By Danny Emerman (Online Editor-in-Chief).
Baseball is a game of limiting mistakes and overcoming the errors that inevitably occur.
The Eagles struggled with both of those objectives in their 6-2 loss to Oliver Ames to premiere the 2017 baseball season.
“A couple errors, here and there…those things are going to happen. It probably would’ve been a 2-2 game if a couple of those things didn’t happen,” manager Kee Arguimbau said.
Arguimbau was referring to a costly error in left field by senior Danny Emerman, which resulted in three runs scored, and Sean Ronan’s miscue in the third inning.
“Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the way we played in the field with the lack of practice that we’ve had in game situations,” the manager said.
“Max Tarlin threw really well,” Arguimbau added.
Tarlin started on the hill and pitched five innings with six strikeouts and allowed just one earned run.
“I felt great. Especially for the first game, we played really well, but we still have a lot to work on,” Tarlin, a junior, said.
Tarlin’s excellent work on the mound was not enough to propel the Eagles past the Tigers.
Tarlin says that he wishes the field behind him could have made a few more plays, but understands that baseball is a game of adversity.
“I think, at the end of the day, it’s all about focusing on our weaknesses and getting better every day,” the opening-day starter added.
Senior Jason Hertz attributes the 6-2 loss to leaving baserunners out to dry on the basepaths.
“We made a lot of contact, but unfortunately we left a lot of runners stranded. I think later in the season, we’ll have more hits with runners in scoring position to put up better run totals,” Hertz said.
Sharon had seven hits, but stranded 12 runners in the game.
Since Peckham Park behind SHS looks more like Lake Massapoag than a baseball field, the Eagles were the home team even though the umpire screamed, “PLAY BALL” in North Easton.
In the fifth inning, senior captain Aidan Arnold launched a long fly ball to right field that likely would have been out of the ballpark in Sharon.
“We didn’t win the game, but at least we looked handsome,” senior Ben Stamm said.