Mountaineers Rout Great Britain 15-1 in Independence Day Exhibition
Montpelier, Vt. - The Vermont Mountaineers offense put on a clinic in a Fourth of July Exhibition game against the Great Britain U23 team in a 15-1 victory at Montpelier Recreation Field. The game was played in seven innings and delayed almost two hours due to weather.
Matt Dearden (Newburry, Fla./Indiana) started the game on the hill for the Mountaineers pitching two innings giving up just one hit while striking out three. The offense started early and did not quit as Brett Johnson (Little Elm, Texas/TCU) led off the bottom of the first with a single followed by Michael White's double before scoing on a sacrifice fly from Ryan Karl (Towaco, N.J./Louisville).
They would add two more runs on RBI hits from Logan Pierce and Greg Partyka who scored on a passed ball. In the bottom of the second, Great Britain starter Shaun Slemko got the first two outs before allowing a walk to Johnson followed by three hits making the Vermont lead 6-0 before lightning suspended the game. It would pick up after a one hour and 43 minute delay.
Vermont would add three more runs in the third before Slemko recorded his only scoreless inning in the fourth. Meanwhile, Steve Ostapeck (Sacramento, Calif./Villanova) pitched three scoreless innings in relief allowing just two hits and striking out three.
Trailing 11-0 going into the top of the sixth, Corey MacDonald struckout the first batter he faced before a throwing error from Ricky Boas (Wildomar, Calif./St. Mary's) allowed Josh Rapaport to reach second base and a passed ball advanced him to third. MacDonald (Davis, Calif./Hawaii) then gave up a double to Gary Davison plating a run to avoid the shutout. Vermont countered with four more runs in the bottom of the frame.
MacDonald would strike out consecutive batters to lead off the seventh before Austin Green (San Diego, Calif./San Diego) struck out Sam Sproule on three pitches to end the game. The Mountaineers return to New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) action on Thursday July 5th when they travel to North Adams, Mass. to take on the SteepleCats. All game action can be heard on ESPN 1240, WSKI and online at www.thevermontmountaineers.com.
Game Notes: Every Mountaineer starter reached base at least once tonight...Kyle Grana (St. Louis, Mo./Bellarmine) pinch hit in the fifth with the bases loaded and scored a run on a fielders chioce before driving in another run in the sixth on a bases loaded groundout.
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