Thursday, April 30, 2009

Cook Dominant in Season Finale

BA pitcher Nathan Cook (Riverside, SC) ended his baseball season in dramatic fashion as he held St. Joseph’s College to just four hits and three runs over six innings then unloaded a grand slam home run in the sixth as the Wolverines climaxed a record season with a very impressive 8-3 win over the Monks. BA batters were able to pick away at St. Joe’s pitching, scoring single runs in the second, third, and fourth innings to mount a 3-0 lead. A change in pitching in the sixth brought good fortune to the Wolverines as lead off batter Monte Marrocco (Winchester, MA) was hit by a pitch, Sean Gavin (Keene, NH) followed with a single, then Brandon Dutch (Monroe, CT) was also hit by a pitch to load the bases for Cook. Cook ran the count to 2-0, and then sent the next pitch high over the 350’ mark in left field to clear the bases. It was Cook’s sixth home run of the season – setting a new BA record. The Monks came back with two in the bottom of the sixth, but it was too little, too late. Gavin Scott (Vienna, VA) came in to close the seventh, striking out the first two batters he faced and ending the game on an infield out. The 2009 Wolverines, considered by Coach Brad Smith as one of the strongest in BA history, end their season with a record-high eighteen wins and only five losses.

BA Tops Tilton, Sets Win Record

The BA Wolverines scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to overcome a one run deficit to beat a fine Tilton School team by the score of 4-3 in their final home game of the season. After the teams traded one run in the first inning, BA added one in the second as Brian Murray (Burlington, MA) lead off with a double. Anthony Jimenez (Agawam, MA) moved Murray to third on a nice sacrifice bunt, and Murray later scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Mike Murphy (Lancaster, MA). Tilton came back to tie with one run in the third and then took the lead, 3-2, in the fifth. Nathan Cook (Riverside, SC) doubled to lead off the bottom of the sixth and promptly scored on Bobby William’s (Wilmot Falls, MA) single to left. Williams then scored the winning run when Pete Creamer (Groveland, MA) reached on an infield error. Williams went the distance on the mound for the Wolverines, striking out ten batters while scattering just three hits. The win sets a new school record for most victories in a season at seventeen, breaking the old record set just last year. The 2009 season comes to an end tomorrow as the Wolverines travel down 302 to St. Joseph’s College for a 4:00 contest.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wolverines Top Lumberjacks for Regular Season Conference Championship

The BA Wolverines captured their tenth regular season conference championship in eleven years under Coach Brad Smith with a well-earned come-from-behind 3-1 victory over Hebron Academy. Hebron pitching tied up the BA bats over the first three innings as five Wolverines went down on strikes. With Hebron holding on to a 1-0 lead and with one out in the fourth, Myles Brown (Cope, SC) doubled to center and later tied the game up as he scored on Monte Marrocco’s single to left. The deciding inning came one frame later as BA pushed across two more runs as Nathan Cook’s (Riverside, SC) sacrific fly scored Mike Murphy (Lancaster, MA) and a hit batsman with the bases loaded scored Brandon Dutch (Munroe, CT) with the third and final run. Once again the victory was fueled by effective pitching as Barrett Elliott (Foxborough, MA) pitched five strong innings, giving up a single run while scattering four hits. Lane Garvey (Marlbourough, MA) came in from the bullpen and slammed the door on the Hebron offense in the sixth and seventh innings to seal the win. The victory is the sixteenth of the year which ties the school record, set just last year, for wins in a season. The Wolverines have a chance to make a little history of their own as they host the Tilton School this Wednesday at 3:15.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Wolverines Survive Seawolves Scare for 15th Win

The adage, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” was never more evident today as the Wolverines staved off a ferocious six-run sixth inning rally by the nationally ranked Southern Maine Community College Seawolves to win their fifteenth game of the season, 13-11. The day didn’t start well for the home club as SMCC took a quick 2-0 in the top of the first. However, the Wolverines bats responded with four runs in the first, four in the second, two in the third, and three more in the fourth to open what seemed like a confortable 13-2 lead. Down but not out, the Seawolves scored three runs in the fifth off of a tiring Sean Mullaney (Newton, MA) who held the Seawolves scoreless in the second, third and fourth frames. Coach Brad Smith then called Zach Walker (Hingham, MA) out of the bullpen to close the sixth and final inning. Several key hits and some defensive lapses made the game interesting as the Seawolves rallied with six to make the score 13-11 and had the tying run at the plate when the final out was made. The victory gives the Wolverines a chance to tie the school record for most wins in a season as they host the Lumberjacks of Hebron Academy in a MAISAD conference game Tuesday at 4:00.

