Wednesday, July 9th
MONTPELIER, VT -- The Vermont Mountaineers defeated the Torrington Twisters 5-2 on Wednesday at Recreation Field in Montpelier.
Vermont took advantage of nine walks from Torrington pitching, while getting key hits to take a second inning lead and never let go.
Josh Syberg went five and a third innings for the Mountaineers, giving up just two runs to earn the victory, his second of the season. Vermont fell behind 1-0 when Corey Shimada led off the game with a solo home run to deep right center field. Syberg rebounded though, at one point retiring eleven straight Twisters hitters.
The Mountaineers took the lead in the third inning. With runners on second and third and one out, Ethan Paquette singled to right field to score Nick Harris, tying the game at one apiece. The next batter was Jonathan Roof, who laced a base hit to plate Kevin Nieto and give Vermont a 2-1 lead. Following a Nick Panzarella walk, Steven Felix walked to make it 3-1.
Vermont added a fourth run on a RBI groundout by Roof in the fourth and another tally in the eighth as Harris scored on a wild pitch.
Vermont got three and two third innings of scoreless relief pitching from AJ Balsinde, Logan Billbrough, and Dusty Odenbach. With runners on the corners in the sixth, Balsinde picked off Brian Baudinet to induce a 1-3-5-6 double play and give Vermont Momentum. Billbrough struck out the side in the eighth, and Odenbach earned his fifth save of the season in the ninth.
Nick Harris reached base in all four of his plate appearances for the Mountaineers.
The Vermont Mountaineers will travel to North Adams, Massachusetts on Thursday to take on the Steeplecats.
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