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Week of April 1: Centaurs get creative in 5-1 win over Montville

No one said it would be easy.

The Woodstock Academy baseball team found that out on Saturday as they had to manufacture some runs in a 5-1 victory over Montville.

“Sometimes in baseball, that’s the way the game goes, you have to create,” said coach Connor Elliott. “We did that with the first run we scored. We had a big inning but it was definitely a game where we felt like we had to execute to score and that’s good practice for us long term.”

The two teams were locked in a scoreless tie and the Centaurs had first and third with two outs. Spo, Elliott asked Eric Mathewson and Noah Sampson to execute a delayed steal.

It worked to plan as Mathewson was able to lure the throw and Sampson was able to score from third.

The Wolves tied the game in the fourth only to see Woodstock Academy score the remainder of its runs in the fifth inning.

Riley O’Brien and Sampson both singled and courtesy runner Haydon Rowland came around to score on an error.

Matt Hernandez followed with a two-run double to center.

“Matt was huge in a key spot,” Elliott said. “We had runners in scoring position and I was just asking for a fly ball and he delivered that and more. He’s been working on fine tuning his swing and it was great to see it work out for him. He’s a guy who is a luxury to have lower in the order. He’s a smart contact guy with great speed that would be a lead off or No. 2 hitter on most teams.”

The final run came across when Brady Lecuyer took one for the team and was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

O’Brien did the rest as the senior worked six innings, giving up only three hits and one run with five strikeouts.

“Riley picked up where Eirc (Mathewson) left off last Saturday (a win over Northwest Catholic). He pounded the zone, a lot of fastballs early and when he can do that  and mix his slidser in, he’s a tough guy to hit against. He has a bulldog mentality that you want to see from whomever is on the mound. He trusts his teammates and they made the plays behind him,” Elliott said.

The Centaurs were able to turn a pair of double plays as they improved to 2-0 on the season.