MERIDEN - Despite the chilly, misty weather, the Watertown High School baseball team’s bats continued their early-season red-hot assault on opposing pitching at Platt High School on April 12, scoring a 13-9 win in a non-league game. Off to a 2-0 overall start, the Indians’ bats pounded out a total of 35 runs and 28 hits in only 12 innings, numbers coach Jerry Valentino will gladly take over the course of a 20-game season.
That pace will be difficult, if not impossible to maintain, but at this stage of the season where the pitchers are (so the dage goes) ahead of the hitters, who is to say that anything is impossible?
Despite falling behind Platt after the first ininng, the Indians didn’t panic; instead, they waited for an opening and pounced, scoring 12 runs in a three-inning span which gave them a 13-5 lead.
After Platt pushed across four runs to close to within 13-9, Valentino brought in Henry Marino to relieve starting pitcher Ryan Glover in the sixth inning.
Marino got the job done, striking out three in 1.2 innings, allowing Glover to earn the win by going 5.1 inings with four strikeouts.
Ryan Glover aided his own cause at the plate with three hits and three runs driven in;
John Biolo doubled twice and singled, he also drove in three runs.
Cam Guerrera brought in three runs with two singles and a double.
“I’ll take two wins to start the season,” said Valentino. “We’re swinging the bats good, but as always, we’re looking to get better in all phases of the game as well as remain healthy as the season moves along.”
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
WHS 1 0 2 4 6 0 0 13 12 2
Platt 3 0 1 1 0 4 0 9 10 1
BACK TO BASEBALL
For the first time in nearly two years, the Indians returned to the diamond to play a meaninful game when they opened the season against NVL rival Kennedy High School at Waterville Park on April 10.
“It’s good to be back in uniform and playing,” said Valentino as his team warmed up to face the Eagles. “It’s great for the kids, great for us as coaches to be back working with them and just gives you hope that we’re on the right course back to normal.”
The teams didn’t remain on the field for too long, although for the Eagles, it sure must have seemed like a lifetime, as the Indians unleashed a 22-run, 16-hit attack in a 22-0 win shortened to five inning by the Mercy Rule.
The Indians went to work immediately, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning; with Ian Glover (5 IP, 0 runs, 5 hits, 6 strikeouts, 1 walk) in control on the mound, the offense poured it on, scoring five runs in the second, six in the third and seven in the fourth.
Tyler Longoria led the attack with four hits (one of them a three-run homer) and five runs driven in.
Cam Guerrera had three hits and drove in three runs; Ian Cronin and Constantino Tangenelli each contributed two hits and two runs-batted-in.
Not a bad way to get into the swing of things.
1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Watertown 4 5 6 7 0 22 16 2
Kennedy 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 4