A young Shepaug Valley High baseball team might have thought it'd be easy sailing when it opened the 2012 campaign with three victories.

Yet eight straight defeats have the Spartans in quest of some answers, mostly concerning their lack of scoring punch.

"We need to find a way to get our pitchers more run support," said coach Scott Werkhoven, who is still hopeful the wins will come this spring.

"We are going through a difficult stretch, but we have played better the past couple of games," he said.

A prime example of the Region 12 diamond crew's struggles at the plate came Monday when a superb mound performance by Ian Bowman at Ted Alex Field went for naught in 1-0 loss to Terryville.

Brian Hungerford stroked two hits but his teammates contributed just three more as the pinstriped Region 12 squad slumped to 3-8.

"Our pitchers have done a good job all year of throwing strikes and keeping us in games," praised coach Werkhoven. "John DeFeo and Ian Bowman have logged the most innings and have both been very effective."

The veteran bench boss also lauded the mound efforts of Shawn Parker, Brian Hungerford and Gavin Hauspurg "when given the opportunity."

The Spartans would need to win five of their remaining nine games to qualify for the state Class S tournament.

Shepaug was slated Wednesday to visit Nonnewaug in Woodbury and will welcome Thomaston to Alex Field today (Friday) for a 3:45 p.m. opening pitch.

Norm Cummings