After going 7-8 through their first 15 games, the Castleton State College Spartans opened the conference play with a home sweep of a double header last Saturday over the Lyndon Vikings.
In the opener, Castleton rode a three run fourth inning to a 5-1 win. In the night cap the Spartans scored twice in their final at-bat to complete the sweep with a 7-6 win.
During the opening play, Castleton scored five runs on eight hits but that was much more than hurler Kevin Cooke would need. Cooke pitched all seven innings, giving up just one run on two hits while striking out an impressive 11 batters to pick up the complete game win. Over the first three innings Cooke was perfect, recoding six of his 11 strikeouts over that span. Offensively Matt Eisenhuth carried the load for the Spartans. The senior left fielder enjoted a perfect day at the plate, going 3-for-3 wit a double, rwo runs scored and he drove in one.
Only two visiting Vikings, Stetson Hicks and Ben Clarke managed to scratch out singles against Cooke, with Clarke's single driving in Stetson for the Vikings lone score. Shane Fleury started, and took the loss for Lyndon. In four and a third innings of work Fleury
Gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits before turning the game over to Isaac Earle, who closed the game out with one and two thirds innings of perfect basedall.
Things weren't so smooth in the nightcap Trauling 6-5 going into their final at bat the Spartans needed a seventh inning rally and they ot just that. With one out, Ryan Zielinski singled. Zielinski followed then stole ssecond and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Robert Trucott. Bissonnette, walked and Zielinski scored on a passed ball to tie the score at 6-6. Manley struck out and Castleton was down to their final out. Pinch runner DJ Detweiler stole second base. And then on the second pitch of an intentional walk to Eisenhuth, Detweiler stole third base to put the winning run just 90-feet away. After the intentional walk to Eisenhuth, pinch hitter Peter Wagner (Brattleboro) walked loading the bases for third baseman Kurt Hewes, who promptly singled to left, driving in Detweiler with the winning run.
Castleton starter Billy Sisko went five innings, giving up nine hits, five runs (three earned), three walks and seven strikeouts. He gave up the hill to Patrick Riley. Riley pitched one-and-one-thirds innings yielding one earned run on one hit, one walk and two strikeouts.He was relived by Tyler Erickson who pitched the last two thirds of an innings without giving up a thing picked up the win in relief for Castleton.
Jake Ainsworth suffered the loss in relief for Lyndon. In two-thirds of an inning of work he gave up two hits, two runs (one earned), three walks and one strikeout
Castleton rose above .500 in overall play with a 9-8 record, and became 4-0 in Conference play with the sweep. Lyndon falls to 2-11 overall and 0-4 in conference
The Spartan softball team started out 0-9 before winning four games over two days including a pair of shutouts in a doubleheader sweep of Sage College last Friday.
In the opener senior hurler Hilary Bemis threw a complete game, two hit shutout. Bemis had eight strikeouts and no walks in leading Castleton to their first win, 7-0. Bemis not only controlled the hill, but she led the Spartans offensively with her bat. In thee official plate appearances Bemis singled, walked and doubled. She scored twice and drove in two more runs. Gabriella Skillen went the distance and took the loss for Sage. In her six innings of work she gave up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits with a strikeout and five walks.
In the night cap it was Taylor Lively's turn to throw a shutout. Lively tossed the four hit variety in a 3-0 Spartan win. In addition to the four hits she did allow one walk, but she also struck out 10 in an impressive outing. In a game that saw no extra base hits Spartan center fielder Caylee Fleury and second baseman Mercedes Maltbie had RBI singles for the victorious Spartans.
Sage's Kristen Knights pitched the whole game and was impressive herself. In six innings of work she gave up three runs, but none were earned. She allowed just four hits, but did surrender four walks and she took the tough loss.
Castleton improved to 4-9 with the sweep, and they open up conference play this Saturday when they host Thomas College at 2 p.m. Sage remained winless at 0-12 following the double header.