By Henry Bushey, Contributor and Edd Merritt, Contributor
Henry Bushey, Contributor
As the air becomes cooler and the leaves begin to fall, so too the Major League Baseball season comes to an end. For the Red Sox who are, at the moment, 89-69 (20 games over the .500 mark), this season was a huge turnaround from the 2020 campaign, in which the Sox were only 24-36.
This season has seen somewhat of a resurgence from stars such as left-fielder/designated hitter JD Martinez who, while he still may not be back to his previous numbers, has made huge improvements since 2020.
The season has also seen the return of Rafael Devers to his 2019 form, when he hit 32 home runs, with 52 doubles, and 115 RBIs. While he may not reach those RBI and doubles marks, he has already surpassed the home run mark, with 35 on the year. He also earned his first career All-Star nod, in which he started for the American League, next to superstar shortstop and teammate Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts has been excellent this year as well, clubbing 23 long balls with 79 RBIs, along with a .296 batting average.
Hunter Renfroe and Nathan Eovaldi are also huge pieces in the Sox’s success this season, with both players turning out career years. Renfroe has been an effective defender in right field, batting at a .262 clip. He has 30 home runs, and 93 RBIs as the cherry on top. Eovaldi has been the steadiest starting pitcher Boston has had all year. Yes, he did give up seven quick runs against the Yankees in that crucial series, but that’s just a blip on the record. His ERA stands at a respectable 3.75, which is inflated by that Yankees start. Chris Sale is also back and contributing at the big-league level. All in all, the Red Sox look improved and ready, both for a potential playoff spot this year, and for next season.
This is the first of a series of monthly articles by CVU student Henry Bushey. Henry has an interest in journalism, particularly in sports writing, and will be picking his topic month by month. He lives in Charlotte.
Football, men’s soccer, field hockey and women’s volleyball gained wins last week
Edd Merritt, Contributor
Max Desito completed 12 of 18 passes for 300 yards and four touchdowns as CVU toppled BFA-St. Albans 35–7 last Friday. Jack Summer, with eight carries and two catches, also scored a pair of touchdowns. According to Coach Rahn Fleming, CVU’s speed overwhelmed BFA. The win gave the Redhawks a 4–1 season record so far this year, their only loss a 35–23 defeat at the hands of St. Johnsbury.
CVU’s Sam Dennison scored the lone goal as the men’s soccer team blanked Colchester 1–0. Despite the low score, CVU dominated play. Goalie Alden Jaremczuk was called upon for four saves compared to 18 by the Colchester tender.
It took a late-tying goal by Sydney Mast and an overtime goal with only two minutes remaining by Tess Everett for the Redhawk field hockey team to knock off Rice, 2–1.
Women’s volleyball also defeated BFA in a match win of 3–0. Redhawks won the closest set 25–23.
Earlier in the week, the women’s golf team traveled to Alburgh Country Club, where they took second place to Essex. CVU’s Ryan Sleeper shot a 49, four strokes behind Essex medalist, Ashley Stempek. CVU placed ahead of five other schools.
Williston Country Club was the course for the Northern Vermont Men’s golf championships. CVU men placed first as a team, and Bryce Bortnick’s 73 for 18 holes made him the medalist. Kaiden McClure tied for 14th with an 86.