MONTPELIER — A dominant fourth inning sealed the deal for the Vermont Mountaineers on Tuesday, sparking a 10-3 victory over the Sanford Mainers in New England Collegiate Baseball League action at Recreation Field.
Vermont scored a total of eight unanswered runs during the fourth and fifth innings to doom Sanford’s chances. The Mountaineers utilized timely hits and recorded their first home run of the season to prevail.
The Mainers struck first as Reece Armitage hammered a pitch past the left-field fence to put Sanford up 1-0 in the second inning. Vermont evened things up in the bottom of the frame after a wild pitch by Luke Dziados sailed past Ryan Turenne’s head and allowed Matt McDermott to score.
The Mountaineers offense erupted in the fourth inning when J.R. DiSarcina hit a single to left field that drove in McDermott. The bases quickly filled with DiSarcina, Brian Goulard and Aaron Simpson all advancing on singles before Austin Gauthier smashed a pitch over the center field fence to clear the bases with a triple. Gauthier scored on a Corey DiLoreto sacrifice fly to put Vermont ahead 6-1.
The Mountaineer onslaught resumed in the fifth, with McDermott scoring his third run of the game off another DiSarcina single. Goulard followed with a two-run homer that soared over the right-field fence, giving Vermont a 9-1 lead.
The Mainers attempted to mount a comeback in the sixth inning, scoring their second run of the game after Drew DeMartino scored on a Ryan Turenne sacrifice fly. Gauthier swiftly shut down Sanford’s hopes, however, adding an insurance run in the seventh to push the Mountaineers lead to 10-2.
The visitors refused to go away, with Turenne belting a home run in the eighth inning. But it was too little, too late for the Mainers as Vermont finished the job in the ninth.
Tyler Thorington picked up the win for the Mountaineers, giving up three hits and one run while striking out seven. Dziados took the loss, allowing eight hits and six runs over three-plus innings.
Vermont (2-1) will host the Upper Valley Nighthawks at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Mountaineers earned a 7-1 victory over their in-state rival during Friday’s season opener.