Baseball: Coe-Brown splits doubleheader with Hanover

  • Coe Brown’s Jake Pelletier slides in safe in game two’s win against Hanover on Saturday. Brackett Lyons / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 4/24/2022 7:37:19 PM

The phrase “it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish” rang doubly true for Coe-Brown baseball Saturday as the Bears split their doubleheader with Hanover. Coe-Brown took a 7-2 loss in the first game and rebounded with a 7-5 win in the second.

In both games, Coe-Brown had the better start. Game 1 saw the Bears jump out to an early 2-0 lead before their bats fell silent and their pitching waned. In Game 2, Coe-Brown once again was the hot team early but this time their lineup found steady success at the plate to keep Hanover at arm’s length for the full seven innings.

“I’m very happy the way we came back in that second game,” said Coe-Brown coach Rob Stockman who is in his first year with the Bears after 13 years coaching Pittsfield.

Stockman pointed out that his team had blown an eight-run lead to Lebanon the game before and that later innings can be a struggle for the side.

“We didn’t play a really crisp game this morning,” said Stockman. “We jumped out to a two-nothing lead and it’s just it’s a work in progress and just getting these guys mentally tough and getting more baseball instincts and just keep working. It’s a grind and we know that. In each game I just want to see some improvement.”

As Stockman alluded to, walks and mental errors cost Coe-Brown the most in their loss. But he also explained why his offense failed to score a run after the first inning.

“I think some of it is just we’re not being selective. We’ve got to be smarter baseball players and see the pitches and I think we get sometimes overly aggressive and I think sometimes that hurts us,” said Stockman.

Coe-Brown’s approach at the plate shifted along those lines in game two. In game one, the Bears walked only twice, both of which were in the first. In game two they took ball-four five times along with a hit by pitch. With more runners on base, the meat of the Bears lineup finally had the chance to drive in some runs. Jake Pelletier had two RBI in the three spot and cleanup hitter Tommy Flanagan knocked in another RBI of his own. Some late mistakes by Hanover in the field gave the bears more runs that proved invaluable as Hanover did their best to forge a comeback late.

Stockman was thankful that his team could withstand the late push by Hanover. The Bears had burned through their pitching due to their recent schedule and were forced to make do with arms lower on the depth chart.

“The kid that just finished that second game (Cameron Winde) has only thrown one inning. He’s not a pitcher,” said Stockman. “We just we told these guys you know everybody’s got to step up because we have so many games and it is what it is. I mean we wanted to play Hanover who has a really good team and we wanted to play them and that’s how we’re trying to build a program here is by playing more games and playing better competition.”

The split puts Coe-Brown at 4-2 on the year while Hanover sits at 3-1. Stockman said he was happy with the team’s record so far.

“As a coach, you always love if you’re winning and you can work on stuff so I don’t think we’re peaking. I think that we’re just going to keep getting better and it’s just it’s every day you just got to keep working hard and get better.”

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