EXETER 9, CONCORD 3
By Mike Zhe
EXETER – Starting pitcher Mike Sterritt walked off the hill after the top of the fourth inning with his team trailing by a run on Wednesday, but he wasn’t nervous about it. Not with this lineup.
When it was his turn to pitch again, 12 batters and half an hour later, he’d been staked to a comfortable lead and the fifth obstacle of the season had been cleared away by his team’s bats.
The Exeter High School baseball team is 5-0 after beating Concord, 9-3. A seven-run bottom of the fourth tilted the game in its favor and it’s now the only remaining unbeaten team in Division I, with all three of its no-loss colleagues losing on Wednesday.
The right-handed Sterritt scattered five hits over six innings and gave up just two runs before letting reliever Bryce Dawson clean up. He also delivered a pair of RBI singles at the plate, one during the fourth-inning explosion against tough left-hander Noah Wachtel.
Kyle Ball, MAVERICK Cody Morissette, Sterritt and Ben Malgeri drove in runs before the frame was up. Stark finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored
The Blue Hawks showed that their lineup extends well beyond their two Division I-committed infielders at the top. Shortstop and leadoff man Ball had a hit and an RBI, and second baseman and No. 2 hitter Morissette had two singles and an RBI.
But the hitters in the five through eight slots – Malgeri, Stark, Palmer and Wallace – added value, too, collecting seven hits and three RBIs.
“Definitely, we thought we were capable,” said Sterritt. “We just need to keep sticking with it, keep our focus on every game, every pitch. We do that I think we’ll be hard to beat.”