SANFORD, Maine – The Vermont Mountaineers recorded a double-digit scoring total for the third straight game, collecting a 12-1 victory over the Sanford Mainers on Monday.
Vermont also registered double-digit hits for the third game in a row to prevail at Goodall Park in New England Collegiate Baseball League action. The Mountaineers punished Sanford with 14 hits and have 46 hits in the last three contests.
The Mountaineers wasted no time getting on the board as the Mainers gave up hits to Austin Gauthier and Curtis Robison before a Corey DiLoreto at-bat with one out allowed Gauthier to score. The visitors pounced again in the third inning to add another run. This time a Gauthier at-bat gave Kevin Brenning enough time to sprint home.
Vermont’s offense exploded in the following frame as DiLoreto, Brian Goulard, J.R. DiSarcina, Sean Flaherty and Evan Giordano scored. All nine Mountaineers in the batting order stepped up to the plate that inning, with the first five reaching base. DiLoreto added another run in the fifth inning after Flaherty drove him in with a single.
Sanford could not make up any ground as an exceptional pitching night from Christian Scafidi left little opportunity for the Mainers to muster any offense. Vermont added insurance with a four-run sixth inning. Dondrae Bremner scored when Flaherty was issued a walk with the bases loaded. A wild pitch allowed DiLoreto to score before Brenning drilled one that clanged off the right-field fence and gave both DiSarcina and Flaherty enough time to score.
The Mainers tallied their lone run in the final inning after Brandon Lankford scored on a wild pitch. But the Mountaineers’ lead was insurmountable as the visitors easily closed out victory.
Scafidi earned his second win of the season after allowing four hits in five innings of play, striking out eight. Trevor LaBonte took the loss for the Mainers, giving up seven runs on seven hits in three-plus innings.
Vermont (6-7) will host the Valley Blue Sox at 6:30 p.m. today. The Blue Sox are two-time defending champs. Both teams will celebrate the league’s 25th anniversary at the game.