CHAMPLAIN — As it turns out, the Peru baseball team won’t be winning the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Division I title outright with a home victory over Beekmantown on Monday.
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Instead, the Indians will need a win just to finish tied with the Eagles at the top of the standings.
That’s because Kevin Sousa outdueled Andy Kneussle in Northeastern Clinton’s 1-0 victory over the Indians on Saturday. The Cougars won the game with an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Peru now has three losses in league play and Beekmantown two.
Sousa, a senior who is playing varsity baseball for the first time this season, struck out five, walked three and allowed just two hits.
Kneussle, meanwhile, fanned seven, walked two (both intentionally) and surrendered four hits.
“Sousa pitched a great game against a very good hitting team,” NCCS coach Jerry Davison said. “He used his curve and change to keep Peru off balance. They never really hit anything hard off him.
“Kneussle also pitched very well — he throws hard. He overpowered us and was also able to mix it up.”
In the bottom of the seventh, Josh Rabideau reached on an error, stole second and went to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Peru then walked Reece Tucker and Jacob Jennett intentionally to set up a force play with nobody out.
But Alex Lamberton foiled the strategy when he hit a ball over the outfielder’s head for a game-winning RBI single.
Both teams threatened to score prior to the seventh.
“We had runners on second and third, with one out, in the second inning but didn’t score,” Davison said. “Then in the fifth, they had runners on second and third, with one out, and we got out of it when Mason Letourneau made a nice catch in the outfield for the third out.