Wolverines Starter Sean Mullaney delivers a pitch.

Wolverines Catcher Peter Creamer blocks the plate and applies the tag to end the inning.

Sean Gavin and Monte Marrocco get the double play started...

And the turn...

And the delivery...

Monday, April 27, 2009

TIME CHANGE 4/27 VS SMCC, Game moved from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM

This afternoons game versus SMCC has been changed from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM.

Navy Prep Ends Wolverines’ Ten-Game Winning Streak

The BA baseball team, winner of ten straight games and thirteen of their last fourteen, had their win streak come to an end today as they lost to a determined Navy Prep squad by the score of 6-3. Wolverine starting pitcher Gavin Scott (Vienna, VA) scattered eight hits and struck out eight, but admittedly was not as sharp as he’s been in previous outings. However, the Wolervine offense which has been averaging over twelve runs per game was uncharacteristically quiet as it was limited to only seven hits and failed to respond to several key scoring opportunities. The loss brings their record to 14-5. A key game is on slate for Monday as the Seawolves of Southern Maine Community College, sporting one of their best teams in recent history, come to North Bridgton for a 4:00 contest. The Wolverines hope to avenge a heartbreaking 6-5 loss earlier in the season.

Murray Makes the throw from the outfield.

Marrocco flips the ball to Gavin.

Tough out at 3rd base during a BA rally.

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BA puts on the hit and run...

Gavin on the mound.

Gavin covers the plate on a passed ball.

Creamer protecting home plate.

Playing the bunt.

Wolverines Top Navy Prep in Doubleheader Opener

Nathan Cook (Riverside, SC) pitched a brilliant three-hit shutout, and then supplied much of the offense as the Wolverines took Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader with Navy Prep by the score of 9-0. Cook retired the sides in the second, fourth and fifth innings, and had the NP hitters off balanced with a mixture of fast balls and off-speed pitches all day long, striking out a season high twelve batters. The Wolverines got on the board with one run in the first and three in the second on key hits by Bobby Williams (Wilmot Falls, MA) and Mookie Nelson (Randolph, MA). Cook helped his own cause with a key two RBI single in the fourth then put the icing on the cake with another two RBI single in the sixth. Besides Cook, Williams, Nelson, and Brandon Dutch (Munroe, CT) were repeat hitters for the Wolverines.

BA Tops Huskies 8-4 in Conference Showdown

It is not often that a former governor, a current governor, and a United States Senator are in attendance when the Wolverines take the field. However, all three were among the hundred or so spectators on hand on the Kents Hill campus for the dedication of Peter McKernan Field. After the thirty-minute ceremony, the Wolverines wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Nathan Cook’s (Riverside, SC) booming ground rule double plated Monty Marocco (Winchester, MA) with the first run. BA scored three more times in the next inning as Myles Brown (Cope, SC) delivered a solid two RBI single to push the lead to 3-1 and then scored himself on a sacrifice fly by Sean Gavin (Keene, NH). Brown figured in the next three runs as his plated two more runners with a double in the second and a triple in the seventh, then scored the eighth run in the same inning. BA pitcher Bobby Williams (Wilmot Falls, MA) started slowly but got stronger as the game went along, giving up just four hits while setting down a dozen on strikes for a complete game win. The victory assures the Wolverines of at least a share of the regular season conference title. BA takes their 13-4 record back home to face a very tough Navy Prep nine in a Sunday doubleheader beginning at noon.

BA Shows Depth in Pitching

Wolverine hurlers Billy Kenyon (Avon, CT) and Anthony Jimenez (Agawam, MA) combined to limit the Huskies of New Hampton School to just one hit and a single run while getting tons of run support as BA put this one to bed in five innings by a score of 15-1. Kenyon got the nod for his first start of the year and pitched effectively, retiring the sides in order for the first two frames and giving up one run in the third. Jimenez silenced the Husky bats in the fourth and fifth as he retired the sides in both innings. The BA bats supported the fine pitching efforts with eleven hits and fifteen runs. After a scoreless first inning, the Wolverines broke through with four runs in the second, and then put the game out of reach with nine in the third and two in the fourth. Monte Marrocco (Winchester, MA) and Nathan Cook (Riverside, SC) each collected two hits and knocked in three RBI’s apiece. Brian Murray (Burlington, MA) and Bobby Williams (Wilmot Falls, MA) also garnered two hits apiece. Now 12-4, the Wolverines are on the road Saturday as they take on conference foe, Kents Hill School, at 1:00.

