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Hornets reach Clemente Cup Championship Game

Hornets reach Clemente Cup Championship Game

Lynn, MA - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon baseball team played three games on day two of the Roberto Clemente Cup tournament, hosted by Fisher College.  In the day's opening contest, the Hornets fell to host Fisher, 12-1.  Lyndon then bounced back with a 3-2 win over SUNY Canton to reach the championship game, where they fell to Fisher by a 3-1 score.  The Hornets conclude the weekend with a 3-13 overall record, while Fisher improves to 21-10.

Game 1 - Fisher 12, NVU-Lyndon 1

Fisher jumped in front in the top of the first inning.  Ivan Rivera tripled with one out, and Mitchell Lundholm followed with a double to right center to give the Falcons the lead.  Lyndon tied things up in the bottom half of the inning when Ben Rollins (Lincolnville, ME) drew a one-out walk and came around to score when Fisher misplayed Zak Johnson's (East Hampton, CT) single.

Fisher regained the lead in the top of the second when the Falcons loaded the bases and Rivera laced a bases clearing double to left center.  The Falcons added four more unearnd runs in the tho of the third, with the big blow a two-run triple from Jorge Sanchez.  The Falcons added three more unearned runs in the fifth on consecutive run scoring singles from Rivera, Lundholm, and Jonathan Rosado.  A sixth inning sacrifice fly from Ismael Perez completed the scoring.

Fisher starter Jose Galan struck out 11 over six innings and allowed only two hits, a single and a double from Johnson, to earn the win.  Hornet starter Tyler Davis (Barre, VT) took the loss, going three innings.  Only two of the eight runs Davis allowed were earned.  Cameron Flinn (Barre, VT) threw four innings in relief, allowing four runs, only one of them earned.

Game 2 - NVU-Lyndon 3, SUNY Canton 2

Canton got two runners aboard in the top of the first inning but Hornet starter James Mundy (Brentwood, NH) worked his way out of it.  Rollins then walked to lead off the Hornet half of the inning and came around to score when Codi Smith's (Hartford, VT) single to right was misplayed.  Rollins scored Lyndon's second run in the third inning when he doubled to lead off, advanced to third on Johnson's single, and scored when Smith hit into a fielder's choice.

Meanwhile, Mundy settled in, allowing only a first inning double to Brian Santana over the first five innings.  He struck out five over that span while walking three.  When Brandon Bautista singled to start the Canton sixth John Boulay (Dighton, MA) came on to relieve Mundy.  Hornet catcher Jason Doris (Lincoln, RI) then threw out Bautista attempting to steal and Boulay kept the Roos at bay.  Bautista, the Canton starter, also settled in on the mound, keeping the Hornets off the board in the middle innings.

Edward Malinowski Jr. singled off of Boulay to start the Canton seventh.  He came around to score on pinch hitter Fernando Santana's double, cutting the Hornet lead to 2-1.  Joseph Campbell pinch ran for Santana.  The next batter, Jesse Iacovetta, singled to center, but Smith gunned down Campbell at the plate trying to score.  Boulay then got Brian Santana to fly out to Smith to end the inning.

The Hornets got the run back in the bottom of the seventh.  Zack Newman came on to relieve Bautista and hit leadoff batter Cameron Flinn (Barre, VT).  Tyler Roberge (Essex, VT) sacrificed Flinn to second, and Flin came in to score on Rollins' single to right center.

Boulay got Bautista to pop out to start the eighth, but then walked Collin Lynk.  Matt Tritto (Derry, NH) came on to relieve Boulay, then back to back Hornet errors allowed Lynk to come around and score.  Tritto was able to retire the next two batters to preserve the 3-2 Lyndon advantaqe.

The Hornets failed to score in the bottom of the eighth and Rollins came on in relief of Tritto to start the ninth inning.  Campbell drew a one-out walk, then Iacovetta and Brian Santana reached on back to back errors to load the bases.  Rollins then got Bautista to ground into a game ending double play to Hornet shortstop Sam Ognenoff (Brattleboro, VT) to end the ballgame.

Mundy earned his first win of the season, while Rollins picked up the save.  Bautista took the loss for Canton.

Game 3 - Fisher 3, NVU-Lyndon 1

The championship game unfolded as a pitchers duel between Hornet starter Matt Page (Groton, VT) and Falcon starter Johann Doerrer.  Rollins' leadoff walk to start the game and his third inning single were the only Hornet baserunners through the first five innings.  Meanwhile Page only allowed a second inning single to Cameron Pearson and a fourth ining single to Rosado through the first four frames.

Fisher finally drew first blood in the bottomn of the fifth inning.  Pearson led off with a double to left center, then came home on an RBI single from Ismael Perez.  Fisher then proceeded to load the bases against Page, but he was able to strike out Rivera looking and get Lundholm to fly to left and end the inning.

Doerrer set the Hornets down in order in the top of the sixth, then Boulay relieved Page to start the bottom half of the inning.  Boulay kept the Falcons off the board in the sixth and seventh while Doerrer pitched two more one-two-three innings in the seventh and eighth.

After Boulay struck out the first two batters in the bottom of the eighth, Pearson delivered a single to right and was replaced by pinch runner Braxten Ramirez.  Back singles from Joshua Rogers and Perez scored Ramirez.  Reynaldo Vega ran for Perez, then he and Rogers executed a double steal, enabling Rogers to score and build the Fisher lead to 3-0 entering the ninth inning.

Down to their final three outs, the Hornets worked to get something going in the top of the ninth.  Ognenoff and Rollins started things off with a pair of singles, putting runners at the corners and bringing the tying run to the plate.  After Doerrer struck out Johnson swinging, Smith delivered an RBI single to score Ognenoff and put the tying run on base.  Yamil Delgado then came out of the Fisher bullpen to relieve Doerrer and promptly got Tucker Root (Middlefield, CT) to ground into a double play to end the game.

Doerrer got the win, going 8.1 innings and allowing only four hits and one run while striking out eight.  Delgado recorded the save.  Hornet starter Page was the hard luck losing pitcher, allowing only one run and five hits with five strikeouts over five innings.

The Hornets will travel to the New England Baseball Complex on Tuesday to face Lesley University in a non-conference doubleheader.  First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 pm.