MILTON — The Yellow Jacket baseball team kept its spirits up Saturday after a tough opening-season loss against Mount Mansfield Union. The MMU Cougars came out on top, 12-2.
The Yellow Jackets, a young team with many freshman and sophomores, is a Division II team, but were matched against the Cougars, a team with many seniors which typically competes in Division I.
Milton's Assistant Coaches, Dennis Harvey and Brian Lane, said this was particularly tough because many of Milton's players are competing at the high school level for the first time, given last year's cancelled season.
"Many of them didn't get to play as freshman," Harvey said.
Head Coach Andy Farrar was impressed with the pitching of senior Zachary Fantini, who stepped up to the mound part-way through the game.
"We had some really fine pitching by Fantini," Farrar said. "He kept us in the game."
The highlight of the game for Milton was after the fifth inning, when the score was an even 2-2. Though the Cougars scored many more runs after that, the Yellow Jackets kept up a positive attitude, which Farrar was proud of.
"Because we had almost no hits, we scored through scrappy base running," he said.
At practices this week, the team will be honing its defensive skills and working on hitting.
"We'll be prepping for the three games we've got lined up at the end of this week," Farrar said.
The Yellow Jackets will next play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22 at home vs. Lamoille Union High School.