Thursday, April 28, 2011

Baseball Extends Winning Streak

The baseball team has had a successful run as they extend their win streak to six games. They traveled to Phillips Exeter Academy and walked away with a 27-5 win. They then faced Southern Maine Community College at home and won 10-6.

In Wednesday’s game against Phillips Exeter, Ben Callahan (Exeter, NH) took the mound in his home town and didn’t let anyone down. He threw for just over four innings and recorded two strikeouts. At the plate the Wolverines put up a strong effort resulting in 27 scored runs. Dan Concannon (Everett, MA) went four for six, scored two runs, with an RBI and a walk. Tanner Chase (York, ME) went two for four, scoring four runs, six RBIs, and a Grand Slam. Marco Spisso (Highland Falls, NY) went six for six, scoring four runs with four doubles and four RBIs. Jason Hudson (Raleigh, NC) went three for five, scoring three runs, and had three RBIs.

The next day when the Wolverines took their home field they kept up the momentum from the big win over Phillips Exeter and secured a 10-6 win over Southern Maine Community College. Joey McCarthy (West Roxbury, MA) started on the mound for five innings with five strikeouts and only allowed two hits. Christian Lavoie (Hopkinton, MA) came in for the save and threw for two innings striking out three batters and didn’t allow any hits. At the plate Shawn Kenney (Braintree, MA) performed well going one for one, scoring three runs, and taking a walk. McCarthy went two for four, scored two runs, tallied three RBIs, and hit a double and a triple. Chase was walked four times at the plate and scored two runs for the Wolverines. Spisso had another solid day going one for three with a double and two RBIs.

Up next the team will travel to Kents Hill this Saturday to play at 2:30 P.M.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wolverines Continue Winning Streak

This past week the Wolverines took on Buckingham Browne and Nichols, also known as BB&N, in what turned out to be a record shattering victory for Bridgton. BB&N was undefeated for two years with a lineup of scholarship players but could not keep the streak going as the Wolverines took the field.

Christian Lavoie (Hopkinton, MA) took the mound earning the win with six strikeouts, only giving up three walks, five hits, and allowing two runs scored. Shawn Kenney (Braintree, MA) went three for three at the plate with two walks, a stolen base, and two RBIs. Joey McCarthy (West Roxbury, MA) went three for four with two walks, a double, scored three runs, and had two RBIs. Dan Concannon (Everett, MA) went three for four with two walks, a double, scored a run, and had two RBIs. Ben Callahan (Exeter, NH) went three for five with two RBIs and one run.

Coach Izaryk commented after the game, "We played our best game of the year today. It all started on the mound today with Christian Lavoie giving us a chance to score first, and ultimately, extend our lead. We had many players contribute offensively today, and our defense made routine plays behind Christian. We certainly had our share of special defensive plays as well, but facing a team like BB&N, who are so deep and talented, we knew we needed to play well in all three facets of the game to win. I am proud of the game we played today."

The next day the Wolverines faced off against Holderness and walked away with a 12-2 win that ended with a Tanner Chase (York, ME) home run. Callahan threw a solid game and had eight strikeouts, only let up three hits, two walks, and two earned runs. Marco Spisso (Highland Falls, NY) did well at the plate going two for two with a double and three RBIs. Concannon also had a solid day at the plate going two for three with a double and two runs scored.

At the end of the week, Coach Izaryk was very happy with the team’s performance in every single game, especially their last. "I was happy with our energy today. Sometimes after a big win on the road, it can be tempting to relax a bit. In support of Ben Callahan's effort on the mound, we scored first and played aggressive, smart baseball all day. I was especially happy with the play of Tanner Chase, who made routine plays for us at short like he's done all year, but delivered a home run to right field to end the game. Tanner has tremendous potential to go along with a tireless work ethic, and it was nice to see him get rewarded for all the hard work he put in this week," commented Izaryk.

Up next the Wolverines will take on Hebron Academy at home this Wednesday at 3:00 PM.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sean Mullen Commits to Merrimack

Sean Mullen (Barnstable, MA) has joined the ranks of committed Wolverine this past week. Next year Sean will be attending Merrimack College as a member of the Warriors Baseball team.

When asked how he felt about this big choice, Sean responded, "Im very excited and relieved that the decision is over. I am also happy that I have an opportunity to play Division II collegiate baseball next year. Out of high school I had no options. BA really opened up the door for me and I am grateful for that."

