Mountaineers top Laconia, 7-1
The Vermont Mountaineers hit their first two home runs of the season and beat the Laconia Muskrats for the second time this season, 7-1, Wednesday night in New England Collegiate Baseball League action.
Mike Krische and Trey Amburgey both crushed home runs to left field as the Mountaineers scored their highest total of runs on the season.
Six different Mountaineers picked up runs and all but two members of the Vermont lineup picked up a hit as the offense continued its recent tear over this three-game winning streak, featuring wins against rival Keene and Sanford.
Two newcomers, who arrived just a couple days ago, combined for eight scoreless innings. Alabama-Huntsville transfer Daniel Koger threw five scoreless innings while allowing seven hits and striking out two to pick up the win while future collegiate teammate Dalton Goss added three two-hit innings.
Koger worked out of several jams throughout the game, including leaving the bases full of Muskrats in the fifth. He gave up a pair of singles, including slipping when he came off the mound as he attempted to field a ground ball and loaded the bases with just one out. However, he got the next two batters to pop out and ground out to work out of the jam.
His replacement, Goss, retired the first six batters he faced in order before running into similar trouble after putting runners on first and third. However, newcomer Josh Treff threw out Nick Masonia from behind the plate and Goss got the next two in order to escape the jam.
Vermont’s offense was quieted by Laconia starter Shea Spitzbarth through the first three innings as they managed just one hit before striking for three in the fourth. Blake Tiberi continued to hit the ball well as he led off with a double and came around on a RBI single from Essex High School alum Adam Picard.
Then, with two outs, Krische got a hold of a 1-0 fastball and crushed it to left field over the Muskrat Monster for a two-run home run. The Muskrat Monster stands at 17 feet tall, a tribute to the iconic Green Monster at Fenway Park.
Spitzbarth stayed in until he walked consecutive Mountaineers in the seventh inning. He struck out eight and walked three while allowing just three hits. He gave way to reliever Adam Frank, who was met with a rude greeting in the ninth inning.
After retiring the first two batters on flyouts, he let six Mountaineers reach base in order. Krische doubled and then came home on a RBI double from Bret Charbonneau. Charbonneau and Treff, who reached on a walk, came home on Amburgey’s blast.
Amburgey, a pinch hitter in the seventh, crushed a pitch into deep left field for a no-doubt, three-run home run that pushed the Vermont lead to seven.
Laconia fought back in the bottom of the ninth against Mountaineer reliever Nick Kevlin, who recorded just one out as he struggled with his control. Kevlin walked the bases loaded after giving up a leadoff single, a situation similar to his first appearance against Sanford.
Manager Joe Brown went to his bullpen and Jared Gesell got two quick outs- but a run came across on a foul out down the left field line to spoil the shutout.
The Mountaineers improve to 5-4, moving above .500 for the first time since June 9. They’ll host the Muskrats on Friday as they try to win their fourth straight.
Vermont sends Ryan Davis to the mound as he tries to bounce back from a shaky start against Laconia where he allowed 11 hits and six earned runs over just 5 2/3 innings.
He’s 1-1 on the season with a 4.62 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 11.2 innings pitched.
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