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BVT Baseball Run Ends in District Quarters

The Blackstone Valley Tech baseball team gave Auburn a scare, bringing the tying run inches away from crossing the plate before falling 6-5 in the Division 3 district quarterfinal.
"It was a boost of confidence to my guys, losing is never fun but you lose by one run to a team that shows up in the district finals, that's what we want to do, that's who want to be competing with," head coach Scott Felper said. "It seems like we just keep running into Auburn."
BVT fell behind 6-2 in the game before rallying to score three times in the top of the seventh. Auburn made the final out at second base on a close play before the tying run scored. The loss came after a decisive Beavers' win in the first round, a 14-2 drubbing of Nashoba Valley Tech. Blake Morin, the team's leading hitter, picked up three hits in that game and catcher Marc Flores added a three-hit performance of his own to cap off a torrid stretch run at the plate.
"He came on strong at the end of the year, he really picked things up," Felper said of Flores, a senior. "Defensively, there are not too many high school catchers who can call their own game and play as well defensively behind the plate. Having Marc develop into a leader for us towards the end of the year on offense and defense was cool to see."
Fellow senior Tyler Brodeur took the mound for BVT in the season finale, and Felper dubbed the Worcester State-bound pitcher his "big game guy, all season long."
Ryan Wickett earned the win in the opening round game. He came in mid-game and did not allow an earned run after taking the hill.
"He pitched strong and that was cool to see," Felper said. "He made the jump and really embraced a big moment, he went out there and competed."
BVT will feel the loss of several impact seniors from the 2016 roster, including Brodeur, Flores, shortstop Joe Crosi, Joe Hanson, Matt Marchant, Tyler Smith, and Nick Laren. But the balance of the roster, including the team's leading hitter, Morin, will be back in 2017.
"He was our third baseman and our three-hitter all year and he did a great job," Felper said of Morin. "It's a good thing to bring back the best bat on the team."
The coach also praised sophomore Nate Charron, who batted over .300 on the season and claimed the second base job from the start of the season.
"This team was all about work ethic, you can have all the talent in the world but you won't win too many ballgames without good work ethic," Felper said. "We hope that carries on after this senior class leaves. I have never seen a group of guys just keep putting in extra work and working to get better every day. 
"We are pretty young, but I think next year is going to be exciting to watch this program continue to grow," he said.




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