May 8, 2013

Newcomer Price hits game-winner for Eagles

BEEKMANTOWN — Alex Price didn’t take long to make an impact on the Beekmantown varsity baseball team.

One day after being called up from the JV team, the sophomore hit the game-winning RBI single as the Eagles edged Plattsburgh High 8-7 in eight innings in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference play Tuesday.

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With the game tied at 7-7 in the extra inning, Devin Fessette hit a single and stole second base, and Price brought him home to end it.

“I talked to my coaching staff (Monday), and we agreed to bring (Price) up from JV,” Beekmantown coach Eric Bell said. “He had done a great job on JV, and we thought he could help on varsity. Alex proved it (Tuesday).”

Quenton Barber pitched the eighth inning for the Eagles and earned the win.

Despite struggling in the field, Beekmantown took a 3-2 lead into the seventh inning.

“Our defense was shaky (Tuesday),” Bell said, adding that starter Austin Bradish “did a phenomenal job throughout the game limiting their runs. We had five errors in the first six innings, and they only scored two runs. He did a great job of focusing and worrying about what he had to do, not the defense behind him.”

Bradish was relieved in the seventh, and the Eagles’ errors continued to add up. They committed four in that inning, and the Hornets scored five runs to take a 7-3 lead.

The Eagles rallied in the bottom half. They scored on a fielder’s choice, and then with two outs, Justin Stevens drove in a run with a triple and Adam Goldfarb added an RBI single to put them within one. Bradish fell behind in the count 0-2 but eventually singled in the tying run.

Stevens, Goldfarb, Bradish and Fessette each had two hits.

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