Plainfield baseball looking for division title, playoff berth
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Plainfield - posted Tue., May. 17, 2011
Plainfield High School Baseball Coach John Schiffner congratulated his players after they beat Toutellotte, 6-2, on May 11. “That was a nice win,” he said. With the season coming down to the wire and Plainfield needing three wins to either win or tie for the division title, Wednesday’s game was important and the win was sweet.
“Any win is a nice win,” Schiffner said after the game. “Especially after the other day.”
He was referring to the rough handling his team received at the hands of St. Bernard in their 9-0 loss on May 9.
“We didn’t play well. It just wasn’t a good game,” he said. “So to come back and do some of the things we did today - that was a good win.”
It was the first start for junior pitcher Gage Griffin, who struck out 10 batters in six innings.
“He threw well,” Schiffner said. “He came in for relief against Killingly and threw four very strong innings and earned the start today.” Schiffner was pleased at the overall team performance. “We executed plays and we had good situational hitting,” he said.
Senior Connor Green came in to relieve Griffin in the top of seventh inning and held on for the win.
“Dylan Yaworski had a great play at short stop,” Schiffner said. “And he had a couple of hits in the game. Connor Boise, my catcher, hit a big double and he scored late in the bottom of the sixth inning. We just played a good solid baseball game.”
Senior Connor Flanagan went two-for-three with two RBIs and Dylan Yaworski was two-for-three. With the win against Tourtellotte, the Panthers need two more wins to clinch a playoff berth. They play two more division games and two more regular season games.
Plainfield High School Baseball Coach John Schiffner
Thoughts on the season: “This was a good win for the team. We have to win two more for a chance to win or tie for the division title. So that was a good win,” the coach said.
Seniors: Nate Bedard, Connor Green, Barry Maily, Connor Flanagan, Dustin Yaworski and Dylan Yaworski.
Gage Griffin, #1, Pitcher:
Griffin pitched and won his first varsity game against Tourtellotte. “He pitched really well for us. In six innings of play he struck out 10 batters and gave up two hits and one run,” the coach said.