Baseball: Bow extends win streak to five with 10-0 win over Lebanon

  • Bow’s Myles Rheinhardt (9) rounds second base on his way to a stand-up triple during Wednesday’s 10-0 run-rule Division II baseball rout of Lebanon. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Bow's Ethan Clark throws a pitch during a game on Wednesday. Clark pitched a complete game, striking out four and allowing one hit in a 10-0 victory over Lebanon. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

Monitor staff
Published: 4/28/2022 10:31:03 AM

After starting the season with two straight losses, the Bow High baseball team rattled off its fifth straight win Wednesday. The Falcons were utterly dominant and sent visiting Lebanon home after just five innings with an 10-0 mercy-rule win.

Senior Ethan Clark had an outstanding day on the mound in wet and cold conditions. The senior pitched five shutout innings and allowed just one hit which came 14 outs in.

“That’s just that’s kind of his M.O.,” said coach Ben Forbes. “Goes out and keeps guys off-balance, keeps the ball down, high percentage of strikes, and that’s kind of his role in the team. And it was great.

“I know Lebanon’s a good team. I don’t think they played to their normal capability today offensively. But I think a lot of that has to do with Clark today.”

The fielders behind Clark were a big part of his success, too.

The Falcons committed no errors and made several highlight-worthy plays. Second baseman Kyle Martin had the play of the day when he made an outrageous catch on a pop-up in shallow right field. The senior was at a full sprint, tracked the ball over his shoulder and made a catch more reminiscent of a wide receiver than an infielder.

No one had a better day at the plate than Owen Petretta. The senior was 4-for-4 with three RBIs. Petretta had a single, two doubles and the game-ending triple – it likely would have been a home run on any other high school field. (Bow’s fence is deeper than most MLB stadiums.)

Forbes was thrilled with the offensive showcase, especially in the bad weather.

“I’m extremely happy,” said Forbes. “We’ve struggled with that early in the year and, even last year, a lot of these same kids were really struggling to barrel the ball up and produce runs by stringing hits together, and the last couple of games they’ve done that. So it’s good to see. They’ve been working hard and it’s starting to come around.”

Alex Boisvert (2-for-3, three RBI), Cam Evans (2-for-2, run), Myles Rheinhardt (2-for-4, double, 3 RBI, run) also had multiple hits for Bow.

The five-game win streak puts the Falcons in a tie with St. Thomas, Souhegan, John Stark and Coe-Brown for the most victories in Division II. Hollis-Brookline is in first place with a 4-0 mark.

“I think the most important thing for them is that they’re having fun and they’re playing good baseball,” said Forbes. “I think the first two games of the year were kind of a little bit of a gut check, like, ‘What are we doing here?’ I think they’re not really focused on the streak as much as they are on just playing good baseball and saying let’s keep it going.”

Bow will try to make it six straight wins when they hit the road to face 1-4 Pelham on Friday. It will need all the victories it can get in what’s shaping up to be a stacked division.

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