Myles Brown trying to put down a bunt.

Myles Brown getting high fives from teammates after scoring a run for BA.

Brian Murray steals second.

Brian Murray scores another run for the Wolverines.

Mookie Nelson connects for a hit.

Mookie Nelson strikes a pose.

Monte Marrocco with part of the infield still on his uniform.

Monte Marrocco collects an RBI.

Nathan Cook runs around the bases.

Coach Smith talking to the team.

Bobby Williams connects for a hit.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Walker Shines in Wolverine Win

Zach Walker (Hingham, MA) pitched four-plus masterful innings in relief, stopping the Westbrook High School offense cold as the Wolverines came from behind to win this one going away by a score of 10-6. Walker gave up just three hits and allowed only one walk in relief of Sean Mullaney (Newton, MA) who ran into control problems in the third. Ahead 1-0, the Wolverines added three more in the third inning as Nathan Cook (Riverside, NC) drove a 0-1 fastball high and deep over the left field fence with two runners aboard. But Westbrook came storming back to score five in the bottom of the same inning to go ahead 5-4. The Wolverines responded with two in the fourth to regain the lead 6-5 and then put the game out of reach with three more runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh. The BA offense was led by Cook who had two more hits in addition to his round tripper and also had a key sacrifice fly that scored Monte Marrocco (Winchester, MA) in the critical fourth inning. Now 11-4, Wolverines get ready to host District II opponent New Hampton School this Friday at 4:00.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Doubleheader Vs Navy Prep UPDATE

UPDATE: This Sundays doubleheader versus Navy Prep will start at noon instead of 1 o'clock.

Rain Halts BA’s Bid for Number 11

Miserable weather and sloppy field conditions finally took their toll as the men in blue called the game in the third with the Wolverines holding on to a 4-1 lead over Phillips Exeter Academy. BA took no time getting started as Monte Marrocco (Winchester, MA) led off the first inning with a stand-up double to left. However, the Wolverines were not able to score. BA did get four in the second as Marrocco and Brandon Dutch (Monroe, CT) each contributed two-RBI singles. Exeter’s lone run came in the second. The rain-out gives BA pitching ace Gavin Scott (Vienna, VA) an extra day’s rest as he is slated to pitch the first game of the Navy Prep doubleheader slated for Sunday.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ten Runs Produce Tenth Win

Bobby Williams (Wilmot Falls, MA) and Barrett Elliott (Foxborough, MA) combined to limit the Kents Hill offense to just two hits as the BA baseball team won its tenth game of the season by the score of 10-0. BA scored three runs in the first, one in the second, two in the third, three in the fourth, and one in the fifth to put this one away in five innings. The BA bats responded with eleven hits, including three home runs. Brandon Dutch (Monroe, CT) hit a solo shot in the second, Miles Brown (Cope, SC) hit a mammoth two-run shot to center field in the third, and Peter Creamer (Groveland, MA) hit a three-run round tripper to right field in the fourth. The victory is the third conference win of the season and all but assures the Wolverines of at least a share of the conference title. Standing with a record of 10-4, Wolverines travel to Thornton Academy on Tuesday for a non-conference game beginning at 4:00.

Monday, April 20, 2009

This just in.....

Bridgton Academy is now a member of the New England Club Baseball Association.

This will have a fantastic impact on our fall baseball schedule and recruitment opportunities for our players. Bridgton will be in the North Division with University of Maine, University of New England, and University of New Hampshire. Also in the NECBA: University of Connecticut, Fairfield, Yale, Sacred Heart, Boston University, Emmanuel College, Holy Cross, and Northeastern.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Wolverines Make Quick Work of Winchendon

BA pitcher Lane Garvey (Marlborough, MA) limited the Winchendon School to just one hit and no runs while striking out five en route to his first win of the season. The Wolverine offense gave him plenty of support, feasting off of two Winchendon pitchers for twenty hits - including three home runs and five doubles - that produced twenty-eight runs. Joining the list of multiple hitters included Sean Gavin (Keene, NH), Brandon Dutch (Monroe, CT), Nathan Cook (Riverside, NH), Pete Creamer (Groveland, MA) and Brian Murray (Burlington, MA). The defensive gem of the day came in the fourth inning as Murray caught a long fly ball in right field and then gunned down a Winchendon player who has tagged third and attempted to score his team’s only run. The victory climaxes a successful week for the Wolverines, winning five out six games played in as many days. Standing at 9-4, the Wolverines face an intense schedule this week with eight games, including a Sunday doubleheader with Navy Prep. However, the main focus will be tomorrow’s 4:00 home game against MAISAD opponent, the Kents Hill School. A win will guarantee the Wolverines at least a share of the conference title.