When we continued talking Sean mentioned that as excited as he is to play baseball, it wasn't the deciding factor. "To be honest it was all about the school. When I visited it was the perfect fit. The school offers great academics, and I will be able to explore more than just baseball. When I graduate I will have a well rounded college career that is only made better by the fact that I can play baseball," Sean said.

Coach Izaryk is very happy with Sean's decision saying, "Sean's commitment to Merrimack is very exciting for our program. Sean has worked tirelessly to improve himself as a player and student-athlete, and we're very proud of him. His offer of admission to Merrimack, as well as his commitment from the baseball program, are both well-deserved. I think Sean will be challenged by the academics at Merrimack, as well as Coach Martin's baseball program, but Sean has proven time and again that he is a competitor and I am confident that Sean will make the most of his opportunities at Merrimack. "

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Wolverines Take Home a Big Win

The baseball team was finally able to turn the season around with a big 12-0 win over Thayer Academy. Joey McCarthy (West Roxbury, MA) took the mound for six innings and recorded 10 strikeouts, only gave up 2 hits and two walks, and didn’t allow any runs.

Solid pitching started the team off well and strong performances at the plate sealed the victory. McCarthy had a big day all around going 2-4 with a double, a homerun, and three RBIs. Ben Callahan (Exeter, NH) went 3-4 with a double, 3 runs scored, and an RBI. Bo Belt (Concord, MA) batted well going 3-4 with a double and three RBIs. Dan Cushing (Wilmington, MA) made his first appearance of the season batting 2-4 with a homerun, three RBIs, and two runs scored.

The team was thrilled with the win and credited everyone for their effort. “The whole team came out to play. We really came together and played as a team. It felt great to win under the belt,” commented team captain Christian Lavoie.

With this big victory behind them, the team is now looking to continue the momentum as they travel this Wednesday to Southern Maine Community College to play at 3:00 P.M.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Wolverines Looking to Spring Back

In the first game of the weekend against Phillips Academy the Wolverines put up a good fight but ultimately lost 1-0. Christian Lavoie (Hopkinton, MA) took the mound and recorded four strikeouts, gave up three hits, two walks, and the only run of the game. Shawn Kenney (Braintree, MA) came in at relief and retired the two batters he faced. At the plate Joey McCarthy (West Roxbury, MA) went 1 for 3 with a stolen base. Dan Concannon (Everett, MA) went 1 for 3 as well and Marco Spisso (Highland Falls, NY) went 1 for 2.

Coach Izaryk was happy with the day’s game saying, “Christian gave us a quality start, getting us to the sixth inning with a chance to win. We faced a tough pitcher from Phillips Academy, who threw three pitches for strikes. We needed to do a better job of getting the ball in play with two strikes, and limiting strikeouts. To win a close game, a team needs to execute in every facet of the game, and we were missing the offensive part today."

The following day the Wolverines faced Franklin Pierces JV squad in a double header. In game one the Wolverines fell 7-5 despite solid pitching from Sean Mullen (Barnstable, MA). Mullen threw five innings with four strikeouts, six hits, five runs (three earned), and two walks. McCarthy had another big game at the plate going 2 for 3 with a triple, two walks, three runs scored, and a stolen base. Concannon has did well going 2 for 2 with two doubles and two runs batted in.

In game two of the doubleheader BA fell 12-4 to Franklin Pierce. Ben Callahan (Exeter, NH) started and pitched the first 4 innings for BA recording three strikeouts, five hits, eight runs (seven earned), and five walks. Bo Belt (Concord, MA) came in for the last three and had three strikeouts, five hits, two runs, and two walks. Belt was also strong at the plate going 2 for 3 with a double, two RBIs, and a run scored. Austin Wood (Naples, ME) went 1 for 2 at the plate with a double and a walk.

Although the team suffered two losses, Coach Izaryk was positive about the efforts. "Sean threw very well in game one, and Ben had all his pitches going in game two. I was happy with our starting pitching, who allowed us to settle into both games with some scoreless innings early. In game one, we battled until the final out, scoring four in the final inning with some quality at-bats. In game two, our defense was very shaky and we need to shore some things up if we expect to win. I am looking forward to Joey McCarthy taking the mound on Monday vs. Thayer, and giving us a chance to win, just like our starters did this weekend. If we can improve offensively and play sound defense, we should put ourselves in a position to win late in the game," said Izaryk.

Up next the team travels to Southern Maine Community College on Wednesday to play at 3:00 P.M.