Ellis Tech baseball finishes regular season; heads to state tourney
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Killingly - posted Wed., Jun. 1, 2011
The Ellis Tech Golden Eagles baseball team jumped out ahead of the Windham Tech Tigers in the early innings on May 26. At one point they led by nine runs. The Tigers eventually came back and whittled the lead to nothing, then powered ahead by two runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Ellis Tech loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth, but the Tigers held them scoreless. The Tigers went on to win the seesaw of a match by a score of 13-11.
Ellis Tech coach David Anderson and his team were disappointed, naturally.
“The game's not over till it's over,” Anderson said. “Yogi Berra said it. It's not over till it's over.”
The Eagles led 5-2 in the second inning. They would add six more runs over the course of the next three innings to make the game seem out of reach of the Tigers.
“I kept telling them the whole time when we were up 11 to 2, the game isn't over,” Anderson said. “We have to keep playing hard.”
There were plenty of good efforts all around by the Eagles. Karl Barry pitched well for the first four innings. Dan Rogers played through with a bad foot. Center fielder Kyle Ravenelle had three hits and played left field and short stop before the game ended. Mason Moriarty came in as relief for Barry, and Brandon Riendeau came in for Moriarty to end the game.
Riendeau wasn't able to pitch until late in the game because he had already pitched 21 outs earlier in the week.
The game brought the regular season to an end. The Eagles will still head to the state tournament, however.
“It’s a new season,” Anderson said. “It’s one loss and you’re out. Every game is a do or die situation. You try to play the best ball you can and you try not to make errors. You try to win every inning, one inning at a time. And if you win every inning, you win the ball game. The regular season is over and we can’t do anything to change it. We qualified for the states - that was one of our goals. So we feel accomplished. We wanted to finish above .500. We wanted to end up winning this game and be 10-9 instead of 9-10.”
Ellis Tech Baseball Coach David Anderson
Seasons with the team: 2
Thoughts on the season: “It’s a new season. The regular season is over and we can’t do anything to change it. We qualified for the states - that was one of our goals. So we feel accomplished. But it's really a tough pill to swallow right now,” the coach said.
Dan Rogers, #10, Catcher:
Rogers was playing short stop earlier in the season until he filled in behind the plate for the Eagles. He has continued to perform well throughout the season. He came into Thursday's game with a bad foot but played through. He played well, stole home to score and helped the team play hard.
Karl Barry, #5, Pitcher:
“We had a lot of good efforts,” said Anderson. “Our pitcher [Barry] pitched a very good game before he ran out of gas. And then they hit some balls that went just in the right places.”