MONTPELIER — An exceptional night at the plate and on the defensive end propelled the Mountaineers to a 7-3 victory over the Keene Swamp Bats on Tuesday in a marquee New England Collegiate Baseball League showdown at Recreation Field.
Vermont picked up its first win over the Swamp Bats this season, avenging a 5-0 loss last month and another defeat last week. Keene’s 8-3 victory at the start of this month ended Vermont’s franchise-tying nine-game winning streak.
Stellar defensive play by the Mountaineers prevented the Swamp Bats from gaining much offensive momentum in the opening stretch of the game, as Vermont scored a total of five runs in the second and third innings. The onslaught was kicked off by a slick Curtis Robison double to right field that brought Cam Climo home. Brian Goulard finished the job by driving in Robison.
The landslide resumed in the third inning as back-to-back mistakes doomed Keene’s defensive stand. Evan Giordano capitalized on a balk, getting home before Climo advanced to third and then home on consecutive wild pitches. Robison added a home run over the right-field fence, extending the lead to 5-0 before the Swamp Bats recorded the final out.
Robison maintained his offensive firepower in the fifth, hammering another one over the right field fence with Corey DiLoreto on base. The Swamp Bats rallied for a three-run sixth frame, first with a David Bedgood single to left field to drive in Andrew MacNeil. Bedgood was able to immediately score, as Will Wagner smashed a home run to cut into the Vermont lead. The Mountaineers defense held sturdy the rest of the way, coasting to the victory.
Enzo Stefanoni earned the win after a solid night on the mound, pitching just under six frames and allowing five hits and three runs while facing 23 Swamp Bats. Zach Messinger took the loss, giving up 10 hits and seven runs in over four innings. Nicholas DeGennaro earned the saves. He pitched the final three frames, allowing two hits while striking out five.
Vermont (14-12) will travel to play the Sanford Mainers at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.