BYFIELD — Ryan McCarthy expected his first season as Triton’s head baseball coach to be somewhat of a rollercoaster ride, and his young team has provided that very experience through the opening month.
The Vikings (5-5) dropped to .500 yesterday with an 11-10 loss to Lynnfield. The rollercoaster started as early as the opening week for Vikings, when they lost their first two games of the season. They responded by winning five of their next six. They are currently riding a two-game losing streak.
Nate Estabrook was 4 for 4 yesterday with three runs and two stolen bases. Nick Cornoni had three hits, two RBI and a run. Jack Germinara also had three hits, two RBI and a run, along with a stolen base. Dmitri Hunt, Jon Seward and Justin Cashman had two hits each.
McCarthy accepted the Triton position during the winter after spending 12 seasons as an assistant at Newburyport and Triton. Taking over a Triton squad that entered the season with three seniors, five juniors, five sophomores and one freshman, he set a goal for this season to earn the players’ trust.
“My thing come over here is that I knew we’d have a young, inexperienced team right away,” McCarthy said. “The biggest thing is I wanted the guys to buy in to what myself and the other coaches are doing. If I could get to do that early enough, I felt like we’d have success.”
On the heels of a 9-11 season last spring, Triton has had some success in the opening month. Two of the team’s five losses came against defending Division 3 state champion North Reading. The other three were one-run losses. As a team, the Vikings are hitting .321. They have 100 hits in 10 games, including 18 in yesterday’s loss.
“We’ve been in every game but one,” McCarthy said. “The big difference from the past is our hitting. I think that’s a big deal. One thing we’d like to shape up in the second half is our pitching and defense.”