LAKE PLACID - AuSable Valley took one step closer to their goal of a Division II title May 22 as they defeated the Blue Bombers 15-11 in CVAC baseball.
The Patriots were down 11-10 going into the sixth inning, but managed a comeback in a back-and-forth game with plenty of hitting.
"We've got some real good hitters on our team" said Patriots head coach Randy Douglas. "Our seniors are clutch; they're true baseball players."
Jordan Bezio and John Sikandar each had three hits for AuSable Valley and combined for three RBI. Curtis Loreman, A.J. Gordon, and Alex LaFountain, Sawyer Taro and Dustin Miller each added two hits.
The Blue Bombers also had the bats going however, getting three hits apiece from Chris Orsi and Skyler Comins. J.P. Morrison and Ryan Myers each added two hits, and Will Tennant hit a 2-run triple in the first and a big 2-run double in the fifth to help Lake Placid regain the lead.
"They're a scrappy bunch, and I wish them the best in the [Class D Sectionals]," Douglas said of Lake Placid. "Every year I come up here it's like this; you just can't put them away."
"We hit a lot better," said Lake Placid head coach Brian Brandes, noting how his team's 17 hits showed a lot of improvement compared to the three hits they managed in their 13-1 loss to AVCS earlier in the season.
The Blue Bombers took an early 4-0 lead in the first with hits from five of their first six batters, but the Patriots fired back with a six-run inning in which Lake Placid committed three of their six errors.
AuSable Valley improved their record to 10-4 with the win, taking a step closer to a tie for first with Ticonderoga for the Division II title.
Taro was awarded the win in relief at the mound, striking out three while giving up five hits and two walks in the final four innings. Tennant, charged with the loss, struck out five and walked three through six innings.
AuSable Valley 15, Lake Placid 11
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
AuSable Valley 0 6 1 1 2 2 3 - 15 17 1
Lake Placid 4 2 2 0 3 0 0 - 11 17 6
Gordon, Taro (4) and Taro, Gordon (4). Tennant, Herzog (7) and Morrison. WP- Taro. LP- Tennant. 2B- Gordon (AV), Bezio (AV), Tennant (LP). 3B- Tennant (LP).