Thetford Academy Baseball Earns Spot in Div. III State Finals
June 16, 2021
TA’s varsity baseball team had a banner season that took them all the way to the State finals. The top-seeded Panthers headed to Centennial Field on Sunday, June 13, with hopes of bringing home a championship banner for the first time in 35 years. With a 13-4 season record, the Panthers were in a strong position to take on competitor People’s Academy (13-3-1). Three senior players, Logan Brinkman, Jacob Gilman, and Jackson Kingsbury, were playing their last game for TA.
The Panthers started strong, scoring a run at the bottom of the first inning and with the pitcher, junior Ethan Marshia, ensuring that People’s Academy never made it around the bases. At the top of the 5th, a TA error gave the Wolves an opening and they followed up with two back-to-back doubles to take the lead 4-1. Despite three perfect innings from relief pitcher Mack Briglin, who took over for Marshia in the 5th, the Panthers were unable to turn it around.
A tough loss for TA, but as Coach Chaput shared with the Valley News, “A run to the state championship game does great things for us confidence-wise and everything that we’ve done. Those (younger) kids have that experience coming up into next year being like, ‘I’ve played in the most pressure-packed spot. I know what it’s like. I know what it can do. So I’m going to be able to prepare myself for that.’ So I feel confident that we’ll be OK.”
All in all, an outstanding season for the Panthers and a well-earned run to the finals and Centennial Field. Read more in the Valley News: https://www.vnews.com/Thetford-Baseball-State-Title-Game-40914573