NEWPORT–The home portion of a trying season came to a close for the Falcons on Tuesday.
Mount Mansfield came into North Country's ball yard and defeated the home team 15-3 on senior day.
The Cougars jumped out to leads of 1-0, 4-0, 9-0 and 13-0 before the Falcon offense got going in the fifth.
The Falcons plated three runs in the inning to cut the lead to ten, but Mount Mansfield added two more runs late to finalized the win.
Before the game got underway North Country honored their outgoing seniors, presenting them with flowers which in turn they gave to their parents as a sign of gratitude for all the sacrifices they have made for their children.
The realization that this would be the last time they would compete in front of the home town crowd really started to kick in for the players after the game concluded.
"My favorite moments came last season playing for the JV team when we staged comebacks against Burlington and Lyndon," said Nate Corrow. "It has been a great four years of baseball and I am going to miss it a lot."
Said Captain Nate Stewart, "A lot actually ran through my mind in that last at-bat. I was thinking about the first game, the first at-bat, just everything.
"I am glad I got to get these four years in here."
Tre Sanville spoke of baseball as well as he exploits in other areas.
"The coaches are great here at North Country. The work-out facilities are fantastic and I actually lost a lot of weight coming out here and playing.
"I wish I would have played (baseball) my sophomore and junior years, but injuries held me back, and as far as the team goes you could not ask for a better group of guys.
"And football was awesome this year, the best time of my life."
Jacob Barry addressed the joy of playing in front of your own fans.
"Home games are everything. The home crowd... everyone just there cheering for you."
After the dugout cleared and the fans went home, coach Brian Bonvechio talked fondly about the class of 2012.
"Tre Sanville is good kid who plays very, very hard, but unfortunately due to injuries I only had him for one year.
"Jon Boyer has so much talent and is such a good hitter.
"Nate Corrow is a great kid. He stayed back with JV's to catch when we did not have a catcher and he developed into a pretty good baseball player.
"Jacob Barry, last year we talked him into pitching for the JV team when he had never pitched before, and he turned to have a pretty good and pretty live arm."
That left one last player, Nate Stewart.
One could hear the emotion in Bonvechio's voice when he spoke of his captain. It was easy to detect the high level of respect and admiration he has for Stewart; the heart and soul of his ball club.
"If someone was to ask me, there has only been one kid that I have coached during my entire career that I have been closer to and that was my own son.
"We spent so much time together with he, Tom (Blake) and Cody over the years between high school baseball and Legion that you just get to know these boys like they are your own kids.
"You can't ask for a more dedicated baseball player than Nate. You can tell that by the players that know him. They come up to him and they have all the respect in the world.
"You can always replace baseball players, but you can't replace what Nate brings to this team."
Fans will have two more games to come out and see these five guys bring their careers at North Country to a close. Today if you like, you can make the trip to Essex or if Chittenden County is not you thing, head over to Swanton on Saturday to watch the boys face MVU at