BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – One has to go back to 2010 to find a losing season for Bellows Falls Terrier baseball. Bob Lockerby’s teams have won and won and won some more. In years prior to Lockerby’s tenure, Bis Bisbee’s teams did the same. In fact, the Terriers have had only five losing seasons in the past 27 years.
This spring, Bellows Falls had loads of holes to fill and Lockerby says, “Every day the hope is that the players learn something and get a little bit better. We hope to develop instincts to the game.”
Colton Baldasaro is one of the youngsters Coach Lockerby is hoping to build around, as the Terriers will lose several seniors to graduation, leaving the team with loads of inexperience.
Lockerby’s team competes in the Division II ranks. They are 2-6 and presently stand in tenth place, just ahead of the Springfield Cosmos, who defeated them 7-6 in an extra inning game earlier this season.
Bellows Falls does play a tough schedule, as a couple of defeats at the hands of Division I teams Brattleboro 9-0 and Mount Anthony 17-3 are high on their resume this spring. Both Bellows Falls victories were at the expense of Mill River 8-3 and 5-2, and Lockerby says Griffin Waryas had his first varsity start in the first game and “threw well,” and “Spencer Clark threw well in the second contest.”
Speaking of the Mill River contests, Lockerby mentioned, “Their team is in the same place we are, and we played well enough defensively to make sure we won these games.” Clayton Groenewold has far and away been the best Terrier hitter to date hitting .330.
The north appears to be stronger than the south in Vermont Division II baseball this spring with Lake Region and Lamoille leading the pack at 4-0 and 6-0 respectively with Fair Haven third at 7-2. The Terriers bowed to Fair Haven 14-1. Their other losses were to Hartford 8-5 and Windsor 7-0.
Lockerby’s team has four games in 11 days beginning Friday, May 11 when they travel to Fair Haven for a rematch. A Bellows Falls versus Leland and Gray contest is set for Townshend Saturday at 1 p.m. with Burr & Burton and Otter Valley slated to visit Hadley Field Monday, May 14 at 4:30 p.m. and Friday, May 18 under the lights at 7 p.m. Heads up to that game. Otter Valley is coached by former Terrier Mike Howe.