April 16, 2013

PHS tops B'town in error-marred game

PLATTSBURGH — Both Beekmantown and Plattsburgh were able to get a few games under their belts with a trip to Myrtle Beach.

Errors, however, were still the name of the game in Monday’s Champlain Valley Athletic Conference opener.

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Rob Hartman scored the game-winning run in the sixth inning as the Hornets knocked off the Eagles, 9-5, in CVAC baseball.

Robby Knowles had a strong afternoon on the mound for Plattsburgh (2-4, 1-0), striking out six, walking two and allowing just four hits in the victory. His defense, however, didn’t help in the second inning.

The Eagles plated five runs to take a 5-0 lead, all runs were of the unearned variety.

“This was a gutty performance by our team,” Hornets coach Jim Manchester said. “Knowles could have hung is head after the second; he should have been out of the inning with no runs.

“To our credit we scratched two runs in the second and did a good job in the sixth inning to put pressure on them in the seventh to make something happen.”

Plattsburgh tied the game in the fifth inning with three runs, but took the lead for good in the sixth with four.

Hartman singled with one out in the sixth and came around to score. Alex Maston doubled to score a pair and Mohamed Eltahir knocked in Maston to finish scoring.

Nate Emery paced the Hornets with a 3-for-4 performance. Eltahir added three RBI. Jack Tolosky was solid in relief to get the two final outs on the mound.

Brandon Buksa had two hits to lead the Eagles, including a home run and three RBI.

Plattsburgh 9,

Beekmantown 5

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Plattsburgh 020 034 x — 9 8 6

Rabideau, Barber (6) and Bradish. Knowles, Tolosky (7) and Maston. WP- Knowles. LP- Rabideau. 2B- Maston (PHS). HR- Buksa (Beek).

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