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Nipmuc Baseball Nearing Play-off Berth

Nipmuc baseball started off the week with a 12-1 win over Whitinsville Christian that was exactly what the team needed. After a three game losing streak where it seemed the team could not put all the necessary elements together, NHS got offense, pitching, and defense to improve to 7-4 on the season.
"We played well," said head coach Steve DellaRovere. "We obviously hit the ball well and defensively we were sharp. We put it all together where we had not been able to do the past week or so. Hopefully we've broken out of this funk."
Nipmuc had seen the bats struggle in a 2-1 loss to Blackstone-Millville, was victimized by a shaky defensive outing in a 7-6 loss to Douglas, and saw both elements struggle in a 9-1 loss to Northbridge. Through the losing streak and in the win over Whitinsville, Nipmuc received steady hitting from leadoff hitter Tom Paine and number three hitter Brian St. Germain. Eric Jorgensen tossed six shutout innings in the win over the Christian School.
"Our pitching has been pretty good, we've just been victimized by some errors which hasn't helped," said DellaRovere. "Even in games where our starters haven't been 100 percent in terms of their stuff, they've usually pitched well enough to keep us in games and give us a chance."
Just past the midway point of the season, DellaRovere has seen a four-man rotation develop including Jorgensen, Mike Smith, Connor Colombo, and Chris O'Rourke. He says the offense could do a little more to help out the pitching staff as well. "We need to get some more timely hitting, we are leaving too many guys on base," he said. "We can improve on that as the year goes on and guys continue to get more comfortable at the plate."
DellaRovere expects the defense to improve as well. "The past week was not a good representation of what our defense can be," he said. "We've got good athletes on this team who can be good defensively."
Senior captain Scott Hubener has been a bright spot defensively for the Warriors in centerfield. "He controls the outfield, I never worry when the ball is hit out his way," said DellaRovere. "He's just a very steady player who has also been a catalyst at the top of the batting order."
Nipmuc's schedule presents a challenge as the team makes the turn for home. The Warriors are in the midst of four straight on the road, and close the season with home games against perennial division one contenders Holy Name and Shepherd Hill.
"I think the last couple games are good tests for us at the right time of the year," said DellaRovere. "We need to get ready before the tournament. We expect to be in the districts, and we want to be playing well when we get to that point."




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