NORTHAMPTON -- Trailing by eight runs after two innings would be enough to deter any team.
But not a young Wahconah squad. Instead, the Warriors rallied against Northampton, finishing with 13 hits before dropping a wild 20-16 decision on the road.
"Wed led twice in the game," said Wahconah coach Jared Shannon. "We just don't have the pitching to hang on after that kind of game."
The matchup went nearly four hours and featured almost 400 pitches. Ethan Wells took the loss for the Warriors but he had a monster day at the plate. Wells finished with five runs scored, seven stolen bases, three RBI and a double. Joe DiMassimo was 3 for 4 with three RBI while freshman Andrew Beaudoin had two hits and drove in three.
It wasn't enough against the Blue Devils' 17-hit attack. That didn't discourage Shannon.
"To be honest, I'm not sure we're going to face a better one through nine than Northampton," the coach said. "I said, ‘We're on the right track. We just have to not give up and fight for every run.' "
Wah 013 353 1--16 13 4
NoHo 540 227 x--20 17 3
Joe DiMassimo (1 1/3), Ethan Wells (4 1/3), Nick Dargi (1/3) and Matt Schneider; Hale (2 1/3), Salem (2), Osherow (1/3), Name unavailable (1/3), Warner (2) and Grimaldi. W -- Warner; L -- Wells. 2B -- Northampton 3 (Christopher 3); Wahconah 1 (Wells). 3B -- Northampton 1 (Logue). HR -- Northampton 2 (Warner, Ramsden).