After a slow start, the Hurricanes baseball team gained its stride, winning five of their last six games and increasingly by impressive numbers.
Led by a terrific all-around defensive effort in the field by second baseman Augie Lambert (18), the ‘Canes settled down behind consistent pitching and steadily improved at the plate with better pitch selection and attention to mechanics. This past week they scored 31 runs in just two games and dominated Wednesday in a 15- 5 win against Davies to add to those totals.
First year Manager Mason Littlefield said: “Lambert has been the steady team leader of late, no question. He has gobbled up every ball hit his way. The kids are more relaxed and starting to really enjoy playing.”
Assistant Manager Tadhq O’Neil agreed, noting: “Lambert used to be a catcher and seamlessly made the transition to second base.”
Said O’Neil: “It’s been fun this year coaching with Mason as we played together for the school and knew a lot of these kids. Many are
good athletes. They work out all the time and they have steadily gotten better. It’s become fun for them and us.”
The team has raised its record and league profile to 7-5 with one game left on the schedule. Cole McGinnes leads the team with an amazing on-base percentage as lead-off batter. McGinnes has been known to “lean” over the plate often affording him a free pass to first base where he gets the team scoring into gear as his speed takes over on the basepaths.
“We don’t lack for speed,” noted O’Neil, “we’ve got some very fast, fearless players.”
Both O’Neil and Littlefield had high praise for sophomore pitcher Sam Stockman who worked all off-season on his fundamentals and mechanics. “He’s young,” said O’Neil, “and as he gets stronger he is going to become a terrific pitcher for the school.”
The ‘Canes face off against Blackstone Valley Prep Friday afternoon in the final game of the year for seniors and the team. The game is
home at the manicured Heinz Field, which offers one of the best natural turf surfaces for baseball in the state according to all the visiting teams.