At times, it seems the ups and downs never end for the Pittsfield High School baseball team.
True to form, though, the Generals got through another one Monday.
On their way to a game against Minnechaug, the team's bus broke down in Wilbraham, just as the bus hit Route 20. Luckily, as the Generals waited and wondered if they would get to play, another bus came by from the nearby school district to pick them up and take them to the field -- where they'd win 12-7.
"We had to kind of scramble getting there, and we got there a little late," PHS coach Bob Moynihan said. "We didn't get much of a warm-up, and it took us a couple of innings to get rolling."
Moynihan is certainly used to facing adversity by now.
The coach almost didn't get his 32nd year at the helm of the Generals. Following notice last fall that he wasn't going to be rehired as coach, Moynihan both re-applied for the position and approached the United Educators of Pittsfield to file a grievance. After a meeting with School Committee members in late January, following multiple reports by The Eagle and an outpouring of support for Moynihan, he was retained as coach and the grievance was rescinded.
That didn't leave the coach much time to prepare for the season, though. New uniforms, for example, were late in coming.
"Everybody was kind of in limbo for a while, and not knowing who was going to be coaching," Moynihan said. "We got a late start on all that stuff.
Still, he's left that all behind him. He's feeling good about the job, and he's focused on the business of baseball.
He discussed the situation briefly with the players as the season began, but even the Generals were more focused on the diamond than anything behind the scenes.
"I tried to just focus on [preparing] myself for the season," senior pitcher and first baseman Bobby New said. "Whatever happened, happened. I just needed to be ready.
"At the beginning, he said he was happy to be back. We didn't want to think about it as much."
The Generals' roster is filled with experience, as juniors and seniors can be found up and down the batting order. Many of them have been in the program since they were sophomores. Four of the five seniors have been in the program for at least two years.
New said Moynihan's expertise and knowledge of the players continues to make him an asset to the players, both underclassmen and upperclassmen.
"I wouldn't say we're a veteran team, but a lot of guys have been on since sophomore year," New said. "We have good chemistry with the coach.
"We started out a little slow, going 0-2, but won our [third] game. Things are going forward, and I think we're going to have a great year."
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