By Matt Williams
---- — The Pingree baseball team took the field for the first time in more than a week up at Governor’s Academy yesterday, and did so with heavy hearts.
The Highlanders were playing for the first time without one of their brothers, senior infielder Tim Chaloux, who was tragically killed in a car accident last weekend.
A North Reading resident, Chaloux is remembered as a smiling, charismatic kid. Pingree had his No. 24 written on their hats yesterday and will be getting special patches in his memory put on their jerseys.
The Govs won yesterday’s game, 6-1, and each of their players wore black wristbands with Chaloux’s number written on them. They gave them to the Pingree players after the game.
“It was tough for a lot of the guys, but it was also great to get back on the field and try return to a sense of normalcy,” said Pingree coach Chris Powers. “I’m proud of the way the guys competed.”
Governor’s jumped out to an early lead and Pingree held them at the bat the rest of the way.
Seniors Nick Antenucci and Erik Larsen each had hits for the Highlanders and senior Travis Jacques had the RBI.
“Those three are our captains and they’ve had terrific seasons so far and were very close to Tim,” said Powers. “It was great to see them perform well and says a lot about who those guys are and their character.”