BREWER – For Brewer Falcons head coach Shane Graham, the past week has been a whirlwind of baseball.
“We played, if you’re really looking at it, over a seven day period, probably 60 innings of baseball, probably.”
That includes more than 40 innings in the Zone 1 Legion baseball tournament alone. But as five-year team member Logan Rogerson has figured out, there’s a formula to plowing through that stretch.
“Get sleep while you can,” he said. “A lot of Ibuprofen. Just grind through it. That’s what baseball’s all about.”
Right now, Brewer baseball is all about winning. The team managed to go on a late-season run that would give it the No. 3 seed and a bye in the Zone 1 tournament, which it capitalized on in punching its ticket to the state tournament. With that set to get underway Wednesday at Husson University, there may not be a hotter team in the area than Brewer.
“We’ve really come together the last three, four games of the playoffs, that this is one of the funnest teams I’ve ever played on,” second baseman Alex Flagg said, one of Brewer’s hottest hitters in his own right. Flagg’s grand slam in the regular season against Hampden helped light a fire in the Brewer offense, which has carried over into the playoffs.
“When you see someone else hitting well, you always want to follow up,” Flagg said. “We always have a thing where we say ‘follow that up, follow that hit up. Score me.’ Something like that. And I think it gets everyone going.”
And the veteran Rogerson agrees, as long as the pitching is there as it has been, the clutch hitting will continue as well.
“Hitting’s just contagious. You see someone else get a hit, just pass the sticks once you get going, everyone gets going.”
Brewer will face Wells in its opening contest Wednesday night, with Zone 1 winner Bangor playing earlier in the day. As far as Graham is concerned, this is where this team belongs to be.
“[It’s] what we really needed, to have everybody there and everybody on the same page,” Graham said. “And that’s really a testament to this group, it’s a really hard working group.”