Clarkstown North: Looking back on freshman baseball
Coach Chris Robinson picked 17 of the best kids he saw during tryouts in order to field a team for the first game, and with the goal of winning the county championship. But none of that went exactly according to the players’ or the coach’s plan.
After a rough start of 2-6 after the first half of the season, the coach sat the team down and had a little meeting. They needed to improve. That launched a comeback six-game winning streak to bring the team over .500 with a record of 8-6, and then it was time for playoffs.
For the first game of the playoffs, the team played one of its biggest rivals, Suffern. With momentum, the Rams went into that game ready to come out victorious, but in the bottom of the eighth inning with a man on second, things took a turn. One of Suffern’s better hitters blasted one up the middle to score the man from second. Game over. The Rams' dreams were shattered.
After that loss, the bus ride was quiet back to New City. The team reflected on the great year and knew they still could look forward to three more years of the game they love.