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May 14, 2014

Defense helps Ticonderoga over Peru

TICONDEROGA — Fundamentally sound defense goes a long way in baseball. 

No. 13 Ticonderoga had just that Tuesday.

The Sentinels executed in crucial situations to upend Peru, 3-1, and keep their undefeated league record intact in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference play.

“We made multiple big-time plays on defense,” Ticonderoga coach Dan Dorsett said. “We made some great defensive plays when they applied pressure. That was the difference. Peru played well, but we made plays to get them out. We certainly executed when we needed to.”

The ballgame featured a pitchers’ duel between Indians junior Andy Kneussle and Sentinels sophomore sensation Ryan Trudeau.

Kneussle had nine strikeouts on no walks, while Trudeau fired eight strikeouts on four walks.

“The Kneussle kid pitched really well,” Dorsett said. “No walks. He was very strong. We just manufactured runs when we had to. We got two big hits with two outs to secure our win.

“Trudeau didn’t have his best stuff. He struggled, then settled down to retire his last nine batters.”

Mark Donohue had three hits to lead Ticonderoga.

Kneussle helped his own cause at the plate, slugging two hits for Peru.

Ticonderoga 3, Peru 1

Peru 001 000 0 — 1 6 0

Ticonderoga 102 000 x — 3 8 0

Kneussle and Altizer. Trudeau and Bush. WP- Trudeau. LP- Kneussle.

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Lake Placid 3, Moriah 1

PORT HENRY — The Blue Bombers scored their go-ahead run in the top of the fourth inning.

Ryan Damp led off with a single and advanced to second base on a throwing error. Damp scored on an errant throw to first base, which allowed Connor Preston to reach third base. Preston scored on a Cam Cassidy single.

Lake Placid added one more tally in the fifth frame to manage a two-run lead.

Tom Rancour was 3-for-3 with three singles for the Vikings.

Lake Placid 3, Moriah 1

Lake Placid 000 210 0 — 3 4 1

Moriah 100 000 0 — 1 5 6

McNierney and Preston. Clarke and Raymond. WP- McNierney. LP- Clarke.

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