Rough Patch: Baseball Loses Three Games In A Row


David Moser

   Walpole High Baseball started their season with three wins in a row; Milton (8-1), Dedham (4-3) and Xaverian (2-0). Despite this hot start, Walpole dropped their next three games to St. John’s Prep (4-0), Franklin (4-3), and Needham (7-0). With senior captains Cam Martin, Charlie Auditore and Larry Gaughan at the helm, the Rebels look to get back on the winning track.

On the first warm day of spring, Gaughan started on the mound for the Rebels’ opening day versus the Milton Wildcats. Lasting until the sixth inning, Gaughan secured an impressive 8-1 home win. In another exciting feat, Walpole also scored three runs off of Needham’s D1 Northeastern commit — forcing the starter off the mound in only the third inning.

Next, the Rebels closed out a 4-3 win over defending Herget champion, the Dedham Marauders.

“Dedham was a huge win,” said Martin, who starts in left field. “They won the Herget last season, so beating them means a lot carrying us into the rest of our season.”

Since defeating Dedham, the Rebels beat Xaverian, but their troubles were just about to begin. After three losses against St. John’s Prep, Franklin and Needham, Walpole hopes to turn their season around — especially with hitting.

“We have had trouble at the plate in the last couple games, but I am confident that once we start hitting better we will win games” said Martin.

The Rebels have a chance to turn their season around on Wednesday, April 25, against the Natick Redhawks.