With the warm weather starting to set in the area this week, that’s got us motivated for the spring season.
For many baseball players, their 2022 journey began Monday with pitchers and catchers cleared to begin training across the state.
There are plenty of teams in Rutland County, and outside in Green Mountain and Springfield, who are excited to jump in.
Here is a sample of intriguing games that caught my eye when I looked at the baseball schedules for this season.
CVU at Rutland, 4/30
There’s no better way to test yourself than against the best of the best.
CVU has been the backbone of Division I baseball for the past few seasons, as the winner of two consecutive state titles.
This will be a good early season challenge for Rutland. The Raiders have strong talent coming back from last year’s club and while they won’t leave Giorgetti with a win, competition against the Redhawks only helps them in the long run.
Bratt at Rutland, 5/19
Brattleboro is consistently among the best teams the state has to offer.
During last year’s visit to Giorgetti Field, the Colonels had success with Rutland, so I’m sure the Raiders would like to reverse that narrative this time around.
Fair Haven at OV, 4/26
These two clubs are always competitive, regardless of personnel, and are great rivals as two Rutland County Division II sides.
I think pitching could be really fun to watch in this one. I don’t know if it’ll work out that way, given who’s pitching the games right before that, but it would be a lot of fun if Otter Valley pitched their ace Fraser Pierpont against new Fair Haven pitcher Ethan Kelley.
The two were opposed at the American Legion Ball last summer and shone.
BBA to VO, 4/14
Sticking with the Otters, I like that they test themselves from the start with Division I Burr and Burton Academy.
The Bulldogs are not several years away from a DI championship and are consistently among the top teams in the state.
It will only help Mike Howe’s OV club get a good idea of themselves. The Otters started with a Division I opponent last year as well, against Rutland, and won that game. Can they do the same this year against a DI club?
Supervisor at MSJ, 5/3
These two clubs were in the middle of the pack in Division IV last year and faced each other in the state quarter-finals, a game Proctor won on home soil.
I’m sure the Mounties will want revenge and this early season contest is their first chance to do so.
There are key difference makers in this playoff game that are gone, but many are coming back, so I think both clubs should be competitive this year.
WRV at Green Mt., 5/3
White River Valley has yet to lose a baseball game since becoming a school a few years ago. Will this be the year it finally happens?
Needless to say, this could be a tough game for Green Mountain. The Chieftains are no strangers to games like this, given their tendency to schedule elite opponents.
Green Mountain lost key contributors from last year, but guys like Reid Hryckiewicz should make them very competitive.
MRU at Poultney, 5/26
This match opposes two young teams with new coaches.
By this point in the season, both should have grown tremendously and bought into what new Mill River coach Neil Whitney and new Poultney coach Brian DeBonis are trying to do.
BF at Springfield, 5/14
This is a rivalry game, so emotions are bound to be high.
Bellows Falls has had a great year in men’s sports and I expect baseball season to be no different.
This offers a nice end-of-season challenge to Springfield, a team that fires many full-fledged contributors.
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