MONTPELIER – New Bedford Bay Sox tie the game in the ninth inning Friday, but Vermont Mountaineers catcher Ciaran Devenney delivered a two-out walk-off single to left-center field to give his team a 6-5 victory in New England Collegiate Baseball League action.
Left fielder Cam Climo started the 10th inning at second base before advancing to third on a ground out. Devenney drove a ball into the outfield for the winning run.
Vermont’s right-handed pitcher, Alec Huertas, had a stellar three-up, three-down performance through three innings before things got rocky. It started with a base hit from New Bedford’s Sam Henrie, who scored his team's first run in the top of the fourth.Tommy Seidl and Jack Winkler added to the Bay Sox lead in the fifth, giving the visitors a 3-0 advantage. However, Vermont responded with four runs in the bottom of the sixth.
The bats started to come alive in the sixth for the Mountaineers when sophomore Austin Gauthier singled to get on base just before junior Matt McDermott executed a solid bunt to the third base side. Gauthier advanced on a stolen base and scored the first run for Vermont on a sacrifice fly by Evan Giordano. McDermott moved up a base on a single by Climo before the bases were loaded on a walk. Another sacrifice fly to right field this time brought McDermott in before Devenney singled in a pair of runs to give the Mountaineers a 4-3 lead.
Vermont tacked on one more in the seventh after a one-out double by McDermott, who scored on a Climo double to make it 5-3.
The Bay Sox tied the game in the ninth with one out. They loaded the bases twice, and a single by Rafe Chaumette drove Winkler and Henrie. Vermont right-hander Beau Keathley struck out the final two batters to leave the bases load heading into extra innings.
Huertas faced 25 Bay Sox batters and recorded five strikeouts through six full innings. Andrew Mundy pitched two innings of relief, allowing three hits and no runs while striking out two batters. Although Keathley gave up two earned runs, he finished the game with six strikeouts and earned the win. Matthew Stansky took the loss after giving up three hits and four runs.
Vermont (16-13) will host the Newport Gulls at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.