Mountaineers Score Five in the Sixth, Romp Blue Sox 10-2
MONTPELIER, Vt.- The Vermont Mountaineers won their sixth straight home game on Friday night at Recreation Field, as they topped the Valley Blue Sox 10-2 in New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) action.
Mikael Mogues (New York, N.Y./Seton Hall) came up big for Vermont with three RBIs after he knocked a double in the second and a single in the sixth.
Vermont scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on three hits and an error. Keegan Meyn (Oklahoma City, Okla./Arkansas Little Rock), who scored three times in the game, got Vermont started offensively in the inning with a solo homer. Mogues knocked a two-run single later in the inning, driving in Trevor Ezell (Alexander, Ark./Southeast Missouri) and Jeremy Giles (Claremont, Calif./Stony Brook). Joe Tietjen (Waxhaw, N.C./UNC Asheville) then came around to score on a wild pitch, and Mogues came across thanks to an error by Valley's catcher.
The Mountaineers got an excellent start from TJ Santiago (Linden, N.J./Adelphi), who went five innings, allowing one run on just four hits. The righty walked one and struck out five.
The Blue Sox started Trent Astle (Cincinnati, Ohio/Xavier), who pitched four and two thirds innings, and gave up three runs (one earned) on three hits, while striking out two and walking three. The Valley bullpen combined to allow seven runs on eight hits.
The Mountaineers tacked on a run in the first thanks to Mogues' RBI double, and another in the second when catcher Slade Heggen (Missoula, Mo./Oregon) reached on a two-base error that allowed Meyn to score.
Mike Osinski (Vestal, N.Y./Longwood) drove in Vermont's third run of the game in the fifth inning when he knocked an RBI single, scoring Jeremy Giles from third. Giles had previously reached on a single, and advanced on an error by the Blue Sox's left fielder.
The Mountaineers got insurance runs in the seventh and eighth inning to seal the deal on the win. Slade Heggen ripped an RBI triple in the seventh, driving in Meyn. Troy Scocca (Syosset, N.Y./Fairfield) had an RBI single in the eighth.
Santiago allowed just one hit through his first four innings of work, but it happened to be a home run off the bat of Blue Sox center fielder Brodie Leftridge (Highland, Md./Tennessee).
Valley's offense went quiet until the eighth inning, when Derek Bauer (Millis, Mass./Southern New Hampshire) knocked an RBI single, driving in Kyle Motice (Canal Fulton, Ohio/U of Cincinnati). That was all the Blue Sox could muster offensively, though, as they had seven hits but couldn't capitalize.
Both starters got their team's respective decisions, with Santiago getting the win for the Mountaineers, and Astle suffering the loss for Valley.
The Mountaineers improve to 8-14. Vermont will be in action again on Saturday night when they'll host the Winnipesaukee Muskrats in the second game of a five-game home stand. The game can be heard locally on CBS Sports 1240 AM WSKI or online though The NECBL Broadcast Network.
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