Housy baseball drops 3-2 to Northwestern

Freshman pitcher Wyatt Bayer threw three strikeouts when HVRHS played Northwestern April 9.

Riley Klein

Housy baseball drops 3-2 to Northwestern

WINSTED — A back-and-forth baseball game between Housatonic Valley Regional High School and Northwestern Regional High School ended 3-2 in favor of Northwestern on Tuesday, April 9.

The Highlanders played a disciplined defensive game and kept errors to a minimum. Wyatt Bayer pitched a strong six innings for HVRHS, but the Mountaineers fell behind late and were unable to come back in the seventh.

Northwestern's Ty Devita and Housatonic's Wes Allyn were opponents on April 9, but will be teammates come football season.Riley Klein

Despite the proximity of these two schools, this was far from a rivalry game. Players on both teams were more than familiar with the opposing roster after teaming up each fall for several seasons of Gilbert/Northwestern/Housatonic co-op football.

Fans could not have asked for a better spring day to take in the game April 9. Clear skies illuminated the field with temperatures around 72 degrees in Winsted. Singing birds gave way to chirping dugouts as the match got underway.

Chris Race played second for HVRHS.Riley Klein

Wyatt Bayer worked the mound from start to finish for HVRHS. He opened the first inning with a strikeout, but one Northwestern runner reached home before the inning was out. The Highlanders took a 1-0 lead which lasted through the third inning.

In the fourth, Hunter Conklin launched a deep double into center field. He brought home two runners in the process and put HVRHS up 2-1. Northwestern evened the score in the bottom of the fourth to tie it up at two.

The tie persisted through the fifth inning before Northwestern pulled ahead in the bottom of the sixth. Bayer got on base with a single in the seventh, but the Highlanders got out of the inning ahead to win the game 3-2.

Anthony Foley caught Nolan Risedorf in a pickle.Anthony Foley caught Nolan Risedorf in a pickle.Riley Klein

Bayer threw three strikeouts for HVRHS and went 1 for 2 from the plate. Conklin led the Mountaineers offensively with a 2 RBI double.

For Northwestern, Ben Crone batted 2 for 3 with a triple, Gavin Deloy hit 2 for 3 with a pair of singles, and Robbie Ayers hit 2 for 4 and touched home twice including the game winning run.

HVRHS moved to 0-2 for the season. The Mountaineers will host Shepaug Valley High School Friday, April 19, at 3:45 p.m.

The dugout tracked a high-flying foul ball.Riley Klein

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