Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton won the Western Mass baseball title last spring only to lose to Groton-Dunstable in their next playoff game. A similar event occurred a year earlier when Auburn won the Central Mass title only to fall to Mt. Greylock. When Wahconah came to town on Tuesday, Coach Eric Swedberg knew anything could happen. Graduates of Wahconah include former Red Sox Manager Dan Duquette and MLB pitcher Jeff Reardon.
With 2 outs in the bottom of the second, Luke Matthews hit a line drive to right center to bring in one and give Auburn a 1-0 lead. The Rockets earned another run in the third, but the Warriors tied it up 2-2 in the fourth. Wahconah walked in a run in the fifth, and that’s when things exploded for the home team.
Steve Saucier hit a line drive and made it 4-2, but then he got caught in a rundown that he cleverly escaped. Six frames in the later part of today’s slide show illustrated Saucier’s masterful handling of the situation. After this frenzy the Rocket on third made Auburn’s fifth score. A Warrior error throwing to first allowed a sixth run, and then a line drive brought in the seventh.
The Rockets added two more runs in the sixth, and Josh Tower caught a pop up to end the game in the top of the seventh. The Warriors were definitely not on their game, especially after multiple wins over the weekend in their own tournament which they won for the first time.
Asked about this year’s team, Swedberg said he was “surprised, pleasantly surprised” considering there were only 2 returning starters from last year. “I’m very pleased to be 5-1 at this point, and it was our mistake that accounted for the loss.”
As far as this game, the Coach added this about the Rockets, “When guys start running like maniacs, there’s nothing you (Wahconah) can do.”
We’ll accept that.