Text and photos by Steev Riccardo
FISKDALE – Junior right hander Evan Anderson pitched six solid innings of four-hit ballgame and the Bartlett Indians got some timely hitting from junior Anthony Higbie and sophomore James Patterson en route to an 8-2 win over the Tantasqua Warriors in their season opener on Friday afternoon.
Despite a shaky start with two first inning walks with the bases loaded, Anderson settled down and pitched an excellent game, striking out seven batters while scattering the four hits.
Higbie knocked in two runs with a sharp double to right centerfield in the second inning, which at the time gave the Indians a 3-2 lead, which they never gave up.
Patterson then added some insurance, tripling home two runs in the sixth inning and was in turn singled home by junior Justin Caro in a four- run inning that put the game out of reach.
“Our offense stepped up, we had runners on base every inning,” said
Indians coach Jon Way. “We got a huge contribution from our second baseman James Patterson playing in his first varsity game. You could tell he had a little bit of nerves early in the game but once he made his first defensive play it was just baseball from there.”
Way was also impressed with his junior pitcher. “Evan kept us in a close game and then finally we were able to score four runs in the sixth inning and open the game up. The win starts with him, he threw way too many pitches (104) but he kept us in the game. I can’t say enough about the kid.”
Anderson was also pleased with his effort. “I thought it went pretty well. I know that everyone behind me is going to make the plays. All I have to do is try and make my spots.
“I’m happy with this win, we had been working very hard in the gym for the first week of the season before going outside,” said Way in regards to the weather, which has not exactly been baseball friendly. “I have to tip my hat to these guys. We had a couple of long practices in the cold when we did get outside.”
Junior Chris Czernicki pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the Indians, who play Northbridge and David Prouty next week in a couple of key SWCL contests.