BELLOWS FALLS-The Hartford High School baseball team recently traveled to Bellows Falls to take on the Terriers, but had a tough time catching up with BF starter Matt Marchica, who fired a complete-game one-hitter against the Hurricanes, propelling his team to a 4-0 win in Westminster.
"Matt threw an outstanding game today," Bellows Falls coach Bob Lockerby said after the game. "He continually pounded the strike zone and threw just 79 pitches to get the win. But he also had some very solid defense behind him that made all the plays and didn't give Hartford any extra outs. When you have confidence in your defense behind you, you can just go out there and throw strikes."
This was a tight one early on as both starting pitchers, including Hartford's Sam Johnson, put zero's up on the scoreboard until Bellows Falls was finally able to break through with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. BF catcher Brendan Hackett got the rally started with a single and stolen base, before Cooper Long walked and Bruce Wells bunted for a hit to load the bases with no outs.
Johnson got the next two batters and almost escaped, but then walked Peter Falzon to force in a run, before hitting Mike LeBeau to force in another. Bellows Falls got two insurance runs in the fifth inning when Forrest Coleman reached on an error and stole second, After Hackett sacrifice-bunted him to third, Long singled home the third run before Wells singled home the fourth run.
However, this game was all about the lefty Marchica, who retired the first 14 batters he faced before a Hurricane finally reached base on an error and then another on a double in the fifth. He also issued a one-out walk in the six - and that was it - no runs, one hit, one walk and seven strikeouts.
"I felt really good out there today," Marchica said after the win. It was also his first start of the season. "I had a plan to go out there and just throw strikes and let my defense make plays, and that's exactly what we did. Our defense played great today and we got a couple clutch hits when we needed them."