BEEKMANTOWN — A cold, windy afternoon is not exactly your ideal baseball weather, but the Beekmantown baseball team was able to hold onto an early lead in defeating visiting Peru, 4-3, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference play Wednesday.
The Eagles jumped out to an early lead in their home opener, despite having to play on their junior varsity field.
Sophomore Brantley Marion took the rubber for Beekmantown and was nearly untouchable early in the game. Marion came out firing in the first inning, fanning two batters and forcing the other to groundout. The Indians struggled early on catching up to the youngster’s curveball, which seemed to be quite effective.
The Eagles wasted no time getting the bats moving after Devin Fessette was able to reach base on a walk in the bottom of the first. Brandon Buksa was next at bat for Beekmantown and roped an RBI stand-up triple, scoring Fessette from first.
Buksa was then knocked in off of an Alex Price single just two batters later, giving the Eagles a 2-0 lead early in the game.
Marion walked consecutive Peru batters in the second with two outs, but the Indians could not capitalize as the sophomore struck out the next batter to end the potential danger.
Peru hurler Conor Casey fanned the first two Beekmantown batters he faced in the second inning, but the junior ran into some trouble the following inning.
Buksa was able to draw a lead-off walk against Casey in the third and would eventually advance to second base after an Indian error. Price advanced both runners after laying down a sacrifice bunt, shifting runners into scoring position. Greg Manney was then able to score Buska from third on a fielder’s choice, putting the Eagles ahead 3-0 after three innings of play.
“We did good putting the ball in play; we just had trouble with leaving runners on base,” Beekmantown coach Eric Bell said.