Connecticut 8, Vermont 6
TIGERS STORM BACK FROM FIVE DOWN TO WIN AT VERMONT, 8-6
Hoffman two-run single in ninth helps Connecticut end skid
BURLINGTON, VT- Teddy Hoffman lined a two-out base hit into center field to score the go-ahead and insurance runs in the ninth inning as the Tigers stunned a big crowd in Burlington, Vermont Saturday night with an 8-6 victory at Centennial Field.
Trailing 5-0 into the fifth, Connecticut began to chip away with hits from Andres Sthormes, Will Savage, and Dylan Rosa. Coupled with a fielders choice and one of six Vermont errors, the Tigers got within two at 5-3.
After Vermont added a run in the bottom of the fifth to make it 6-3, Connecticut inched closer in the eighth after Reynaldo Rivera reached on a error, Hoffman walked, and Sthormes grounded out to bring home Rivera. Savage then reached on yet another miscue by the Lake Monsters, scoring Hoffman to cut the deficit to 6-5 heading to the ninth.
In the ninth, Luke Burch and pinch hitter Jordan Pearce produced one-out singles. Another Vermont error brought home Burch with the tying run, and after a Cam Warner walk loaded the bases with two outs, Hoffman delivered his biggest hit of the year, a line drive into center field to bring home pinch runner Ro Coleman and Colby Bortles.
Drew Carlton (1-0) threw two scoreless frames to pick up hist first win as a Tiger, while Brandon Kelliher (2-2) took the loss for Vermont, which now leads Connecticut by four games in the Stedler Division standings heading into game two of the series Sunday afternoon at 5:05 at Centennial Field.
You can hear the contest on 1310 WICH and online at www.cttigers.com
• Discuss this story on the New York-Penn League message board...
New York-Penn League Stories from August 19, 2017
- Pitchers, Key Hits Lead 'Cats Past Brooklyn in Series Opener - Tri-City ValleyCats
- Connecticut 8, Vermont 6 - Connecticut Tigers
- Black Bears Lose Tight Game 2-1 - West Virginia Black Bears
- Renegades Make Fast Work of IronBirds - Hudson Valley Renegades
- Spikes Win 5-2 in 15 Innings - West Virginia Black Bears
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.
Other Recent Connecticut Tigers Stories
- Brooklyn Shuts out Norwich Navigators on Throwback Thursday, 6-0
- CT Tigers Play as Norwich Navigators to Open Three-Game Homestand
- CT Tigers Add OF Ulrich Bojarski
- De La Cruz Goes Deep as CT Tigers Suffer Sweep
- Lake Monsters Walk off CT Tigers Twice in One Night