LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — Thomas struck early and often Saturday to complete a sweep of their four-game North Eastern Athletic Conference series with Lyndon.
In Game 1, the Terriers plated three first inning run and walked off with a 5-0 victory over the Hornets. A hit batsman and a single by Ben Goodall set the table for Joshua Gray's run-scoring double and a two-run single off the bat of Thomas Cameron. Jeff Richardson's run-scoring fielder's choice in the fourth and Cameron's sacrifice fly in the fifth closed out the scoring in the contest.
Danny Burke went six innings to get the win, scattering four hits while striking out four and walking three. James Neal (Vienna, Maine), Isaac Earle (Vernon, Vt.), Tyler Pelletier (St. Albans, Vt.) and Cody Gage (Newport, Vt.) had one hit each for Lyndon and Mason Brewer (Wiscasset, Maine) was tagged with the loss. He allowed five earned runs on eight hits while fanning three and walking three.
In Game two, the Terriers jumped out to a commanding 7-0 lead after one inning of play and coasted to victory. Gray had a two-run double in the uprising and the duo of Cameron and Taylor Livingston had a run-scoring single each. Richardson turned in a 3-for-4 effort at the plate and Cody Vigue hammered out three hits of his own, including a pair of doubles.
Gray, Ethan Hurley and Rob Nutter added two hits each for Thomas, who improved to 14-9 overall and 9-1 in the NEAC's Eastern Division. Eric Sucy earned the win with six innings of work. He allowed only one hit while striking out five and walking none.
Gage had to lone hit on the day for the Hornets (2-18, 1-13) with an infield single in the fourth. Brandon Flood (South Ryegate, Vt.), who did not get out of the first inning, took the loss. In a third of an inning, he allowed seven earned runs on six hits while fanning none and walking one.
On Friday, Thomas upped its record to 11-9 overall and 7-1 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference Eastern Division with a sweep of Lyndon Friday. The Terriers won Game 1 by a score of 11-1 and took Game 2 by a count of 7-2.
In the opener, Thomas broke open a one-run game by plating three runs in the top of the fifth. Richardson had a run-scoring double in the uprising and Goodall knocked in a run with a single. The Terriers sealed the win with a two-run sixth and a four-run seventh. Goodall turned in a 3-for-4 performance at the plate which included three singles and three runs-batted-in.
Wes Perreault added three hits and one RBI and Hurley collected two hits and three RBIs.
Tim Locke went six strong innings to get the victory allowing no earned runs on five hits while striking out five and walking three. Quinn Rambo (Avon, Ohio) and Shayne Kirby (Fairfax, Vt.) had two hits each for the Hornets and Isaac Earle suffered the loss. He allowed five earned runs on nine hits while fanning three and walking two.
In the nightcap, Thomas blew open a 2-2 game with four runs in the sixth to earn the win and a sweep of the twin bill.
Three consecutive Hornet errors led to three runs in the inning as the Terriers took the lead for good. Richardson, Perreault and Gray had two hits each for the winners and Jake Chamblee went six innings to earn the win. He allowed one earned run on four hits while striking out seven and walking three.
Earle, Kirby, Shane O'Donnell-Leach (Groton, Vt.) and Robert Trucott (Lyndonville, Vt.) had one hit each for Lyndon (2-16, 1-11) and Devin Rhodes (Brattleboro, Vt.) was tagged with the loss. He allowed four earned runs on nine hits while fanning one and walking one.