May 12, 2014

A's, Miners split in CVBL play

LYON MOUNTAIN — The Lyon Mountain Miners opened defense of their Champlain Valley Baseball League championship Sunday and the Fourth Ward A’s gave the Miners all they wanted.

The Miners recorded an 8-3 victory in the opener before the A’s scored seven runs in the top of the ninth for a 10-5 win in the second game at the Big Ball Diamond.

In the nightcap, A’s starter Brian Burns struck out 12 in 6.2 innings, but the Miners broke through for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings. The A’s had held a 1-0 lead through six before scoring twice in the seventh.

Yuya Osawa picked up the pitching win in relief of Burns. Miners’ starter Chris Van Houten pitched well over the first four innings.

Joe Kirkpatrick paced the A’s with three hits, while Burns, Osawa, Pat Shaughnessy and Joe Leddy all added two. Matt Meunier rapped a three-run double in the ninth.

The Miners were held hitless until the fifth when Keller Kowalowski lined a single to left for his first CVBL hit. In the seventh, Kowalowski drove in two runs with a double and Josh Rabideau then tied the game with a RBI double.

In the opener, Kris Chase, Kyle Kowalowski and winning pitcher David Waldron paced the Miners with two hits each. Kowalowski rapped a two-run triple in the first inning and Waldron a RBI double in the fifth.

Kasey Favreau singled in two runs in the first inning and Reilly Lawless doubled in one in the sixth.

Lyon Mountain held a 4-3 lead before scoring three runs in the fifth.

Jake Richards led off the second inning with a double for the A’s, Phil McGee a RBI single in the second and John Mackintosh a sacrifice fly in the second.

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