Spartans Topple Bard, 14-4

Spartans Topple Bard, 14-4

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – The Castleton baseball team used a strong start to propel its way to a convincing 14-4 victory over Bard on Saturday afternoon in non-conference action at Honey Field.

With the win, Castleton improves to 5-6 on the season. Bard falls to 4-7 overall after the loss.

Eight different batters recorded at least one hit as the Spartans racked up multiple runs in five different frames. Pat Mumford reached base four times and finished 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Dillon Benham went 2-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored, while Mitchell Caron extended his hitting streak to five straight games and finished 2-for-4 with two walks and two RBI.

Castleton set the tone early with four runs in the top of the first. Benham sent a full-count pitch to the wall in right field for an RBI triple, scoring Deagan Poland from second to push the game's first run across. Davis Mikell brought Benham home one batter later, before Mikell and Jonathan Lindau both crossed the plate on a defensive miscue to give the Spartans a 4-0 lead.

The Spartans continued their pressure with two more runs in the second and fourth innings to double their advantage. Mikell sliced a two-run single through the right side in the second frame, before a Raptor error brought home two more runs in the fourth to stretch the Spartans' lead to 8-0.

Charles Stapleford did not allow a hit over the first 4.2 innings until Bard cut the lead in half with a four-spot in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs and runners on second on third, Matt Lasky and Lee Perry collected back-to-back RBI singles before coming around to score on an RBI triple by Nikolai Grumet to slim the margin down to 8-4.  

Castleton responded with two runs in the top of the sixth off the bat of Caron, who roped an opposite-field double into the right-center gap to score Matt Braman and Mikell and extend the lead to six at 10-4.

Benham drove in two more runs in the eighth on a line drive single up the middle that deflected off the glove of a diving second baseman. Braman later worked a bases-loaded walk to pick up an RBI, before Alex Borsari capped the scoring with an RBI single up the middle in the ninth to give the Spartans a 14-4 lead, which proved to be the final score.

Stapleford struck out eight while allowing four earned runs on three hits over six innings to improve to 2-0 on the season. Aaron Smith did not allow a base runner in two perfect innings of relief, before Joe Gratton closed it out with a scoreless ninth.

Castleton is scheduled to return to action on Wednesday at 4 p.m. for a non-conference tilt at Skidmore.