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‘Athletics Post Exceptional Season in Connecticut River
In the first year of existence, the Cheshire
County/Monadnock New Hampshire region Summit Athletics made a fabulous run to
the finals of the Connecticut River Valley Baseball League. Sponsored by local
entrepreneur and Summit Athletic Center owner Steve Holland, the A's had a nice
preseason workout facility to get the gears moving.
Behind the pitching of Nick Wirkkala, Brian Royal, Arric
Mather, Russ Chretien and Ben Fournier, the A's cruised to a 10-4 regular
season record. Jeremy Ball (2nd in league batting average), Mario Checchi (3rd
in average), Sam Crotto (runs scored league leader), and Arric Mather (top two
in league home runs) led the team offensively. With only a handful of fielding
errors all season the A's were one of the better defensive teams this year.
In the preliminary round game, the A's were able to hold off
the Brattleboro Baseball Club with a 4-1 victory. In the semifinal the Athletics faced off against the second seed Putney Fossils. Nick Wirkkala got
the eight inning win and Arric Mather the save in the ninth. Brian Baker,
Taylor Berglin and Mario Checchi lead the charge in the 6-4 victory. A ninth
inning threat was quelled with the third and final out of the game when Matherstruck out catcher and Fossils coach Steve Stanley to end it.
In the final, the A's squared off against the returning
champion Walpole Maples. Summit could not manufacture runs in the championship
and even though the game was 2-1 behind the strong start of Mather, the Maples
pulled away in the ninth on several walks, hits and errors, leading the Maples
to their second consecutive championship by a score of 7-1. Great season all
around. The Athletics plan on being back stronger than ever next year. Thank
you MSBL for all the help in 2016 and the future!