ESSEX — Although his team only had five hits on Wednesday against Manchester Essex, Rockport head baseball coach John Parisi was quick to praise his team’s performance at the plate.
The Vikings may not have hit any towering blasts or had any big hits that changed the course of the game, but they were disciplined.
With Manchester Essex pitchers struggling with control, Vikings hitters did not try to be heroes; they simply took what was given to them. And in Wednesday’s case a walk was just as good as a hit as the Vikings were walked six times and hit by two pitches en route to a 9-1 win at Memorial Field.
The win moves Rockport to 2-2 on the year, the Hornets fall to 1-4.
“We had good plate appearances today,” said Rockport head coach John Parisi, whose Vikings were actually out-hit 7-5 in the lopsided contest. “We didn’t get a ton of hits but we were on base all game. When we did get hits, they came at opportune times. We played well, it was a good win.”
While Rockport was composed and disciplined during the win, Manchester Essex was plagued by some problems that keep popping up early in the season. The Hornets have put together strong pitching, fielding and hitting performances this season, but never in the same game.
On Wednesday the Hornets put some decent swings on the ball, scattering seven hits, but could not deliver a timely hit. Combine that with suspect defense and a tough time throwing strikes and the result is not the desired one.
“We just need to put a complete game together,” Hornets head coach Bob Garrett said. “Offensively we had some good at bats but we didn’t get the hits when we needed them. A hit here or there with men on base and we could have been looking at a different ball game. We are still trying to find our zone on the mound and (Rockport) got those key hits when they needed them.”