Sauquoit Senior, Ethan Harris, has a big night on ” his” Senior Night.
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For high school athletes, Senior Day can be an overwhelming time. It’s a rite of passage full of distractions, from the emotional pregame ceremonies, to the impending realization that the high school years are coming to an end for some.
Luckily for Coach Frank Curriere, his Sauquoit Valley Indians didn’t let the occasion overshadow the task at hand.
Led by lone senior Ethan Harris’s two hit pitching performance over six innings and a flurry of extra base hits, the Indians put together a convincing 19-0 victory against visiting Morrisville-Eaton, to keep pace in a crowded CSC-III race.
After Harris sent the Warriors down in order to begin play, Sauquoit went to the plate to start what would be a seemingly endless, and decisive first inning.
After picking up a strikeout on his first batter faced, things went downhill quickly for Morrisville starter, Charlie Clark, in an inning in which he saw all nine Indian hitters and walked six of them.
The Indians cashed in easily on Clark’s command troubles, using just two hits to plate eight runs to take an overwhelming 8-0 lead that was highlighted by Ryan Overrocker’s bag-clearing 3 RBI Double.
Clark’s day ended after just two outs recorded, and the Warriors called on Justin Chapin to close out the frame.
Meanwhile, with a comfortable lead in hand, Harris went right back to the hill and conducted business as usual, retiring the first 10 hitters he faced.
With Harris performing at such a high level, he was quick to credit his teammates for making his job on the hill a less stressful one.
With the Warrior offense in check, the Indians saw fit to rack up insurance runs in bunches.
Sauquoit did not fail to score a run in any inning in which they came to bat, as they went on to score nineteen runs in the shutout victory.
The Indians also recorded at least one double each time they picked up the sticks, for a total of nine.
Six different players had at least one double for Sauquoit Valley and it was only fitting that the players who had multi-double games would also be the strongest run producers in the no.1 and no. 2 spots in the lineup.
Kory Lewandrowski finished the day with three doubles and five RBI, and Overrocker had a day at the plate by doubling twice and driving in five Indian runs.
The 9-1-2 combination in the Sauquoit Valley order reached base in fifteen out of a possible seventeen times.
Not far behind were Jake Martin and Kody Taylor, who each reached base four times.
Morrisville-Eaton was guided at the plate by Charlie Clark and Josh Morrow, who had the only hits for the Warriors. The pair were also the only two to reach base more than once.
On the mound, Harris’s final line in six innings pitched consisted of no runs on two hits, with seven batters retired by strikeout.
Austin Cardillo pitched a 1-2-3 relief seventh for the Indians in a non-save situation. Clark, Chapin, and Pat Ashcroft combined on the mound in a losing effort for the Warriors.
While the Indians did their part, they were aided by Westmoreland’s 21-2 drubbing of the Mustangs this afternoon.
With just a few short weeks remaining in the season, and remaining league games at an even higher premium, four teams (Sauquoit Valley, Mount Markham, Westmoreland, Hamilton) remain bunched at the top of the CSC-III.
Sauquoit improves its record to 8-3 overall, while Morrisville Eaton drops to 1-9.
Morrisville-Eaton 000 000 0 – 0 2 3
Sauquoit 813 422 X – 20 19 1
WP: Ethan Harris (3-0) LP: C. Charlie 2B: SV Kory Lewandrowski (3), SV Ryan Overrocker (2), SV Kody Taylor, SV Ethan Harris
Kory Lewandrowski 4-5 3 R, 5 RBI, 3 Doubles
Ryan Overrocker 2-4 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 Doubles
Ethan Harris 3-3 3 R, 3 RBI, Double
Ethan Harris 6 Innings – 7 Ks , 1 Hit Batter, 2 Hits