Cougars Fall to Chester 15-2 in Home Opener
The Cougars fell to a strong team from Chester 15-2 in their home opener. Once again, P Aidan Moavenian proved to be a workhorse on the mound, throwing the 100-pitch maximum through three+ innings while collecting three more strikeouts to his season statistics. Commented Coach Blaisdell, “What I admired about Aidan’s performance today is he stayed positive through another long first inning and he competed from pitch one to pitch 100. In fact, when I went out to the mound to make the necessary pitching change, he told me he felt fine and could keep throwing. That’s the kind of attitude we need as we face these more experienced teams.” Chester proved to be strong in the field, on the bases, and at bat. They scored seven runs to open the game, but the Cougars buckled down and held them to two runs in the second and no runs in the third. “This was our best defensive game,” pointed out Coach Townsend. “We made only two errors, had seven infield put-outs, and made a good catch in the outfield.” The outfield catch was made on a towering fly to left field by Alex Moore. There were some defensive highlights in the infield, as well. In the second, Andy Connarn knocked down a hot shot in the hole at third, dropped to his knees and threw a one-hopper across the diamond to 1B Myles Rozen who made a clean pick to get the runner by inches. Catcher Jack Lewis and 2B Philip Moore scored their first two runs of the season to account for the two Cougar runs in the bottom of the fifth. P/SS Keith Townsend came in to pitch 1 ⅔ innings of relief, striking out two. “It’s tough because we are definitely improving despite the similar score in this game. We have to remember that the score of a baseball game is not the most accurate barometer of your own play as a team because it also reflects the play of the other team,” added Coach Blaisdell. “We’ve started the season against three talented and experienced teams who have simply outplayed us. We, however, are definitely playing better baseball as a team.” The Cougars will be busy next week with games against Wilton, Chester, and Timberlane on Monday, Thursday, and Friday, respectively.
Located in Manchester, NH, The Derryfield School is a private day school for grades 6-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.