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Bombers swing into season

April 24, 2018
By LOU REUTER - Senior Sports Writer ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid baseball team had a decent afternoon hitting the ball when it hosted Northern Adirondack Monday in the Blue Bombers' first home game of the season.

The Bobcats however, were even better at the plate, as well as in the field as they toppled Lake Placid 14-7 in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference action.

NAC got off to strong start to build up a 10-1 lead, and after Lake Placid cut its deficit to 10-7, the Bobcats sealed the win by scoring four runs in their last two at-bats to improve to 2-0 in the CVAC and 2-1 overall. The Blue Bombers, who committed eight errors in the game, dropped to 0-3 with the setback.

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Scott Sharlow winds up on the mound for Lake Placid during the third inning of Monday’s game against Northern Adirondack.
(News photo — Lou Reuter)

The Bobcats took control of what had turned into a tight game by piling up six runs in the top of the fourth inning. Lake Placid answered with a four-run fifth inning and scored two more times in the sixth to make it a three-run contest but was blanked in its final at bat.

Lake Placid finished with seven hits, including two doubles, while Bobcats batters rapped out 11 hits against four Blue Bombers pitchers. Cody Peryea tossed five innings to earn the pitching win and helped his cause with a big outing at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a triple. Brett Juntunen also tripled for the winners.

Jesse Izzo and Colin Hayes picked up extra-base hits for the Blue Bombers, each rapping out run-scoring doubles.

"The good thing is we came back," Lake Placid head coach Brian Brandes said. "We were down 10-1 and scored four runs, and then we came back again with two more runs in the next inning. The area where we have to improve is catching the ball, and that will come with being outside.

"I think with our hitting, we'll be fine. I think our pitching is going to be fine," Brandes added. "We go two or three deep with our pitching, but we have to find the spots, which we're not doing all the time. We let up at the end of the order. You have to smell blood. You have to go after those batters and be aggressive and we have to learn how to do that."

Both teams have had limited time outdoors so far. The Bobcats have still been unable to use their diamond, and just two days before Monday, the Blue Bombers 'field still had snow on it until Saturday's sunshine made it disappear.

"This is only the third time we've been outside," NAC head coach Dennis LaBarge said, adding he was impressed with Peryea's performance on the mound and at the plate. "Our starting pitcher did very well. He got us through four innings and then we made some changes."

The Bobcats committed three errors in the game, and like Brandes, LaBarge said some of those mistakes should get cleaned up with more playing time outdoors.

"Lake Placid has a good hitting team," LaBarge said. "They hit the ball, we had a few errors and before we knew it it was a three-run ball game. Kudos to them, they have good hitters, they always do. Fortunately, our kids put the ball on the bat."

Scott Sharlow went into the fourth inning as Lake Placid's starting pitcher before being replaced by Jake Coursen. Hayes and Matt Brandes also pitched for Lake Placid. Sharlow took the loss.

Casper LaBarge came in for the fifth inning to relieve Peryea and Cody Lambert pitched the final two innings to preserve the victory.

In what looks to be a familiar scenario for North Country baseball teams this season, the Bobcats and Blue Bombers will have a lot of games packed into a short amount of time. NAC has five matchups on the schedule this week and plays again today at Peru. Lake Placid's next game is also today at home against Plattsburgh.


Northern Adirondack 14, Lake Placid 7

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Peryea, LaBarge (5), Lambert (6) and Coty. Sharlow, Coursen (4), Hayes (6), Brandes (7) and Segger. WP- Peryea. LP- Sharlow. 2B- LaBarge (NAC), Izzo (LP), Hayes (LP), Coursen (LP). 3B- Peryea (NAC), Juntunen (NAC).



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