Blue Bombers ended their season with a loss of 6-5 against the AuSable Valley Patriots. Blue Bombers recently returned with the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference title only to be in a nail-biting match of baseball.
Starting with a lead turned into no help as the Bombers lost their push when the Patriots gained the momentum by tying the game in the back half of the first. The lead was 2-0, with the expectation of at least taking it to the end before the Patriots started smashing to overtake the opponent.
A scoreless inning prevailed, though, probably a stop sign for Bombers as the Patriots went on to equalize the game. The Patriots broke the tie after their batters walked with the bases loaded to score two runs. Another run from their side got them to 5-2. Bombers found a second to give away two walks, one out in the top of the sixth.
It was on their side, especially after Katie Coursen was called. After Katie Coursen knocked the ball to the outfield, the team took an advance to third base. Bombers scored two more runs on a two-run RBI single from Max Hyman. The Patriots got the advantage in the bottom of the sixth as the team scored one run to turn the tide.
Bombers bombed their opportunity in the seventh inning after its batters recorded back-to-back outs. After Vann Morelli found the easy walk to the base, the inning carried only one out, and Vann Morelli reached third base but to no avail. Bombers fell like a pack of cards and handed Patriots their sweet victory in the game.
Senior JJ Ledwith led Bombers from the front in the last career varsity baseball game. A farewell turned bad, as did the entry of a freshman, Vann Morelli, who did get two hits for the team. PJ Colby struck out three batters before Vann Morelli came in to strike one Patriots batter. Bombers set a record by ending the championship with 9-5. Patriots have advanced to compete with Ticonderoga in the Class C Championship game.
A moment of hope came to life after Katie Coursen took a pinch-hit. Katie Coursen knocked the ball for others to advance. The Patriots were hard enough to beat this time. An initial lead came to a halt, further transforming into a loss and bringing the team to their end of the game.
The Patriots scoring one run at a 5-5 tie was a good turning point for the team. They qualified to compete at the next level with Ticonderoga with that single run. Opportunity did knock on the door for Bombers; however, they lost with their continuous fall of batters in the seventh inning.
JJ Ledwith, in the last career varsity baseball game, played all the shots right, with Morelli establishing himself as a firm player being a freshman. For the Patriots, on to the next level!