Orioles exact revenge for last year’s playoff defeat

Conant scores in top of 7th for 3-2 victory over Hopkinton

Conant baseball coach Brian Royal really wanted a win on Tuesday.

It was the Orioles’ first meeting with Hopkinton since losing a sixth inning lead in last year’s Division III semifinals. So picking up a 3-2 victory was important to not only Royal, but to the returning players.

“It’s definitely a huge win,” said Royal. “They came out ready to play. Maybe a little too focused.”

Senior Devin Springfield singled home the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh and freshman catcher CJ Bilodeau threw out the potential tying run trying to steal second to end the game, as the Orioles improved to 3-0.

“That was huge. It was a big play,” said Royal.

But things won’t get any easier with D-III runner-up Campbell coming to town on Friday for the home opener.

The Orioles went up 2-0 in the first on senior Johnny Ciarcia’s bases loaded walk and Ryan Carey’s RBI single. It stayed that way until the fifth when the Hawks tied the game off Springfield.

Springfield struck out seven and allowed just two hits, but got the no decision. Senior Eddie Clark picked up his second win in relief, giving up one hit over the final two innings.

The Orioles had just four hits, but only struck out twice.

“We just kept hitting it right at them,” said Royal.

Conant travels to Mascenic on Monday for a make-up game.

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