Wildcats Bounce Back after Losing Season Opener

by Ken Brown

MONTPELIER – After a hard-fought loss to Montpelier in their season opener, the Hazen Union baseball team dominated Northfield last week to even their record at 1-1.

Andrew Tringe pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the sixth inning and added a back-breaking two-run single in the bottom half to lead Montpelier to a 10-3 home win over the Wildcats last Friday. Will Talbert added a two-run double for the Solons as they improved to 2-0 on the season. Jadon Baker, Andrew Menard, and Tyler Rivard had a hit apiece for Hazen Union, Ethan Shopland drove in a run, and Lyle Rooney struck out nine in three innings of work in his varsity debut.

“I was impressed with how Lyle threw the ball in our opener, he battled hard and changed speeds well. It was our first live game, so we still have some rust to knock off, but despite some untimely errors and walks we were right in the ballgame late. Montpelier did a nice job of capitalizing on everything we gave them and that was the difference,” said head coach Spencer Howard.

James Montgomery and Tyson Davison combined for six hits and nine stolen bases as Hazen Union bounced back in a big way on Saturday with a 14-4 road win over Northfield. Ethan Shopland, Tyler Rivard, and Jadon Baker kept the Marauders bats silent for most of the day on the mound and Rivard added a hit and two RBIs in the win.

“It was a great response by the guys after Friday and everyone contributed in one way or another in a solid team win. We still have some things to clean up with our control on the mound, but the defense was better and, overall, we had more quality at bats. It’s still early and we have a lot of games to play in a short period of time, so we just need to keep making progress and getting a little bit better every time out. We have a busy week ahead, but we’re healthy and getting stronger and I like the direction the guys are heading,” said Howard.

Hazen Union was scheduled to travel to Thetford on Tuesday before hosting Danville in their home opener on Thursday. They wrap up the week with a trip to Williamstown on Saturday.