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Keene earns first baseball win against former ‘Beagle’ mates

Colton Venner, who worked with Westport coach Chris Markwica when Keene and Westport were a merged team on his pitching, threw a complete game against his former coach as the Beavers scored their first win of the season against the Eagles April 25.

Colton Venner, who worked with Westport coach Chris Markwica when Keene and Westport were a merged team on his pitching, threw a complete game against his former coach as the Beavers scored their first win of the season against the Eagles April 25. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— “The attitude is just great,” Hooper said. “They all make every practice and they work hard until the end each day. The first couple of games we took it on the chin, but they came back each time wanting to get better and to continue to battle.”

“We have a lot of people who have not played before,” sophomore Colton Venner, who pitched a complete game in the win, said. “We worked a lot of the fundamentals in the pre-season and the first game was just about getting into the flow of baseball and varsity. It wasn’t about the score. Everyone is giving their best effort all the time.”

“This year we are looking to learn, and everyone’s attitude has been great,” junior Brandon Dumas said. “Winning a game was nice, as well.”

While no members of the current Keene roster were members of the Beagles (Beavers and EAGLES), Westport seniors Gabe Schrauf and John Doyle along with junior Tyrell Tryon were. So were current Eagles coaches Don and Chris Markwica, a father-son duo who were the co-coaches representing Westport and Keene, respectively.

“I was not a member of the Beagles, but I remember watching them play together and working with coach (Chris) Markwica,” Venner said. “He helped me out a lot with pitching. It felt nice to see him again and to play as well as we did against them.”

The April 25 game was the only scheduled meeting between the two squads this season, as they are in different divisions of the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference.

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