LAKE PLACID - A win against visiting Ticonderoga on Tuesday, May 7 would have given the Lake Placid baseball team a share of the lead in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Division II standings.
The Sentinels pitching duo of Ryan Trudeau and Mike Graney had other plans.
Together, the two Ticonderoga hurlers gave up just two hits, struck out a dozen Lake Placid batters, and were backed up by an error-free defense in a 9-0 blanking of the Blue Bombers.
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Lake Placid first baseman Ryan Damp holds his position just inside the out-of-play line to snag a foul ball popup during the Blue Bombers’ May 7 home game against Ticonderoga.
With the victory, the Sentinels remained perfect in Division II with a 4-0 record and upped their overall CVAC mark to 6-5.
Meanwhile, the Blue Bombers dropped to 3-2 in Division II play and 3-5 overall on a day where they couldn't get the job done at the plate or in the field. The loss was Lake Placid's third in a row.
Ryan Damp and Eddie Kane picked up Lake Placid's only hits with a single each.
Ddefensively, the Blue Bombers committed four errors, including a dropped fly ball in the outfield that allowed two Ticonderoga runners to reach home in the first inning.
After taking a 2-0 lead in their first at-bat, the Sentinels plated six more runs in the third inning to take command. Ticonderoga added one more run in the top of the seventh to round out the scoring.
Trudeau threw five innings to earn the win. He struck out nine, gave up two hits and didn't walk a batter. Graney was just as successful in relief. Pitching the final two frames, he did walk two batters, but held the Blue Bombers without a hit and fanned three.
The Sentinels had nine singles in the game, and Trudeau helped his own cause at the plate with a single and three RBI. Miles Austin and Mark Donahue added two hits each for the winners.
Lake Placid used three pitchers in the game, and they all struggled with accuracy while combining to walk nine Ticonderoga batters. Damp got the start and went two-and-one-third innings to absorb the loss on the mound.
Chris Williams came in with one out in the top of the third and pitched until being replaced by Noah Mohr, who worked the final inning. Damp finished with one strikeout and Williams struck out two Sentinels batters.
"We knew this was a big Division II game coming here to play Lake Placid," Ticonderoga head coach Dan Dorsett said. "We keep track of those kind of things, and this was one game we really wanted. Our pitchers did a nice job keeping the pressure on Lake Placid today."
Ticonderoga 9, Lake Placid 0
Trudeau, Graney and Bush. Damp, Williams (3), Mohr (7) and Kane and Preston (3). WP - Trudeau. LP - Damp.
NCCS 7, Lake Placid 4
LAKE PLACID - Visiting Northeastern Clinton scored six runs during two middle innings to claim a 7-4 victory over Lake Placid Friday, May 3 at the North Elba Show Grounds diamond.
Trailing 2-1, the Cougars took the lead for good with four runs in the third inning at they tacked on two more in the fourth to surge ahead 7-2.
Lake Placid battled back with a run in the sixth and one more in the seventh to make it a 7-4 final.
Connor Preston led Lake Placid's eight-hit effort in the game. The freshman went 2-for-3 at the plate with a single and a double. Alex Brandes, a sophomore, also pounded out a pair of singles for the Blue Bombers, and Shane McNierney, Ryan Meyer, Ryan Damp and Kyle Shipman chipped in a single each for Lake Placid.
Kevin Sousa had a big day leading the Cougars to victory. Sousa went the distance on the mound to earn the pitching win. He struck out nine and allowed just one walk. He also had two singles and a double at the plate.
Marcus Lefebvre chipped in two singles for NCCS, and Kyle Mcarthy, Josh Rabideau, Reece Tucker, Garrett Begore and Alex Lamberton added single singles.
Lake Placid used three pitchers in the game. McNierney got the start and went three innings, Damp pitched the next two and Noah Mohr threw the final two innings.