A junior boarding and day school for boys in grades six, seven, eight, and nine
Varsity Baseball v. Suffield Academy
Eaglebrook Varsity baseball took a tough loss on Thursday afternoon, their first of the season, falling to a strong but certainly beatable Suffield Academy JV team 4-3 at home.
Kiernan Keller started on the hill, and while he struggled with his consistency, he held Suffield to only 3 hits and two earned runs over four innings, striking out 8. Suffield opened the scoring with a run in the third inning and then added three more in the top of the fourth, stringing together two walks and two singles to jump out to a 4-0 lead.
It was enough to wake up the slumbering Eaglebrook offense, who responded right away with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Liam Lichocki, Landon Whayne, and Kiernan Keller walked to load the bases, and Ryan McHugh and Carson Cleage hit back to back RBI singles. James Clavel reached on an error, scoring Ryan for the third run.
Ryan McHugh came in in relief in the fifth inning, bringing excellent stuff to stifle Suffield's batters and keep Eaglebrook in the game. He allowed only two hits and struck out six over three innings.
For a moment it felt like Eaglebrook would sneak away with another come-from-behind victory, but the offense continued to sputter, going quiet in the fifth and seventh innings, and failing to score with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the sixth. Over the course of the game, Suffield's pitching did a nice job getting ahead in the count with first-pitch strikes and mixing things up. On the day, Eaglebrook went 3 for 12 with runners in scoring position, struck out 11 times, and had a number of uncharacteristic mental lapses in the field and on the base paths that proved costly.
It was a game we all wish we could take back, but we are looking to flush it and put all the focus on learning from it and playing our best baseball in the final two games of the season against fellow junior boarding schools (Rectory at home on Tuesday, and Cardigan Mountain School away on May 25).