PERU — With a four-run lead and the Division I crown on the line, Beekmantown baseball coach Eric Bell decided to keep the ball in Brandon Rabideau’s hands Monday.
It’s safe to say that decision paid off.
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Rabideau struck out four batters in a no-hit performance, helping the Eagles capture the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Division I title with a 5-1 victory over Peru.
“He did a good job keeping us off balance,” Indians coach Brian Marino said. “We made contact, but right at people. He only had four strikeouts, so they played some good defense behind him. They had to make 17 outs in the field.”
Offensively, Beekmantown surged for four of its five runs in the top of the second inning.
“They had a walk and two singles to lead off the inning,” Marino said. “One of our errors cost us a couple of runs. Next thing we know, we’re down 4-0. The second inning was key for them.”
Peru answered for a run of its own in the bottom of the sixth, but was still unable to register a hit.
“I always thought there was a chance for making a comeback,” Marino said. “We had good intensity, and the kids never gave up. We just couldn’t string hits together. There’s always a chance to battle back down five, but it’s tough.”
Devin Fessette led the Eagles with two hits at the plate.
With the win, Beekmantown enters the six-team Class B tournament as the No. 1 seed, while Peru sits at No. 2.
“It’d be nice to get another shot at them,” Marino said. “Class B is going to be tough, though. On any given day, any team can win. Class B is not going to be an easy road.”