MONTPELIER — The Mountaineers could not put a halt to Danbury’s hot start to the season, suffering a 3-2 loss Sunday in New England Collegiate Baseball League action.
A few challenges on the mound endangered Danbury’s chances as the Westerners circulated through six pitchers. Luckily for the visitors, sharp defense kept the Mountaineers at bay.
The Westerners wasted no time getting on the board, grabbing a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after Justin Jordan scored on a stolen base. Vermont answered in the second, as J.R. DiSarcina drove in Kevin Brenning with a hit to right field.
Danbury pulled ahead 3-1 in the fourth inning when Vinny Bailey reached base and Cameron Cerruto crushed a two-run homer over the left-field fence. The Mountaineers attempted to take advantage of three pitching changes by Danbury in the fourth and fifth innings. The visitors narrowly escaped each time as Vermont flirted with loaded bases on three different occasions.
Another scoring opportunity in the sixth inning finally produced a run for Vermont after Brian Goulard made his way to third after an error by Christian Allegretti. Austin Gauthier cut the deficit to 3-2 with a hit to right field, driving in Goulard.
The Mountaineers nearly tied things up again in the seventh inning with the bases loaded and two outs. However, DiSarcina could not make it to second base in enough time to allow Corey DiLoreto the chance to score.
And it was all Westerners defense from there. Danbury (4-0) prevented Vermont from gaining any offensive momentum in the final two innings, with Brian Rodriguez earning the save.
Ryan Murphy took the loss for the Mountaineers. He allowed one hit during two innings while striking out four. Murphy gave up six hits and three runs in his pitching debut. Allegretti earned the victory for Danbury, giving up one run and one hit. He entered the game during the fifth inning before being taken out after the sixth. Vermont (1-1) will host the Sanford Mainers at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.