Owen Batchelder collected three hits as Souhegan Sabers Varsity took home a 9-4 victory over Hanover in seven innings at Amherst on Wednesday. The three hits were all singles and were done in the first, second, and fourth innings. Joe Grassett also put up a solid performance on the mound once again with four strikeouts, only two walks, just nine hits, and four runs in total. Three of these four runs were earned and done because of the batting team, not because the Sabers defense made a mistake or an error.
Souhegan Sabers went up early in the first inning from Alec Burns hitting a high fly-ball, but allowing one to run it home. Two more runs were added to the tally after a runner batted in or RBI single from shortstop Bryce Reagan and an RBI from third-basemen Noah Hodges. After these great plays, the Sabers were up 3-0 by the end of the first inning.
The Souhegan Sabers also pushed one run across in the second after an RBI single from Owen Batchelder who brought catcher, Sam Bannon, home. The Sabers were able to put up one each in the third and the sixth innings off of a RBI single off the bat of Tucker Aiello in the third and a RBI by Noah Hodges during the sixth inning.
Hanover showed a quick streak of great offense in the fifth inning, but was eventually snuffed out from a recoil from Souhegan of three runs in the fifth inning. The Sabers scored from a single from Thomas Bennett which allowed two of his teammates to run it home and add to the Sabers score. The third run came from a high fly-ball hit by Bryce Reagan and caught by the Hanover defense, but still left enough time for one of the Sabers to get their third run in the fifth inning. The game ended 9-4 in favor of Souhegan.
The Souhegan infield continues to be outstanding as Thomas Bennett at second, Bryce Reagan at short, and Noah Hodges at third, are not failing to impress as the season continues with an unbelievable eleven registered assists or eleven times of the runners being thrown out by the three of them.