Three-run seventh for Knights sours Starsâ€™ opener, 6-5
STARFIRE FASTBALLâ€”Senior hurler Blake Fox threw for 4.1 solid innings allowing just two runs on three hits against the Knights but earned a no-decision as Norwell came from behind to beat the Stars on opening day, 6-5. (Photo by Dylan Malone)
After weeks of unusually cold weather resulting in a mixture of snow and rain, then a spring break thrown in the mix, Monday night's opening day game against Norwell was the first time the South Adams Starfires baseball team had a chance to play on their diamond at Harry F. Anderson Field.
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The result was almost a surprising one until the Knights put up three big runs in the top of the seventh to edge out the Stars, 6-5, improving to 3-1 on the season.
Norwell managed to get three games in prior to the start for South Adams due to their schedule of playing games down south.
"It was our first time on the field," SA coach Brad Buckingham admitted after the game. "I just told the guys we would take a longer infield and just go out and start our season. Anything we could do well would be a positive for us tonight. We put a few nice blocks into our foundation after playing a good team like Norwell."
Pitching could be a potential problem for the Stars who lost their two best pitchers, Dustin Wanner and Nick Batt, to graduation, but the SA coach was pleased with his newcomers.
"For us, we lost some good pitching from last year so it'll take us a bit to find our way. We have some capable guys but the last few innings we threw a couple of guys who have no varsity experience but today we did some good things."
South Adams, however, was the team who looked ready to play to start the game.
Senior catcher, Corey Seffernick got the fireworks going in the Stars' half of the first inning with a towering two-run homerun to left-centerfield giving SA the early advantage.
The score held until the top of the fourth when Norwell heavy hitter Tailur Szarenski rifled a line shot in almost the same spot Seffernick hit in the first to cut the lead in half at 2-1.
Up until that point, senior pitcher Blake Fox had only allowed one run on two hits in 4.1 innings of work. It was not a bad outing considering that Fox was a late call to the mound.
"Fox coming out starting the game for us was great," praised coach Buckingham. "He stepped up and gave us some good innings."
South Adams' ace this season, senior Alex Augsburger, has been out with sickness since before spring break and was scratched from the start.
Norwell would take the lead with two runs in the fifth inning including another RBI by Szarenski, this time just a single, and then an RBI ground out by Luke Hunter to give Norwell the lead, 3-2.