Vermont Drops Fourth Straight
DANBURY, Conn.- It was a big offensive evening in Danbury on Wednesday night, as the Westerners topped the Vermont Mountaineers 8-2 in New England Collegiate Baseball League action.
The Westerners scored runs in each of the first three innings to take the lead, and they never gave it back. A big RBI-double by Danbury right fielder Giovanni Dingcong (Brooklyn, N.Y./St Thomas Aquinas Col) that scored left fielder Ryan Nelson (Hamden, Conn./Quinnipiac) got them on the board in the first.
The Westerners tacked on three more in the bottom of the second thanks in part to a two-run homer by Frank Maldonado (Short Hills,N.J./U of Pittsburgh). An RBI-double by Sebastiano Santorelli (Tuckahoe, N.Y./Seton Hall) plated Eddie Silva (Miramar, Fla./Florida International U) earlier in the inning.
Silva knocked an RBI-single himself in the bottom of the fourth, that scored Shawn Blake (Stratford, Conn./Elon) to make it 5-0.
The Mountaineers didn't register a hit in the game until the top of the fifth inning when Troy Scocca (Syosset, N.Y./Fairfield) singled to break up Danbury starter Will Jahn's (South Salem, N.Y./Northeastern) bid.
Jahn got the win, and went seven full innings, allowing just one earned run on two hits, while striking out five and walking just one batter. Vermont starter Joey Benitez suffered the loss, and (Crofton, Md./Old Dominion) was rouged up through his four innings of work, allowing five runs (two of them earned) on seven hits. The righty struck out two and walked two.
Vermont got a run in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively. Center fielder JT Pittman led the seventh off with a walk, and Mikael Mogues (New York, N.Y./Seton Hall) reached on a fielder's choice. That set up Ryan Fineman (Bloomington, Ind./Indiana) to drive in Pittman on an RBI-groundout.
The Mountaineers got another run in the eighth when Keegan Meyn (Oklahoma City, Okla./Arkansas Little Rock) reached on an error, and scored thanks to an error by the Danbury catcher, which was forced by in by Daniel Little's (Nicholasville, Ky./Louisville) but single. That was all Vermont could muster offensively, as they went down quietly in the ninth.
The Mountaineers fall to 1-5 on the season. They travel to Mystic, Connecticut tomorrow, to take on the Schooners. First pitch is set for 6:05 PM. Culver Lamb (Virginia Beach, Va./Old Dominion) will be on the mound for Vermont. The game can be heard locally on CBS Sports 1240 WSKI, or online.
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