The Stevens Cardinals with a record of 1 and 1 traveled to North Sutton Monday to take on the Kearsarge Cougars who sat at 4 and 1. Both teams won their previous matchups from last Thursday and hoped to bring some of that winning momentum into this game.
This early in the season, Stevens had only played two games while Kearsarge had already played five. Experience was on the Cougars side and after the first inning, Kearsarge jumped out to an early two run lead. Stevens however was able to spread out its scoring to take a five to two lead heading into the sixth inning.
Stevens starting pitcher Zach O’Brien was able to pitch the entire game allowing just four hits while walking a very high nine batters. He was able to pitch out of several jams to limit the cougars to just two runs for the rest of the game.
In the final two innings, Stevens would score four runs to take a commanding lead. Final score, Stevens nine, Kearsarge two. Kearsarge would strand 13 men on base and was never able to get the big hit they needed. Stevens head coach Paul Silva and pitcher Zach O’Brien told YCN their thoughts after the game.
O’Brien, who pitched well defensively, was also great on the offensive side hitting a triple and scoring three RBIs. All nine Cardinals batters would record at least one hit and they were able to score eight runs with two outs. Both teams will now look ahead to take on undefeated Monadnock this week.