Written by Harrison Watt
An auspicious beginning for the Maples ended in an 8-7 victory over city rival Groves on April 10. The win did not come easily; Seaholm was forced to put up a three run rally in the 6th inning to top the Falcons.
Sophomore Connor Bowers started on the mound for Seaholm, and right away it was apparent that it could be a long day. Bowers opened the game by plunking Groves’ lead-off hitter Chase Turner on the first pitch. After, Bowers settled down to strike out the side. Bowers cruised along allowing just two hits and no runs until the beginning of the 6th inning.
Senior Jake Balicki started for Groves and maneuvered through three innings striking out six before tearing his calf in the bottom of the 4th inning after an awkward landing on his right leg.
Up 5-0 in the top of the 6th, Bowers’ control fell apart, hitting two batters and walking four more, he was lifted in favor of senior Brendan Keyes. Keyes came in, hit a batter, walked the next man up, and then got Groves’ senior catcher Ryan Williams to fly out and end the inning. Keyes and Bowers combined to allow seven runs in the 6th.
Heading to the bottom of the 6th down 5-7, Groves brought on reliever Morris Fabbri, who walked sophomore Josh Leitman to lead off the inning. Senior shortstop Mike Doney doubled to move Leitman to third. Doney and Leitman were driven in by sophomore Hunter Green’s two-run double to tie the game.
Fabbri managed to get two outs before facing off with junior outfielder Johnny Mullen. Mullen, who started the day striking out twice and reaching once on a walk, had Green standing at 2nd when he pulled an inside pitch to left, scoring Green in the process to take an 8-7 lead going into the top of the 7th. Keyes earned the save and the win after staying in to finish off the comeback.
Seaholm next plays North Farmington, Monday April 23.