Spring Sports Off and Running…

by | Apr 7, 2014

…and batting, and volleying, and driving

By John Anderson

When I walked down the sidewalk to the Auburn High athletic fields last Wednesday, there was activity all around. The JV softball and baseball games had started, and boys tennis was warming up on the courts.

I decided to walk over to the softball field first. By the time I got there, the Rockets already had points on the board, and things weren’t looking good for Southbridge. This game would end 24-0 after 4 innings.

My next stop was the baseball diamond, and the boys had an impressive lead, and the game would also be called after 4 innings, 18-0. The Rockets graciously allowed an extra at-bat for the visiting Pioneers. Unlike most media outlets, Auburn Mass Daily will report on Junior Varsity games if results and information are submitted.

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When I left baseball, the tennis matches were complete and Auburn claimed victory over Southbridge, 4-1. The boys won their season opener the prior day over Grafton, 5-0. On Friday, they defeated Burncoat, 5-0.

Coach Pat Dufour summed up Friday’s match, “Albert and Dom Smreczak both remain undefeated on the season. Sophomore Dave Klett got a hard-fought victory in 3 sets in his first ever match. Jack Leger and Connor Aubuchont were able to get a victory at first doubles while Ryan Nurse and Matt Contois got a win at second doubles in their first action this year.”

Wednesday’s away games were equally successful for the Rockets. Girls varsity softball crushed Southbridge 18-3 while boys baseball was postponed due to field conditions. Baseball lost their opener on Friday at Grafton, 11-6, while softball won at Westborough, 7-4.

Girls tennis defeated Southbridge on Wednesday, 5-0, after a 5-0 win over Grafton on Tuesday. They won at Burncoat on Friday, 5-0. Singles winners were Jeanelle Wheeler 0-6, 2-6; Nathalie Khafaga 0-6,0-6; and Elizabeth Fazio 0-6, 0-6. Doubles winners were Micaela Almeida and Kayla Almstrom 3-6, 0-6; and Kaitlyn Chestna and Monika Mularski 0-6, 0-6. Girls golf had two victories last week, 29-24 over Westborough and 49-5 over Burncoat.

Girls track topped Oxford 122-8. First place finishes were: Jess Pittman – Shot Put (26′ 7″) and Discus (85′ 4.5″); Maddie Lucier – Javelin (83’10”); Lauren Bolduc – Long Jump (12′ 9.5″) and 100m hurdles (18.3); Nicole Plona – High Jump (4′ 6″); Katy Coughlin – 100m (14.0) and 200m (28.9); Andrea Bolduc – 1 mile (6:03.5); Sarah Cavanaugh – 2 mile (12:51); Abby Baer – 400 m (1:09.4); and Logan Prindle – 400m hurdles (1:28).

Boys track also beat the Pirates 94-36. First place results: Dillon Bruso – Shot Put (42’9.5″) and Discus (110′ 7″); Mark Belanger – Javelin (118′); Tom Gannon – 2 mile (11:05.2) and 400m hurdles (1:16.3);  Adam Gustafson – 110m Hurdles (17.7); Jared Romero  – 100m (11.9);  Aidan Foley-Foster – 1 mile (5:06.8);  Scott Williams – 400m (53.7); and Jake Mikolajczyk – 800m (2:15.8).