New Milford baseball streaking to home stretch
Published 2:21 pm, Thursday, May 12, 2016
NEW MILFORD — With six games left in the regular season, the New Milford High School baseball team has established itself as a contender with a mix of attitude and execution.
The Green Wave moved to 12-2 on the season with a victory over Notre Dame-Fairfield on Monday. New Milford had won five straight ahead of a game Wednesday in Brookfield and has not lost consecutive games this season.
“When you start 12-2 just about everything is going right,” New Milford Coach Ryan Johnson said. “It’s a nice little run we are on here. We have had extremely strong pitching and the offense has not missed a beat since game one.
“We are getting timely hits and driving in runs when we have the chance and the pitchers have stepped up when needed, getting out of jams. It’s been a combination of those things and we have been winning games.”
Helping set the winning tone is a senior heavy roster. Johnson kept 15 seniors and has a pair of juniors and two sophomores to round out the squad. It has paid off having all that experience and leadership.
“It’s a lot of fun having a senior laden team,” Johnson said. “This group has been together since they were nine years old, and to have them finish at high school together is fun to watch.”
There are only nine spots at a time and having so many seniors could be a problem for some teams because someone is going to have to sit for stretches of each game. Johnson knew this when he filled out the roster but he also has no regrets about the decision.
“Everyone pulls for each other and it creates a family- oriented atmosphere and it is a lot of fun to got to work every day and coach them,” he said. “They all know that nothing is guaranteed and whatever role you have you have to embrace.”