Baseball Runs Past Lyndon; Advances to NAC Championship Round

Baseball Runs Past Lyndon; Advances to NAC Championship Round

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton baseball team used a late offensive surge and a strong relief appearance from Andy Kenosh to defeat Lyndon, 11-5, on Sunday in game four of the North Atlantic Conference Tournament at Spartan Baseball Field.

With the win, Castleton improved to 29-10 overall and advanced to the championship round, which is slated for 11 a.m. on Monday morning. Lyndon, meanwhile, fell to 20-19 and will face New England College in an elimination game at 2 p.m. The winner will advance to Monday play for the title.

Davis Mikell opened the scoring in the top of the third with an RBI single up the middle to score Deagan Poland, who worked a two-out walk and advanced into scoring position on an errant pickoff attempt.

Lyndon responded with a pair of runs in the home half of the third after loading the bases with nobody out. Ryder Thorton singled through the left side and Ben Rollins followed with an RBI groundout to give the Hornets a 2-1 lead.

Castleton struck with three runs on the strength of three hits in the top of the third to reclaim the lead. Matt Braman singled up the middle to score Mitchell Caron and Pat Mumford lined a two-run single to left field to give the Spartans a 4-2 lead.

Zach Hale gave the Hornets the lead in the bottom of the fifth after sending a two-run single to left field and later scoring on a wild pitch to put the home team back in front, 5-4.

The Spartans came alive from there, working into the Hornets' bullpen to score seven unanswered runs over the final four innings. Mikell and Jonathan Lindau drove in a run apiece in the sixth, before Mikell belted an RBI double and Caron lifted a sacrifice fly to stretch the Spartans' lead to 8-5 in the eighth.

Steven Walsh drove in an insurance run early in the ninth, before Poland capped the scoring with a two-run single up the middle to give the Spartans the 11-5 victory.

Mikell and Walsh finished with three hits apiece as the Spartans tallied 14 hits in the win. Kenosh allowed just two hits over four scoreless frames to pick up the save. Cameron Goulet earned the win after yielding five runs (two earned) on nine hits with four walks and three strikeouts over five frames.

Thorton led the Hornets with four hits and Jason Doris finished 2-for-4 with a run scored. Lyndon used five different pitchers in the game, and John Boulay shouldered the loss after allowing two runs on three hits in 1.2 innings of relief.