Roger Brown's Diamond Notes: North’s win streak just keeps growing
North (12-4) has won six games in a row since that loss, and has climbed to No. 2 in the Division I standings.
“We walked in there that day thinking we were pretty good. We thought we could just go through the motions. It refocused us on the way we’re supposed to play. We’ve always been good physically. We’ve really grown up mentally.”
“We’ve learned something in all four of our losses, and that Londonderry game put us in a pretty good place mentally. We told the kids that sometimes the scoreboard lies and that they should only worry about what they can control. They don’t need to worry about the outcome. They need to worry about playing the game the right way.”
“We have two pitchers (McCarthy and Robert) who I would put up against anybody else,” Harvell said. “I feel good about what we have for a team. It’s a long year and a tall mountain we’re trying to climb.”
White Mountains, which improved its Division III record to 13-0 by beating Kennett of Conway 5-1 Monday, is the only unbeaten high school softball or baseball team in the state. The Spartans of Whitefield have dominant pitching, a .460 team batting average and have been playing solid defense as well.
White Mountains has 10 players on its roster who played in more than 100 games for the Way North summer league team last year. Junior pitcher Erica Millett is among those players. Millett is 11-0 with a 0.56 ERA this spring. Sophomore Rebecca Hicks, Forrest’s daughter, hasn’t allowed a run in 16 innings.
“If Erica’s not the best pitcher in the state, she’s probably very close,” Forrest Hicks said. “She throws multiple pitches, she throws hard and she has great control.”
Forrest Hicks said he expects Gilford and Campbell of Litchfield to be among the major obstacles between White Mountains and another state title.
MONEYBALL: Proceeds from today’s Bow at Pelham baseball game will benefit the American Cancer Society. The Pelham players will wear pink jerseys that were donated by the Pelham Police Department. Fans are encouraged to wear pink as well to show their support. Admission is $1 and donations can also be made during the game, which is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
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