Sophomore Aidan Elmore picked a really great time to get out of a slump. The first-year varsity player had gone hitless over his last 12 at-bats and was riding shotgun on the struggle bus for the Bourne High School baseball team.
Coach Sean Donovan went to Elmore in a huge spot for the Canalmen in the top of the seventh inning at Old Rochester despite the recent decline at the dish for the youngster, and did it ever pay off.
With two on and no outs and his team trailing 4-2, Elmore broke out of his slide by hammering a long fly ball over the left-center field fence for his first career home run, giving Bourne a 5-4 lead. BHS went on to tack on two more runs in the inning to score the upset win, 7-4, and pick up their first win of the year.
“Today was his chance and that’s all that we could ever ask of him,” coach Sean Donovan said. “He tagged that ball, there was no doubt.”
Brady Fitzpatrick was hit by a pitch to start the inning for BHS and then Eric Ierardi walked to set the stage. Elmore then cracked one deep over the wall for the lead.
After a pitching change the Bourne offense remained hot. Ty Kelley singled to greet the new hurler and then Cross Sierra followed suit with a hit of his own. Damon White then drove one in with a single to make it 6-4 and Ethan Dunn plated the final run of the five-run outburst with a sacrifice fly.
White started the game and had a very good outing for the Canalmen on the hill against the Bulldogs. He struck out three and allowed just three hits over five innings pitched. Ethan Dunn worked the last two, and picked up the win, giving up one hit with three K’s.
White not only pitched well, but had a heck of a day at the plate. The sophomore was 3-for-4 and came up just a home run shy of hitting for the cycle as he had a single, double and triple to his credit.
“It was great to finally get that win. The guys have been working so hard and they’ve been trending in the right direction. We’ve got a young team, and they’re learning how to win tight games. This was a step in the right direction,” Donovan said.