By Emma Cooper

Congratulations to the Manchester-Essex Varsity Baseball team and Coach BJ Weed for their historic win on Saturday!  

The team took the MIAA Division 4 State Final against Tahanto Regional of Boylston—the program’s first-ever state title.  The Hornets were victorious in the championship, ultimately securing a 5-2 lead over their opponents. 

The game, which took place at the neutral location of LeLacheur Park in Lowell, began with a stalemate.  Both teams put up one run each in the first inning, with senior captain Harry Painter running into home base after a successful middle-drive from senior captain Dylan Wilson and a wild pitch from the opposing Stags. 

Manchester-Essex added two more points to the board in the third inning when Will Janowicz and senior captain Luke Leavitt made it into home off of hits from Painter and Wilson.  Tahanto Regional rebounded and added another run for a score of 3-2 Manchester-Essex, but the Hornets were still able to maintain their lead. Clinching the lead for the Hornets, Leavitt hit a double, scoring Will Levendusky, followed by a double by Painter, scoring Leavitt.  It was a decisive inning that pushed the margin to 5-2. 

Closing out the game, Wilson took over and pitched two scoreless final innings after freshmen Kellan Heney and Vaughn O’Leary had successfully combined to pitch the first five innings.

Finishing the year, Manchester-Essex has a 20-5 overall season record while Tahanto Regional is 17-7 on the season. It was a game that won’t be forgotten, and it marked a joyful end to the seniors’ high school athletic careers.  Go Hornets!