Eaglebrook Varsity baseball faced off against our longtime crosstown adversaries on Saturday afternoon. Eaglebrook was the home team, but we played on Deerfield's historic Headmaster's Field as it was in better shape following a week of rain in the Pocumtuck Valley.
With a string of walks and hits, Deerfield jumped out to a quick lead, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. Needless to say, it was not the start we were hoping for, but to the team's credit, they stayed focused and confident despite the energy pouring out of the DA dugout. Carson Cleage powered the offense with RBI line drives in both the 1st and 3rd innings, scoring Kiernan Keller each time. Dylan Royal then plated Ryan McHugh with a sac fly to right field, tying the game at 3-3. After this bit of small ball, Eaglebrook broke things open in the fourth. A James Clavel line drive to left started a rally that saw the team cycle through the lineup and piece together 5 singles, scoring 7 runs. It wasn't quite as prolific as the Red Sox 10 consecutive hit inning against Chicago on Saturday evening, but we'll take half of that any inning.
After a shaky start working out the kinks thanks to Eaglebrook's ill-timed Dodgeball tournament on Friday evening, Ryan McHugh was excellent on the hill, pitching his first complete game of the season. He threw a high percentage of strikes and struck out 10 en route to his third win.
It was the team's first win against Deerfield since 2015, made even sweeter due to the fact that it was truly a complete team win, with everyone staying focused and contributing. The team is now 5-0 and will have a week of practice before facing Williston Northampton away on Saturday, May 11. Many thanks to the parents and fans who have been able to support us so far!