JV Hurricanes drop opener
On a rain-threatened day, with the wind gusting, the Junior Varsity Hurricanes baseball team displayed flashes of brilliance in the field but couldn’t muster an offensive attack, dropping its first game of the year 14-4 to a formidable Jamestown team.
The visiting Hurricanes were listless at the plate until the top of the order. Fisher Johnston, Wyatt Hall, and Blaize Hatfield managed to get aboard with a pair of walks and an infield error in the fourth inning. That was when team captain Sam Stockman, who pitched valiantly in the loss, netted player of the game honors by belting a ringing grand slam to left field.
Stockman showed good composure on the mound as well, despite getting roughed up in his first start of the year.
Second baseman Fisher Johnston, runner-up for player of the game honors, was stellar in the field, and pivotal in turning two double plays. Johnston turned a 6-4-3 double play in the third inning following a perfect toss from shortstop Ezrah Murray. He then caught a Jamestown runner napping in the fourth when he snagged a pop up and smartly tossed the ball to third baseman Wyatt Hall, who stepped on the bag.
Despite feeling the sting of the loss, this was a learning experience for the boys from Block Island, some of whom are just getting to know the nuances of the game of baseball.
Next up for the JV Hurricanes squad is a game at the Wheeler School in Seekonk, Mass. on Friday, May 17 at 3:15 p.m.