Wolf Pack
takes crown
--- again
By Shawn Bates
PUTNAM — Thanks to some eighth graders, the Putnam Middle School Wolf Pack took the QVJC baseball championship for the second year in a row with a 6 -5 win over the second-seeded Pomfret Eagles . Their overall record was 12-2.
Avery Pedersen started on the bump for the Wolf Pack who fell behind with allowing a double to the first Pomfret batter.  Dodds then would score with the help of the number 2 hitter Wolain. A base on balls and a stolen base would move the Pomfret Eagles to a 2 -0 lead with Putnam up to hit in the bottom of the first. Karson Bates would lead the Pack with 3-4 hits on the day and would be the first to cross the plate with a stolen base and a push in with a hit from Carter Morrissette to bring the Pack within 1 going into the top of the second.. . Pomfret and Putnam would leave stranded baserunners.
The bottom of the 3rd Putnam‘s Bates would again drive a hard hit single to get on base and then would proceed to wreak havoc on the base path by stealing second and third base and would walk in with a Jack Rindge base hit. Putnam would hold the Eagles to no runs in the third but would give up three runs in the fourth with a hits bats man to start the inning. Then there was a base hit by Zack Rothlein. Then Pomfret’s Flanagan would draw a walk to set up Johnson to clear the three base runners to give Pomfret a 5-2 lead.
Putnam would switch pitchers putting in Morrissette and would keep Pomfret bats quiet for the remainder of the game. And Putnam would go down in the fifth and sixth at the plate with one lone single from Nick Renshaw in the bottom of the sixth.  
Again, as in the first and third innings, Bates would reach first on one rip down the third base line and would reach third on two more stolen bases. He crossed the plate on a Carter Morrissette single. Jack Rindge would move Morrissette over on another base hit and then Zach Belleville would load up the base‘s on another single.
 A walk to Jacob Mailloux would score Morrissette and would advance Rindge and Belleville. Avery Pedersen would go down swinging at the plate for Putnam‘s first out of the bottom of the seventh. Renshaw would draw two strikes in the batter’s box and on the next pitch would line a double into right field to clear in Rindge and Belleville. That left Pomfret in the field with a 6-5 walk off victory for a back to back QVJC championship for coach Derek Coderre’s third championship in five years.
Ben Gagnon, head coach for Pomfret, said after the game: “ We had them on the ropes.” He added: “This is one of the best games I’ve ever been involved with in the last couple of years. It could have gone any way. There were two good teams out there today and they left it all out on the field.”


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