By John Anderson
Coming into Wednesday’s game, the Rockets had a 16-6 record, and that is quite good for a team with only 2 starting seniors and a total of 3 on the roster. Mount Greylock Regional, on the other hand, was 20-3 with 9 seniors. In the end, the Western Mass Champions prevailed over the Central Mass Champions, 8-2, in a game that was the polar opposite of Saturday’s 10-2 victory over Northbridge.
Auburn was the visiting team and left 2 on base in the top of the first inning. When Ryan Mulcahy struck out the first Mountie and the next two were thrown out, Auburn looked confident. The Rockets even put up the first run during the second, but when Greylock tied it and then jumped ahead, the tides had changed.
After Mt. Greylock scored 7 runs off of Mulcahy, Pat Westerlind took the mound. He only allowed one additional run off the Mounties’ strong bats, but the damage was done.
Although Auburn added a run in the sixth, they were too far behind against a team with powerful bats. Conor Scully pitched the sixth inning without incident, and even barehanded a ball driven back at him.
In comparison to Saturday, the outfielders had the sun in their eyes out in Westfield as opposed to behind them at Holy Cross, and they did not have the spectacular catches that helped put away Northbridge. Although Mt. Greylock had some sloppy fielding and collected 3 errors, their bats made all the difference.
Auburn missed the chance to go to the State Championship this year, but they did bring home the Central Mass trophy. The seniors are leaving an experienced and talented team behind that is sure to do well next year. Congratulations guys!