The Park View Middle School Cougars baseball team outlasted the Winman Warriors 3-2 on Thursday evening at Park View.
It is the second win in a row for Park View, who improves its record to 2-2 on the season.
“We had a great game,” Lovejoy said. “We lost our first two games, two tough games last week before the kids had vacation and this week we battled back and we were 2-0 this week and it’s starting to come together. We have a lot of veteran leadership with our eighth graders and they’re really leading the way this year.”
Devante Viveiros started on the hill for Park View pitching four strong innings. Viveiros was followed by his teammates Giovanni Grundy, who pitched in the fifth, John Devine, a sixth grader, who pitched in the sixth and lastly, Park View’s ace pitcher Clyde Boutier, who closed it out in the top of the seventh.
“It was a tight game and we made a few more plays and our pitchers got us out of a few jams,” Lovejoy said.
Matt Colvin got the start on the hill for Winman, pitching four innings and then Berard pitched in two innings followed by Zach Scotti.
Park View took a 1-0 when Boutier drove in a run in the second inning with an RBI double before Winman tied it in the top of the third when Corbin Berard scored on a fielder’s choice. Park View’s second run came on an error and then Arthur Peters hit an RBI single in the fourth inning and extended Park View’s edge to 3-1. Winman’s second run came when Dom Calise scored on a double steal in the top of the fifth.
With the loss, Winman drops to 1-3.
The Warriors have given up run totals of 5, 3, 3, 1 in their four games, which isn’t all that bad, but their offense has been struggling to produce at the plate.
“The pitching and defense has been good,” Winman head coach Ed Colvin said. “It’s been good all year. We’re just not swinging the bats. So, all the games are low scoring, they’re all one-run games. Hopefully, we’ll swing the bats and as the weather warms up, we’ll score some runs for our pitching and we’ll get back in the playoff race.”
Winman played at Riverside on Monday and Park View was at Cole. The scores were unavailable before press time.