JV Hurricanes wrap up season
A clutch diving catch by Sam Stockman on a challenging foul ball, which he cradled with two hands, preserved a tie ballgame and ended the 2019 season for the Junior Varsity Hurricanes baseball team on a high note.
Stockman, team captain this season, garnered player of the game honors by striking out nine Providence Country Day batters, while yielding only three hits, as the Hurricanes played to a 6-6 tie at Dickerman Field in East Providence on Friday. Stockman’s catch halted a PCD threat in the bottom of the final frame by stranding a runner at third base.
Assistant team captain Fisher Johnston sparked the offense by going 2-for-4, belting a triple, and scoring two runs. He also made some solid defensive plays in the field, capping his junior varsity campaign with a flourish.
It was a different story during the team’s previous two games. After bashing the ball all around the park in a victory over the Wheeler School on May 17, the team hit a slump. Despite a good pitching performance from assistant captain Blaize Hatfield, and player of the game Angel Rodriguez, who made a couple of nice catches in center field, the Hurricanes lost to The San Miguel School 5-0 at Heinz Field on May 29.
Hatfield surrendered four hits, while striking out seven San Miguel batters, but the team’s offense couldn’t muster a timely hit to advance the runners and pose a threat in the game.
It was the same result in an 18-3 loss to Our Lady of Mercy in Warwick on May 24. Hatfield pitched well in his first career start, but was the victim of some sloppy play in the outfield. This was a learning experience for the young Hatfield, as he showed flashes of things to come while facing a talented Our Lady of Mercy team.
All in all, it was a learning experience for the boys, as they developed throughout the season, and learned to play together as a team.