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By Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Staff
The Medfield varsity boys baseball team finished its regular season with a non-league loss to Wellesley on Friday, May 27. The Warriors were defeated by the Raiders at Sprague Field, 13-3. In losing to Wellesley, the Warriors moved to 10-7 on the season, good for third place in the Tri-Valley League and a state tournament bid.
“We hung in with Wellesley for the first half of the game. Sophomore Stuart Whitla made a solid start on the mound, but the Wellesley bats came alive in the fourth and we just couldn't get our offense going,” said Coach Matt Marenghi.
As was sometimes the case on the season, the Warriors struggled with offensive production, and were only able to muster three runs off of Wellesley freshman Teddy Goss (5 IP, 3 H, 3 K). “Wellesley’s starter was impressive and quite poised for a freshman,” the coach added.
"We knew coming into this season that we would not have quite the potent offense that we did last year," he continued. "Though we have made steady improvements offensively, it is clearly our area of weakness."
There have been plenty of strengths, too, though. Despite a third-place finish in the Tri-Valley League, the Warriors laid claim to the league MVP, junior Chris McGrory. Chris was joined by his junior teammate, Jarrett Lee, as as a TVL all-star.
Now, the Warriors face a state tournament bid.
“The game served as quite a tune up for our tourney run,” said Marenghi. “As I always tell the guys, there is more to learn from a loss than a win.”
Medfield has one major thing in their favor as they head to the tournament: chemistry. "What has been most satisfying," said Coach Marenghi, "is how well the guys have jelled and gotten along." Count Marenghi as one of the many who’s hoping the team’s unique harmony will be sufficient to power them to glory in the postseason.