Rams get A-plus effort

SOUTHWICK – The first quarter report cards are in for the Southwick-Tolland Regional High School baseball team, and the Rams appear to be cashing in with high grades.
Southwick completed its first six games played with a record of 5-1, following consecutive victories. The Rams, fresh off a 12-0 shutout of Hampshire and 6-3 win over Palmer, clobbered Sabis 19-3 Wednesday.
Southwick’s Jake Goodreau led the offensive fireworks with a three-run homer. He finished with two hits and four RBIs.
Andrew Mitchell (3 hits, 2 RBIs), Dan McClellan (2 hits, 2 walks, 2 RBIs), Bob Hamel (2 hits, RBI), and Brian Sheil (2 hits) also delivered at the plate for the Rams.
Sheil scattered six hits over five innings for Southwick. He struck out three, walked none, and allowed three runs.
Southwick has been delivering on all fronts over the last several days.
Mitchell scattered eight hits over seven innings for a complete game victory on the mound against Palmer. He struck out three batters, and walked three.
“He pitched really, really well,” Southwick coach Tim Karetka said.
Mitchell was backed by some solid bats from Hamel (3-for-3, bases-loaded walk), Vinnie Fortini (2-run single), Jake Goodreau (RBI single), and McClellan (double, RBI, run).
Southwick was able to get to highly-touted Palmer pitcher Tyler Wilson, who has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Rhode Island in 2015.
“We really worked the pitch counts against him,” coach Karetka said.
Southwick also enjoyed a solid outing on the mound from Hamel, who pitched a four-hitter and struck out seven against Hampshire. In that game, Brian Sheil led the offense with a 3-for-4 outing. He had two RBIs.

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