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BVT Baseball Rolls to Unbeaten Start

The first seven games have produced seven victories for the Blackstone Valley Tech baseball team. Along the way, they've managed to win in a number of different fashions. The Beavers have rolled to lopsided victories over Nashoba, Keefe Tech, and Tri-County. They've pulled out a couple of tight wins over Martha's Vineyard.
And on Monday, they were able to break open a close game against Worcester Tech. BVT plated seven runs in the top of the 7th to pull away for an 8-0 win. "It was a really exciting game and up until the last inning, it seemed like it could be anyone's game," BVT head coach Scott Felper said. "It looked like it might be a race to 21 outs but we caught them on their heels for a split second and were able to take advantage. It was just a really good baseball game."
Really good baseball is what Valley Tech has been playing all season. Monday's win came in support of senior pitcher Austin LeBastie, who has only allowed one earned run through three games and 21 innings of work. He struck out 15 Eagles on Monday, allowing just two hits in the shutout victory.
"Austin looks good out there and he feels good out there and it shows," Felper said. "Tyler Brodeur has also been making some strides at the top of the rotation, so our pitching has definitely been a strength."
Hitting has also been something for the Beavers to brag about. Along with allowing just 1.7 runs per game, the lowest total in the Colonial Athletic League, BVT has plated just south of 13 runs per contest, good for the highest average in the CAL. "It's not just one guy or a few guys, it's almost every guy on the team," Felper said. "They all put in the extra work before and after practice and it's paying off for them"
Among the big bats on the Beaver roster are Colin Fiorentino, Danny Burdick, Sam Danis, Joe Corsi, and LeBastie, all of whom carry batting averages among the top-10 in the CAL. Burdick sparked the team against Worcester Tech. His two-out RBI single in the fifth broke a scoreless tie. Two innings later, his one-out RBI single made it 2-0 and the floodgates opened shortly thereafter.
Even with the strong start, Felper says there are always ways to get better. "We are working on situational defense and hitting," he said. "We can work on our approach with two strikes and hitting with two outs. We know we are never as good or as bad as it seems, so that keeps us humble. It's still early and there's a long way to go."
With numerous veteran presences in the BVT lineup, the success continuing seems likely. "I can't stress how great the leadership on this team has been and it shows," Felper said. "They know we need to win each inning and win each pitch. As long as we keep doing that, it'll be a fun year."




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