By Danny Emerman (Online Editor-in-Chief).
FOXBORO, MASS — It took nine innings, three comebacks, and gutsy pitching performances from sophomore starter Noah Kamens and captain Aidan Arnold in relief to beat Foxboro.
With the 5-4 win over the rival Warriors, the Eagles improve to 1-2 on the season and gain some much-needed momentum heading into April vacation.
“We’re going to turn our season around right now. It’s going to be a pivot point,” Arnold, the first baseman and pitcher, said.
The Eagles had trouble getting the bats going early in the contest, as they had six hits through the first six innings. Foxboro’s third-inning score was the difference through six innings.
With their backs against the wall, Sharon rallied in the seventh inning by scoring three runs to take a 3-1 lead. Spencer Singer’s RBI double along with clutch hitting by Ben Stamm, Jason Hertz, and Jake Marglous provided the spark.
Foxboro responded by tying the game in the seventh. They could have won on a walk-off single to center if not for senior Jason Hertz’s laser throw to beat a Warrior base runner sprinting home.
“I saw the ball and had to field it off the ground — and I’m usually not good at that — and once I do that I’m just going to chuck him out if he’s silly enough to run [home],” Hertz said.
Arnold, the captain, took the mound in the eighth inning with a 4-3 cushion, surrendered one run, but then pitched a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a one-run lead.
The team called on Arnold to save the game in relief and he did not shy in the tough situation.
“You just need to have bigger [guts] than your opponents,” Arnold said.
Senior Jake Teven’s line-drive single up the middle in the ninth inning that drove Marglous home proved to be the difference.
Jake Teven, Ben Schwartz, Stamm, Hertz, and Marglous all had multi-hit games. Arnold also connected twice, including a double. He says, “the ball looked like a grapefruit.”
Noah Kamens, who started the game, threw six innings and allowed just one run. The ace surrendered four hits in his outing.
Although it’s still early in the season, the extra innings thriller is likely the game of the year.
“Hands down, most exciting game I’ve ever played with Sharon baseball,” Arnold, a three-year varsity player said.