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Mainers Meet Their Match in Mountaineers

July 11, 2019 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - Sanford Mainers News Release

SANFORD - The Mainers could not get anything going today against a Mountaineers offense that fired on all cylinders and took an 8-1 loss.

The visitors cracked the scoreboard in the very first inning, manufacturing a run on a hard-hit single to left center field set up by a walk and sacrifice bunt. They doubled their advantage in their next turn at-bat on a base hit which followed two walks and tacked on one more in the third after three singles, putting the Moose behind early 3-0.

After going silent in the fourth inning, the Mountaineers continued to build their lead in the fifth. After a leadoff flyout, they got their next three batters on base with another three consecutive base knocks, scoring one more and putting runners on first and second. A double down the left-field line brought the pair across home plate, giving Vermont a 6-0 halfway through the game.

The Moose finally got their bats working in the sixth, getting their first two hitters on board with a Drew DeMartino (Pittsfield, Mass./Hartford) single and Shane Marshall (Webster, N.Y./Binghamton) walk. A hard Erik Stock (Virginia Beach, Va./UConn) groundball forced shortstop Austin Gauthier into a moment of indecision, allowing the batter to reach and the other two runners to advance 90 feet to load the bases.

Elliott Curtis (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada/Kentucky) made the Mountaineers pay for their defensive miscue, recording a sacrifice fly to deep left field, scoring DeMartino from third base and putting the Mainers on the board.

The next two innings saw Gerry Siracusa (Kinnelon, N.J./UMass Lowell) make quick work of the Mountaineer bats. Following a perfect sixth, Siracusa went right back to work in the seventh, retiring each batter he faced while mixing in a strikeout. Although he issued a free pass to open the eighth, he quickly recaptured his form with a runner on base. He recorded three straight outs from the stretch, holding his opposition in check.

Succeeding a brief scoring hiatus, Vermont got back into the run column in the ninth inning, putting up a two-spot and padding their numbers. Cam Climo kicked things off with a double into the left-field corner and headed to third on a wild pitch soon after. A sacrifice fly off the bat of Curtis Robison brought him home two batters later and emptied the basepaths for Connor Charping. A single and walk led to another RBI one-bagger, this time from Straton Podaras, to give the Mountaineers their final run and put the finishing touches on their 8-1 win.

The Mainers return to the diamond tomorrow, hitting the road to face the Keene Swamp Bats at Alumni Field. Starting at 6:30 PM, you can catch all the action on the NECBL Broadcast Network and 104.3 FM/1220 AM "The Legends" Back in Sanford with Ryan Zimmerman on the play-by-play call. In the meantime, head over to sanfordmainers.com and follow the team on social media to stay up to date on all things Mainers baseball.

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