BARRE — The Vergennes baseball team snapped Spaulding’s three-game winning streak with a 13-10 victory that came down to the wire Saturday.
Crimson Tide veterans Evan Parent and AJ Castellaneta hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning, igniting a late comeback attempt. But the Commodores settled down defensively in the seventh, avenging a 3-1 loss from earlier in the season. Vergennes improves to 10-4, while Spaulding falls to 6-5. The Crimson Tide will travel to play U-32 at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Lyndon 5, Randolph 4
RANDOLPH — Jack Steen drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly in Saturday’s seventh inning, guiding the Vikings past the Galloping Ghosts.
Dane Buckingham earned the victory on the mound, scattering three hits over seven innings. He registered 13 strikeouts and issued two walks. Ben Osha (home run), Adam Norton (double) and Wyatt Messier (single) recorded hits for Randolph. Zach Whitmore took the loss after recording six strikeouts, issuing six walks and allowing five hits.
“We had a play at second where we picked a guy off, and we dropped the ball and they ended up scoring two runs,” Randolph coach Gary Curley said. “But we had our chances. We had the bases loaded in the second inning and had a guy picked off at third. (James) Grandy finished up just because Zach ran out of pitches, and Lyndon scored that one run in the seventh. We’ve just been snake-bit by a couple things.”
Randolph built a 2-0 lead in the opening inning. Lyndon scored two runs in the top of the third before Randolph extended its lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the frame. The Vikings pulled ahead 4-3 in the top of the fifth inning, but the Ghosts knotted the score at 4 in the bottom of the fifth.
Following a scoreless sixth inning, Lyndon produced the deciding run in the seventh without recording a hit. Two Vikings reached base via walks before an error loaded the bases. Steen stepped up to the plate and made solid contact, sending the ball deep enough into center field to execute the sacrifice.
Lyndon (7-5) will host Oxbow at 4:30 p.m. Monday. Randolph (5-7) will host Williamstown the same day.
Thetford 12, U-32 8
EAST MONTPELIER — The Panthers (7-3) edged the Raiders to back up their reputation as a heavy-hitter in Division III.
Thetford defeated D-I Lyndon and defending D-II champ Lake Region before outlasting U-32. Carter Pelzel and Ryder Hoffman each pitched three innings for the Raiders. U-32’s Kolby Tanner (double, two RBIs), Eli Oliver (two hits) and Pelzel (double) made solid contributions from the batter’s box.
“They had five runs in the third inning and four in the fourth, and there wasn’t a whole lot of coming back from that unfortunately,” Said Raider coach Geoff Green. “We fell behind too many times, too many 1-0, 2-0 counts, pitched from behind, it ran up our pitchers pitch counts up and it forced us to go deep into our bullpen which is tough, but we just got to put it behind us and move on to the next one.”
The Raiders (6-3) will host Spaulding at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Rivendell 2, Green Mountain 1
ORFORD, N.H. — Raptors pitcher Ty Newman threw a one-hitter and Green Mountain (11-1) lost its first game of the season Saturday. The Raptors (7-3) took the lead with two runs in the fifth against Dylan McCarthy, who struck out 12 and gave up three hits.over six innings.