Wolverines Top Monks, 5-2

The BA Wolverines combined good pitching, solid defense, and timely hitting to win their eighth game of the season, 5-2, over the Monks of St. Joseph’s College. Winning pitcher Sean Mullaney (Newton, MA) went five innings, giving up a pair of hits and a pair of runs, while stiking out four. Zach Walker (Hingham, MA) was again effective in relief, pitching two scoreless frames while striking out three. The Wolverines score twice in the third and twice in the fifth and added an insurance run in the sixth. St. Joeseph’s responded with single runs in the fourth and fifth. The Wolverines managed only four hits but took advantage of some shaky Monk’s pitching, as they scored on twice on wild pitches. The BA defense helped the cause as they turned two nifty double plays. The win is the third straight in as many days over college opponents and the fourth win in five games this week. The last long road trip of the season comes at the midpoint of the schedule as the Wolverines travel to the Winchendon School on Saturday for a 1:30 contest.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Nathan ‘Cooks’ Central Maine - Well Done!

BA pitching ace Nathan Cook (Riverside, NC) silenced all but three Central Maine Community College hitters while setting down nine on strikes as the Wolverines came away with a very exciting and hard-fought victory, beating previously unbeaten Mustangs by the score of 2-1. Other than an unearned run in the second, Cook was in control the whole ball game, mixing pitches and speeds, and not yielding a single walk. Down 1-0 in the second, BA tied things up as Cook reached on an error, advanced to second on a pass ball, and was driven in on Pete Creamer’s (Groveland, MA) single to right centerfield. The go ahead run came in the fifth as Monte Marrocco (Winchester, MA) opened the inning with a booming triple to center field.
Sean Gavin (Keene, NH) battled the CMCC pitcher for seven or eight pitches before finding one to his liking and driving a sharp single to left, scoring Marrocco with the deciding tally. Cook made quick work in the sixth inning, throwing just three pitches to retire the sides and slammed the door on any chance of a comeback by getting three quick outs in the seventh. The Wolverines move to 7-4 and await the Monks from nearby St. Joseph’s College for a 4:00 game tomorrow.

Box Score
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CMCC 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
BA 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 2

Repeat Hitters: None
WP: Cook (2-0)
LP: Lenio (2-1)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Wolverines Outlast Harvard in Ten Innings, 9-8

In a wild and wooly affair in Cambridge, MA, the Wolverines overcame five errors in the first four innings, but came back and played errorless ball over the next six to beat the Crimson of Harvard, 9-8 in ten innings. BA drew first blood in the top of the second as Nathan Cook (Riverside, SC) launched a 2-0 fastball high over the 370 mark in left field to make the score 1-0. The Wolverines added four more in the third, but shoddy infield defense let Harvard tie the score at 6-6 after four innings. BA came back in the fifth with two runs, making the score 8-6, but Harvard responded with two of their own to tie the game 8-8 in the bottom of the seventh. Both teams had opportunities to decide the game in the eighth and ninth innings, but good pitching and good defense kept the score locked until the tenth. With one out in the top of the tenth, Mookie Nelson (Randolph, MA) singled to left and promptly stole second base. A pass ball advanced him to third, and he scored on a sacrifice fly by Sean Gavin (Keene, NH) to put the Wolverines ahead 9-8. Zach Walker (Hingham, MA) came out to pitch in the tenth after a superlative relief performance in the ninth, striking out three of the four Harvard batters he faced in that inning. Walker sealed the win in the bottom of the tenth as he retired all three batters with infield ground ball outs. The win puts the Wolverines at 6-4. It was noted by more than a few in attendance that TV/movie actor Tommy Lee Jones was in the stands for that last couple of innings, no doubt cheering on the Wolverines. However, his presence was overshadowed as Sean Gavin’s sacrifice fly to win the game set a new school record with twenty-eight runs batted in, breaking the old record set last year by Ryan D’Arcy, who is currently on the roster at the University of Southern Maine. Central Maine Community College is up next on the schedule as they come to face the Wolverines tomorrow at Dolman Field at 4:00.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wolverines Prepare for Tough Road Ahead

