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Lenox baseball goes down in blaze of glory to Mt. Everett

SHEFFIELD – The optimism surrounding the Millionaires on the diamond this pre-season was off the charts.

Unfortunately that optimism didn’t translate into victories, as Lenox was knocked out of post-season contention with a 7-6 loss to Mt. Everett on Saturday.

“We didn’t get it done, it didn’t go our way – now we have to show some pride,” said Lenox Head Coach Kevin Downer. “I know the seniors are upset, [but] there comes a point in life that you need to handle situations like these.”

Lenox senior ace Austin Salnitis, who had battled location issues all year, sometimes reaching double-digit walks, seemed to thrive on Saturday with the warmer temperatures.

Salnitis struck out 13 Eagles with both his fastball, reaching near 90 mph, and his knee-bending curveball finding the strike zone.

“[Salnitis] has been pitching great – he’s been throwing strikes and he’s been letting the kids behind him make the plays,” Downer said.

Lenox jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top half of the first in Sheffield, on four walks by Eagle’s starting pitcher John Ormsbee.

Salnitis helped his own cause by roping a RBI liner to left-center to score Tom Duffin, who had walked to start the inning.

Ormsbee settled down the rest of the way, allowing only two hits and two runs while pitching into the fifth.

Lenox built a 6-2 lead off Ormsbee in the fifth, when Dillon Benham opened the top half with a double and Salnitis followed with an intentional walk.

Mt. Everett’s Sage Angell came into relief following the Salnitis walk and induced two run-scoring groundouts and a strikeout to keep the Eagles within four.

In the bottom half of the fifth, the Eagles put together a triage of liners off Salnitis, who appeared to fall in love with his fastball, as pinch-hitter Charles Parsons led off with a double before Angell and Aaron Martin followed with back-to-back RBI triples.

Eric Derwitsch then knocked in Martin with a fly to right to make it 6-5.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh, when Salnitis got in trouble by walking Parsons on five pitches to lead off the inning before Brad Lupiani laid down a bunt single.

Angell followed with an infield grounder that was misplayed by the Lenox infield, loading the bases with no outs.

Despite the bases loaded, Lenox third baseman Mike Downer came up with a stellar play at third on a shot hit by Martin, in which Downer was able to get the runner at home.

However it was all for naught, as Derwitsch followed Martin with a game winning two-run single up the middle, to end Lenox’s playoff hopes and give the Eagles a 5-7 record.

“That’s kind of how our season has gone,” Downer said. “It’s just how the season has gone down.”

The Eagles, who improved to 6-7 on Monday after beating Lenox again, look poised to regain some of that mystic from last season’s State Title run.

“We are starting to get it, and that has been one of the hallmarks of our team,” said Mt. Everett Head Coach Jesse Carpenter. “We are pretty tough, and we don’t get down and we battle and battle – and that’s what we did today.”

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