With half its season in the rear view mirror, the Granville high school baseball team is looking to improve its record over the second half of the season in hopes to qualify for sectionals.
“We have been battling it out all season, almost every game has been close whether we’ve won or lost,” Granville Head Coach Duane Dodge said. “We just need more production through the whole lineup in order to improve.”
The boys are currently sitting at 3-4 overall and 2-3 in the conference with only a handful of games remaining on the schedule. The season to date has been one of streaks with the team losing its first two games, winning its next two, before losing two more.
On Monday night, the team broke its most recent two game skid, defeating Hoosick Falls 3-2.
With the game knotted at 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Ronnie Taylor led the frame with single and advanced to third on Jake Young’s double. After an intentional walk to load the bases, Jake Haltermann singled to give the Golden Horde a walk off victory.
It was the second time this year a team had intentionally walked Evan Hoagland only for Haltermann to deliver a game winning hit. Last Monday Granville rallied from a seven-run deficit to defeated Hadley Luzerne 10-9 on Haltermann’s bases-loaded single.
Hoagland threw a complete game with nine strikeouts to pick up his second win of the season and Young finished 3 for 4.
Monday’s win avenged a 10-6 loss to Hoosick Falls last Thursday.
In that game, Hoosick Falls scored all its runs in the second, third and fourth innings to walk away with the win.
Last Tuesday, Cambridge scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to defeated Granville 7-5.
Trailing by two runs, Cambridge’s a two-out single to tie the game and the Indians took the lead on a bases-loaded hit by pitch.
Taylor and Hoagland recorded two hits for Granville.
With a handful of games remaining in the regular season, Granville is taking it one game at a time.
“We take it one game at a time though and focus on winning the next game.
There are a couple things we need to work on like hitting better through the lineup and not making as many errors in the field,” Dodge said. “If we can do that our goal of sectionals is a real possibility but it’s important for us to take it just one day at a time.”
Granville travels to Tamarac tomorrow and hosts Hoosic Valley on Monday.