Pitchers Lane Garvey (Marlborough, MA), Billy Kenyon (Avon, CT), and Barrett Elliott (Foxborough, MA) shared the spotlight, shutting out MAISAD rival Gould Academy as the Wolverines upped their record to 5-4. The pitching trio held Gould to just one hit while striking out a dozen over five innings. With that conference win in hand, BA coach Brad Smith looks ahead to Wednesday’s contest against Harvard. “We’ll have our work cut out for us, for sure. I never know what to expect from them. We’ve faced inexperienced freshmen pitchers as well as veteran seniors finishing rehab.” Look for a Gavin Scott (Vienna, VA) to get the nod on the mound as he guns for his third straight win. After Harvard, the Wolverines return home to face two more college opponents. Central Maine Community College comes to North Bridgton on Thursday. Game time is set for 4:00. Nathan Cook (Riverside, SC) is slated to get his third start of the season. Nearby St. Joseph’s College finishes the brief Wolverine homestand as they make the short drive for a 4:00 contest on Friday. Bobby Williams (Wilmot Falls, MA), Monday’s hard-luck loser to Southern Maine Community College, will toe the rubber for that encounter. BA’s sixth game of the week ends on Saturday as the Wolverines travel to Massachusetts to take on the Winchendon School at 1:30. Smith is hoping that pitcher Sean Mullaney (Newton, MA) will back from a brief sickness to go after his second victory.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Late Wolverine Rally Falls Short

It had all the ingredients for an exciting win for the Wolverines. With two outs in the top of the seventh inning and the Southern Maine Community College Seawolves leading by a score of 6-3, the few fans that braved the chilly weather started toward the turnstiles. But Pete Creamer (Groveland, MA) stepped up and drilled a 2-1 fast ball into center field. Bobby Williams (Wilmot Falls, MA) followed with another single. With runners at first and second, pitch hitter Mike Murphy (Lancaster, MA) drilled a third single that scored Creamer and moved Williams to third. Mookie Nelson (Randolph, MA) then plated Williams with yet another hit making the score 6-5 and putting Murphy on third base with the tying run. Pitch hitter Zach Walker was then hit by a pitch to load the bases for the torrid hitting Sean Gavin (Keene, NH). But hopes for a comeback victory wasn’t in the cards as the Seawolves snuffed out the late inning heroics and came away with a hard-fought victory.

BA got on the board in the first inning as lead off hitter Monte Marrocco took a 0-2 pitch deep to left for a triple and scored on Gavin’s RBI single. Down 3-1, Williams led off the fourth inning with a triple of his own and scored on Nelson’s perfectly executed suicide squeeze to close the score at 3-2. Down 5-2 in the sixth, BA added a third tally as Murphy singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, and score on another Sean Gavin base hit. The Seawolves added what would be the winning run in the bottom of the sixth, setting up the exciting seventh inning. The Wolverines, now 4-4, look to rebound against MAISAD rival Gould Academy as travel to Bethel on Tuesday for a 4:00 contest.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Wolverines Top Holderness for Third Straight Win

The BA bats did not have time to cool off after yesterday's eigthteen-hit attack against BB&N, as the Wolverine offense pounded out sixteen more today, soundly defeating the Holderness School, 22-7 for their third win in a row. The Wolverines wasted no time getting things started, scoring eleven runs on eight hits in just the first inning, thanks in no small part to Nathan Cook's (Riverside, SC) monster three-run homer to left center field. Apparently not impressed, Holderness came back with three runs in the second and two in the third to cut the lead to six. After a scoreless second inning, BA put the game out of reach in the third inning with eight more runs. BA starting pitcher Sean Mullaney (Newton, MA) pitched two strong innings before handing the ball over to Zach Walker (Hingham, MA) who finished the game. Once again, the dynamic duo of Sean Gavin (Keene, NH) and Brandon Dutch (Monroe, CT) led the Wolverine hit parade with three hits apiece. Brian Murray (Burlington, MA) and Nate Cook were close behind with a pair of doubles, and a home run and single respectively. Now 4-3, the Wolverines look forward to another busy week against four college teams and two against prep school nines.