On Saturday, June 11, the varsity baseball team took the early morning hike to Newberry to compete for a Regional championship. Coming off what many would call an upset win over Alanson to win the District, the team hoped to continue the momentum to win the next big prize.
In game one they faced off against a tough Newberry team. The team had sophomore Ian Clancy on the mound for the game to give them the best chance they could to earn a spot in the Championship game. Newberry took an early 0-4 lead, until a 4 run fourth inning for the Bulldogs gave them the lead. The next two innings the Bulldogs managed to score 4 more runs giving them the 10-4 lead. Newberry would managed to bring in two runs. In the sixth inning, with the bases loaded, Newberry hit a grand slam to tie the game 10-10 to send the game into extra innings. In the eighth inning with the bases loaded, the Bulldogs scored the walk off run on a fielding error on the third baseman’s throw to the plate.
Now guaranteeing a place in the championship game, the Bulldogs watched as a tough Norway team mercied Rudyard in four innings.
In the Regional championship game, the Bulldogs had to put it all on the table in the biggest game of the season.
They did not manage to play their best baseball.
They were mercied in four innings and had to watch as Norway hoisted the Regional championship trophy.
Having no regrets on the season, the varsity boys know they can only go up from here. Making it to the Regional championship in only the second year under coach Josh Vieau and having no seniors on the team, the program knows good things are to come in the future.