Baseball Runs Winning Streak to Six with Sweep at Thomas

Baseball Runs Winning Streak to Six with Sweep at Thomas

WATERVILLE, Maine – After completing a halted game from Friday night, the Castleton baseball team came away with three victories on Saturday to secure the season sweep over Thomas in North Atlantic Conference action at H. Allen Ryan Field.

With the wins, Castleton pushed its winning streak to six straight games while improving to 16-9 overall and 10-2 in conference play. Thomas fell to 3-21 on the season and 1-9 in the NAC after the losses.

The Spartans have now won 10 of their last 11 games and will carry momentum into a home doubleheader on Tuesday versus Lyndon State at 2 p.m. 

Castleton 13, Thomas 3

Castleton jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Deagan Poland led off with a walk and Davis Mikell followed with a double down the right field line, before both runners came across the plate on sacrifice flies by Jonathan Lindau and Dillon Benham.

Thomas took advantage of a defensive miscue in the bottom of the second to load the bases with nobody out. Castleton starting pitcher Zac Harrington induced a double play to help his cause, but not before the Terriers tied the game at 2-2.

The Spartans responded with five runs over the next two frames to open a comfortable lead. Poland, Lindau, and Benham each knocked a base hit and stole second before coming around to score on RBI singles in the third. Dylan Bailey capped the inning with an RBI single of his own to left field as the Spartans took a 5-2 lead.

The game was suspended in the fifth inning on Friday night with Castleton in front 7-2, and the Spartan bats came alive when the contest resumed Saturday morning with four runs on three hits in the fifth. Andrew Graciano, Poland, and Mikell each registered RBI singles in the frame as the visitors opened a commanding 11-2 advantage. 

Alex Borsari picked up an RBI single in the sixth and Benham drilled a solo home run in the seventh as the Spartans scored in each of the last three innings once the game resumed en route to the 13-3 victory.

Harrington started on the mound and earned the win, allowing two unearned runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts over four innings. Sam Sylvain pitched three innings of relief and yielded one run on one hit with three walks and two strikeouts.

Castleton 3, Thomas 1

Castleton was backed by another strong pitching performance from Garrett Moran, who went the distance while allowing one run on six hits with seven strikeouts to improve to 3-0 on the season.

The Spartans did most of their damage in the first three innings, scoring twice in the second and adding a run in the third to open a 3-0 lead.

Mitchell Caron led off the second with a walk before Benham and Bailey each reached on a single to load the bases with nobody out. Borsari grounded into a double play to get the game's first run across and Graciano followed with a two-out RBI single. Mikell opened the third frame with a double down the right field line and came around to score on a defensive error at shortstop as the Spartans took a 3-0 lead.

Thomas manufactured a run in the home half of the third to cut into the deficit. Isaiah Arana led off with a single and advanced to third on a single by Dominic Esposito. With runners on the corners and one out, Arana stole home to get the Terriers on the board.

Moran settled in from there, allowing just two hits the rest of the way and erasing one Terrier base runner with a double play as the Spartans took game three of the series, 3-1.

Castleton 4, Thomas 2

For the fourth time in the last five games, Castleton got on the board in the first inning with two runs on two hits. Poland walked and Mikell singled through the right side to put runners on the corners. Lindau opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly and Caron came through with an RBI single to left field to give the Spartans an early 2-0 advantage.

Nick Bagley cut into the Terrier deficit with an RBI single in the home half of the first, before Castleton countered with single runs in the third and fourth frames. Poland led off the third with a single, stole second, advanced to third, and crossed the plate on another sacrifice fly by Lindau. Pat Mumford stretched the Spartans lead to 4-1 with an RBI single to right field in the fourth.

Thomas threatened with a big inning in the bottom of the fourth after three straight walks loaded the bases. Aaron Smith entered from the bullpen and limited the damage, allowing just one run to score and stranding the tying run in scoring position with the Spartans still holding a 4-2 lead.

Smith staved off the Terriers over the final three innings, finishing with three strikeouts over 3.2 scoreless innings of relief to earn his third win of the season. Charles Stapleford started for the Spartans and tossed 3.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with five walks and two strikeouts.