It's that time of the season when each win seems all the more precious.

For the New Milford High School baseball team, one could add that each run has become a treasured commodity.

Coach John Wrenn's Green Wave has been playing solid defense and receiving excellent pitching en route to a 5-6 record through Monday's 4-2 defeat to host Immaculate.

Since rallying April 21 for a scintillating 8-7 victory over Bethel, the Green Wave has permitted five opponents just 13 runs. Unfortunately, after a 13-2 rout of Oxford on April 25, the NMHS offense has managed just eight runs of its own in four games, leading to three defeats.

"We still have a good chance to make the state playoffs and the league playoffs," said coach Wrenn this week. "We have been consistently inconsistent. We win one and then we lose one."

In his 31st season at the helm, the NMHS mentor well understands there's plenty of time to make a run at the post-season.

"We are playing just about all close games and our margin for error is slim so we can't afford any mistakes," he commented. "Our pitching has been very good but our offense comes and goes."

The Green Wave hoped Wednesday to start swinging the bats again in New Fairfield.

The NMHS diamond `9' is set to host Joel Barlow today (Friday) and will welcome Pomperaug to town Monday for a 4 p.m. opening pitch.

"If we can put it together on offense," shrugged coach Wrenn, "we could make a good run here at the end of the season."

Norm Cummings