HERMON – Extra bases have become second nature for the Hermon baseball team this season. The Hawks have stolen over eighty bases in their thirteen games this season, and they got caught stealing for the first time Monday night against Brewer.
“I was hoping when it bounced that the second basemen bobbled it but when it came across I knew I was probably out,” said junior Nate Allain.
That was Hermon’s 89th attempt at a stolen base this season, and the first time they have gotten caught.
88 stolen bases adds up. The Hawks are undefeated this season and scored more than seven runs in nine of their thirteen games this year.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had a team with this sort of speed or things like that…we’ve had a team that’s been aggressive on the base paths and they’ve done a real good job reading pitchers and it’s been a lot of fun to coach,” said head coach Matt Kinney.
Senior Keith Pomeroy is responsible for 16 of those steals and he knows exactly what to look for when he gets on base, “when [the pitcher] picks his knee up if he’s a righty, if he’s a lefty, his first move; different with every guy though.”
The extra runners on base can serve as extra motivation for batters stepping in to the batter’s box with an opportunity for an RBI, “one through nine’s pretty good at hitting, so with runners with scoring position, two outs, one out whatever, we’ve got a pretty good chance,” said Pomeroy.
The undefeated Hawks cannot rely on their speed alone to stay atop Class B north, they have to go through Ellsworth, then Old Town in the final regular season games.
“It’s almost like a playoff type run, these are all playoff teams, they’re all really good squads that are coached well, so for us I think it’s a nice opportunity to get ready for the playoffs,” said Kinney.
Senior Garrett Trask says the team has come to expect their opponents best efforts when they enter games with an undefeated record, “all these teams want to beat us, they’re going to give it their all to do what they can do and we just have to compete and hopefully come out on top.”