On Tuesday, April 9, Braintree Varsity played Newton North. Braintree is up at bat, waiting for the pitch.
On Tuesday, April 9, Braintree Varsity played Newton North. Braintree is up at bat, waiting for the pitch.
Summer Lamont

Braintree Baseball Shuts Out Newton North

After a tragic one run loss to Walpole Monday, April 8th, Braintree Baseball bounced back. The Wamps were defeated 5-6, which made their 10-0 victory against Newton North on Tuesday, April 9th, so much sweeter. 

After starting their first at bat with two immediate outs, the Wamps scored three runs. “That’s tough to do,” says Varsity Baseball Coach Bill O’Connell.

Throughout the rest of the game, there were many stellar performances. “We had sophomore Max King had a big RBI single, his first varsity hit, and we also had Ricky Dever, senior, who had a big RBI pinch hit off the bench,” O’Connell explained. 

Among all these amazing hits was one to remember. In the team’s final at bat, sophomore Peter Brooks had an incredible two run homer. Brooks explained, “It was a nice pitch right in my sweet spot, had to put a good swing on it, and it just kept going.” The ball soared over the fence, and the crowd went wild for the sophomore’s first homer of the season. 

Not only was the team’s batting really good, but their defense was incredible as well. “The player of the game today was Max DeRoche on the mound,” O’Connell expressed with delight. DeRoche’s outstanding pitching held Newton North scoreless in the game. Peter Brooks even shouted him out during his interview, saying, “Max pitched really well on the bump.” 

The players were very pleased with their bounce back win. Senior Captain Jake Joyce commented, “I’m just happy we bounced back after yesterday. Yesterday was a tough game to start the season.” 

Coach O’Connell was very pleased with the team’s performance. “It was a good bounce back win, we got a lot of new guys to the lineup, a lot of first year players, so really happy to get our first team win, and we’re one and one.”

If the team continues to play this strongly, there’s no doubt there will be more big wins. 

“Luckily we slaughter ruled this team today, but I don’t think a lot of the games are going to be like that, I think we’re going to have to scrap a couple out, play good defense, and just keep up this hitting,” said Jake Joyce.


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