Mountaineers suffer 3rd straight loss

Mountaineers shortstop Jarficur Parker puts away an infield fly ball against the visiting Valley Blue Sox in Montpelier on Tuesday. (Josh Kuckens/Staff Photo)

MYSTIC, Conn. — The Vermont Mountaineers endured another late meltdown during Friday’s 6-5 loss against the Mystic Schooners in New England Collegiate Baseball League action. Conor Moriarty hit a two-out double to spark the come-from-behind effort in the ninth inning. Moriarty tied the game by scoring on a single from Sebastiano Santorelli, who scored the game-winning run a few minutes later on a walk-off single by Freddy Sabido. Vermont starting pitcher Brian Herrmann gave up five hits, issued one walk and registered seven strikeouts over five innings. He was relieved by Tyler Arella, who allowed three hits while issuing one walk and recording one strikeout over three-plus innings. Ricky Constant finished up on the mound for Vermont. Mystic starter Bret Clarke gave up six hits, recorded seven strikeouts and issued one walk over six innings. Reliever Thomas Girard gave up one hit, racked up seven strikeouts and issued one walk. Friday marked the second disappointing ending this week for Vermont, which held a late 5-1 lead Tuesday against the Valley Blue Sox before suffering a 6-5 loss in extra innings. Mystic built a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Santorelli belted a solo home run and teammate Brett Rodriguez scored on a passed ball. Vermont closed the gap to 2-1 in the top of the second inning, as Jarficur Parker crossed home plate on a double by Straton Podaras. The Schooners answered right back in the bottom of the frame, thanks to a single by Rodriguez that allowed Moriarty to score from second base. Vermont continued to chip away at the lead in the third inning, with a double by Brett Malm driving in Samuel Duran. The Mountaineers pulled ahead in the fourth inning for a 4-3 lead. Nolan Tressler scored an unearned run and then Chase Achuff added a double to drive in Bryce Kelley. Both teams scored one run in the sixth inning. Kelley hit a double to left field and an error by the Schooners allowed Podaras to score for a 5-3 advantage. Mystic trimmed the deficit to 5-4 in the bottom of the frame when Mic Wilson hit a home run. Even though the Schooners had their backs against the wall with two outs in the ninth, they found a way to bring the home crowd to its feet with Sabido’s walk-off single. Vermont (2-6) will host the Upper Valley Nighthawks at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Mystic (4-5) will host the Newport Gulls the same day at 6:05 p.m.   THURSDAY’S GAME Danbury 1, Vermont 0 DANBURY, Conn. — All it took was a single, a sacrifice bunt, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly to manufacture the only run Danbury needed to edge Vermont. It was a classic pitcher’s duel through the first four innings between Vermont starter Connor Lehman and Danbury pitcher Michael Cowell. Each starter traded outs, allowing only a handful of hits throughout the game. Danbury struck for the only run of the game in the fifth inning. Nico Popa led off the inning with a single. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Daniel Franchi. Following a passed ball, Popa scored on a sacrifice fly from Eddie McCabe. The Mountaineers threatened to pull even in the ninth inning. After Achuff and Samuel Duran both reached base on a walk, Ronald Medina attempted to lay down a sacrifice bunt. Pitcher Brian Rodriguez made a nice play, getting off the mound and throwing Achuff out at third. Brett Malm drew another walk to load the bases. Those runners never had a chance to cross home because Jar Parker grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game. The winning pitcher was Cowell, who went seven innings while giving up four hits and issuing one walk while striking out five. Rodriguez picked up the save after pitching the last two innings and striking out three. Lehman took the loss for the Mountaineers. He gave up one run on five hits while striking out five over six innings.

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