April 25, 2014

Hornets strike early, take down Beekmantown

PLATTSBURGH — It wasn’t anything spectacular, but the Plattsburgh High baseball team will take it.

Despite committing five fielding errors, the Hornets jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, holding off Beekmantown for an 8-5 victory in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference action Thursday.

“Both teams struggled defensively (Thursday),” Plattsburgh High coach Jim Manchester said. “The two teams combined for nine errors in the first three innings. Only four of the 13 runs scored by both teams were earned.”

Shawn Courson paced the Hornets at the plate, going 3-for-4. Ryan Whalen and Dan Hartman each went 2-for-4.

Gerrit Rietsema, who started on the mound for Plattsburgh High, did not surrender an earned run in 3 2/3 innings of work. Ryan Whalen fired six strikeouts on two walks to help solidify the victory.

“We put together some solid at-bats, which resulted in our best day at the plate so far,” Manchester said. “Gerrit did not have his best stuff, but battled. Ryan did a fantastic job shutting the door.

“Give Beekmantown credit for staying in the game. They could have hung their heads after being down 6-0 in the first. It’s nice to even our record (3-3), but we know the big games are ahead with league play starting in Saranac Monday.”

Brandon Buksa and Brantley Marion each slugged doubles for the Eagles.

Greg Manney, who was tagged with the loss, pitched four innings on the mound. The senior allowed three earned runs on four strikeouts and two walks.

Plattsburgh High 8, Beekmantown 5

Beekmantown 031 100 0 — 5 7 4

Plattsburgh High 610 010 x — 8 11 5

Manney, Buksa (5) and Pepper. Rietsema, Whalen (4) and Bechard. WP- Whalen. LP- Manney. 2B- Buksa (BCS), Marion (BCS). 3B- Hartman (PHS).



SCHROON LAKE — The Eagles scored three runs in each of the first and second innings to defeat the Wildcats.

Hayden Guay went the distance for the pitching win as he struck out four, walked three and allowed six hits. Eric Paradis went the route in taking the loss.

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