Offense in sync for Fort Frye Cadets

BEVERLY – Fort Frye scored in every inning but the third en route to a 10-4 triumph over visiting Frontier in Pioneer Valley Conference baseball action Thursday.

The Cadets improved to 9-2 overall and 7-1 in the PVC. The Cougars fell to 4-7 overall.

“We had some lulls in our game tonight,” said veteran FFHS skipper Sonny Bidwell. “We started off kind of slow, but the boys did a nice job of getting into the game. It was a good team win.”

Fort Frye right-hander Caden Brooker was the winning pitcher, striking out three, walking three, and allowing three runs, two of which were unearned, in six innings of work. He also picked off two Cougars in the opening inning.

“I thought Caden pitched a nice game,” Bidwell said.

Said Brooker, “My arm was feeling pretty good today. I was able to spot my fastball and had my curveball working. I was able to get ahead in the count, and my teammates made plays behind me.”

Offensively for Fort Frye, Derek Layton stroked two hits, and Spencer Lang and Colton Shuster each drove in two runs.

Frontier southpaw Mitch Minder suffered the mound setback, throwing just four innings. Jay Eddy had two hits, and Levi Cochran and Josh Saunders drove in one run apiece.

“I thought Minder did a nice job, keeping us off balance early,” Bidwell said.

Only six of the Cadet runs were earned as the Cougars committed six errors.

“We battled them, but errors and mental mistakes got us again,” said Frontier head coach Erin Curtis. “We didn’t get the timely hits when we needed them, but we’re going to continue to work at it.”

Frontier got two runners on base in the top of the first but both were picked off by Brooker.

“We work on pickoffs almost every day,” Brooker said. “It’s one of the fundamental things of baseball, and you have to work on it every day to get better.”

Said Curtis, “We’ve got to be awake on the basepaths.”