Starfires blank Winchester

    BERNE— The Stars played a pair of games that could not be more starkly different the last two days to start off their 2012 baseball campaign in a loss to the Norwell Knights, 10-0 in six innings in their opener, and a win at home against the Winchester Golden Falcons, 9-0.
    In last night's contest against Winchester, the Stars scored early and often, putting up two in the first and three in the second to put them up 5-0 heading into the top of the third.
    SA junior Blake Fox started the scoring for the Stars when he ripped a single up the middle in the bottom of the first with a pair of Starfires on base. Fox would pick up a game-high third RBI in the fourth when he singled in fellow junior Corey Seffernick to go two-for-four on the night.
    Seffernick, who is replacing last year's senior captain and catcher Taylor LaFever behind the plate, was an impressive three-for-four and scored each time he reached base for a team-high three runs.
    While the offense was a relief to see for SA coach Brad Buckingham, it was the pitching and defense that really carried the momentum for the Stars a night after giving up five errors in the field and coughing up 10 runs to the Knights.
    "Our guys work really hard on our field so when we go somewhere different, and the fields are different everywhere you go, it can be difficult for the more inexperienced varsity guys to adjust, especially in the first game," Buckingham stated after the contest. "Nobody on Monday was playing where they were playing last year on the infield and so our comfort level was not there.

     "Batt earns his first win of the season in shutout, one hit fashion, and Winchester's Jones takes the loss. The Stars improve to 1-1 on the season and will travel to New Haven tomorrow night to take on the perennially tough Bulldogs before participating in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Bellmont on Saturday.