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St. Bernard’s Opens Baseball Season with Blowout Victory

April 5, 2019

FITCHBURG -- For openers, that’s the way to start out.

The St. Bernard’s baseball team ripped 13 hits and took advantage of key Parker Charter errors Friday afternoon, as the Bernardians soundly defeated the Panthers, 14-2, in a mercy-shortened contest at Holman Field.

Longtime Bernardians skipper Jim Beauregard was pleased with the win.

“I don’t think the ball was necessarily stung (on the hits), but it was good first outing for us,” he said. “We saw the ball well, made some plays offensively and defensively, and I thought we got decent pitching. I thought the pitchers had to work a little harder than they should have because we made a few mental mistakes in the field and an error or two, but all in all a good first step.”

While three hitters recorded multi-hit games for the Bernardians, with Max Bigelow leading the way with four hits and Keegan Sharp adding three, everyone contributed: Every slot in the order scored at least one run, and an eight-run second inning put this one in the win column early.

The key in the second? Better approaches at the plate, with less nerves.

“I think the first time through everybody was probably a little bit anxious,” Beauregard said. “I think the second time through, everybody had gotten the jitters out of the system and it was time to relax and hit the ball.”

And when the Bernardians hit the ball, they turned the Holman Field basepaths into a Bugs Bunny conga line in no time flat.

St. B’s had taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the first on Sharp’s two-out, run-scoring single to bring in Jack Mammone, but the Bernardians -- with the exception of Mammone -- hadn’t worked the count and went back out to the field after only 15 Thomas Here pitches.

That changed with one out in the second.

Wyatt Bingham drew a four-pitch walk before Chris Pompei (2 hits) reached on an infield hit to short, putting runners at first and second. Bigelow then loaded the bases with an infield hit right up the middle.

Mannone then came back up and slapped a two-run base hit through the right side, driving in Bingham and Pompei to make it 3-0.

Jonathan Pinard walked to re-load the bases, before Sharp’s infield hit plated Bigelow; an error on the throw also brought Mammone in, giving St. B’s a 5-0 lead. Anthony DiNardo then beat out a grounder into the hole between first and second, plating Pinard, but a throw home was offline, and Sharp crossed.

Domenic Cuevas would reach on a fielding error, scoring DiNardo from second, before Bingham ripped a base hit to right to deliver Cuevas with the eighth and final run of the frame.

The 9-0 lead was plenty for St. B’s starter Pinard to defend and hold. Pinard went four full, fanning eight and yielding only four hits, including three straight to start the third.

“He threw the ball well,” Beauregard said of Pinard. “He probably could have gotten deeper than he did, but we had a couple of mistakes that led to innings longer than they should have been.”

David Gardiner and Aidan Ouellette mopped up for the Bernardians, who take on Holy Name Monday.