LAKE PLACID - The Saranac Lake bats seem to be coming to life.
On Tuesday, May 1 in Lake Placid, Saranac Lake's baseball team notched its second win in as many days as the Red Storm used a 12-hit attack to down the Blue Bombers 8-2 in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference play.
Lake Placid (2-5) was coming off its second win of the season on Monday, April 30 when the Blue Bombers beat Northern Adirondack 13-0.
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Daryl Brier beats the throw home for Lake Placid’s first run while Saranac Lake pitcher Grant Strack and catcher Steve Rodriguez chase the ball during a CVAC game Tuesday, May 1.
The Red Storm rapped out 10 singles against Lake Placid and got a strong performance on the mound from junior Grant Strack, who allowed six singles while pitching a complete-game win as the Red Storm improved to 2-4.
Strack, a native of Lake Placid who now lives in Saranac Lake, came up with a big hit on offense when he knocked two teammates home with a triple during the Red Storm's five-run fifth inning that all but clinched the win for the visitors.
Dylan Gunther and Nick Bayruns both went 3-for-4 at the plate for Saranac Lake, and Jon McCabe chipped in with two hits.
"Grant is from Lake Placid, and we thought it would be nice to get him up there on the mound," Saranac Lake coach Bill Wilson said. "He pitched in relief twice, but this was his first start. We wanted him to get a little confidence and he did a great job."
"Strack pitched well for them," added Lake Placid coach Brian Brandes. "He had good movement on the ball, and he was always around the plate. We got baserunners on today, but we didn't get the clutch hits."
Logan Wood led off the game for Saranac Lake and advanced all the way around the basepaths to give his team a 1-0 lead at the end of the first inning. From there, the Red Storm never looked back. Matt Phelan and Strack reached home in the third inning for a 3-0 Saranac Lake edge, and the Red Storm came up big in the fifth with five runs to take a commanding 8-0 advantage.
The Blue Bombers loaded the bases in both the sixth and seventh innings, and finally broke up Strack's shutout bid when Daryl Brier and Ryan Damp crossed the plate in their team's last at-bat. Three of Lake Placid's six hits in the game came in the bottom of the seventh.
Brier, one of two seniors on Lake Placid's roster, went 2-for-4 at the plate with two singles. Ryan Meyer also swatted a pair of single. Damp and R.J. Reid accounted for the other Blue Bombers hits.
Senior J.P. Morrison started on the mound for Lake Placid and threw five innings. Reid, a junior, came in to throw the final two frames and gave up one hit while striking out two. Strack finished with six strikeouts and walked four Blue Bombers batters.
Although the game was a rivalry matchup, the two teams are in different divisions in the CVAC.
"It's always fun playing Saranac Lake, but we do have more important games on the schedule," Brandes said. "We are 2-1 in our division, and those are the games that carry bigger weight for us."
Lake Placid returned to Division II action Thursday, May 3 at home against Moriah starting at 4:30 p.m.
"We've cleaned up our act and started hitting the ball," Wilson said. "We have Plattsburgh up next, and they are always good, but we have Matty on the mound. Hopefully, we can keep it going at the plate."
Saranac Lake 8, Lake Placid 2
|Red Storm||102 050 0 — 8 12 3|
|Blue Bombers||000 000 2 — 2 6 3|
Strack and Rodriguez. Morrison, Reid (6) and Meyer. WP - Strack. LP - Morrison. 2B - Gunther (SL), 3B - Strack (SL).