A young team in building mode

Fri, 06/03/2022 - 2:45pm

The Hurricanes Varsity Baseball team ran into a pitching machine Saturday in the fog at Heinz Field, and the machine won.
With precision and remarkable accuracy, Putnam threw nothing but blazing strikes past the very young Block Island team, which this year is made up of many eighth graders facing high school pitching for the first time. At one point Putnam’s pitcher threw nine straight strikes to retire the side, drawing “wows” from the entire crowd.
But the ‘Canes were not intimidated, aggressively swinging at each opportunity, choking up on the bat as needed to get around, with their older teammates encouraging and
showing leadership, they gutted-out three runs including a first inning score by Augie Lambert.
But is wasn’t enough, as they lost 9-3 as one would expect.
Block Island junior ace Sam Stockman mixed up a repertoire of curves and fastballs of his own as the teams played even for the first couple of innings. What Stockman lacks
in accuracy he makes up for in remarkable arm strength, speed and a deceptive whiplike delivery. Come his senior year, with a focus on working on consistency, Stockman
could be remarkable.
A tiring Stockman was relieved part way through the game by the reliable Lambert who moved over from shortstop. But the sheer strength and speed of the older Putnam players wore the battery out, and once on base caused havoc.
When you are in middle school, high school pitching speeds can be intimidating, but down the road with even more game experience, the Hurricanes will be in very good shape with a team of kids that knows no fear.