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Wildcats Blank Ghosts for Third Win

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HARDWICK – The Hazen Union baseball team scored double digits for a second straight game in downing Randolph last week before falling to Division II Lyndon Institute (LI) and Division I North Country.

photo by Vanessa Fournier
Hazen Union sophomore Jacob Hayden aims for the ball during a game against Lyndon May 23. Lyndon won 14-0.

Craftsbury Academy (CA) sophomore Grayson McNaughten twirled a one hitter, striking out six to power the Wildcats to an 11-0 home win over Randolph last Tuesday. The big right-hander walked only one batter on the day, needing just 58 pitches in what was his best outing of the season. He helped his own cause at the plate with a pair of singles and seniors Andrew Menard and Jake Davison combined for two more hits and a pair of RBI’s in the win. Owen Skorstad belted a double for Hazen, Fenton Meyer added a hit and a walk, and CA’s Landon Miller drove in a run to help put the game out of reach. The 3-11 Galloping Ghosts ended a 10-game losing streak over the weekend against Lamoille. First year Wildcat head coach Shaun Allen gave his team some added incentive heading into the game and his players didn’t disappoint.

“I told the boys before the game that they could cut my hair if they went out there and won and they countered with adding a clean shave if they won by double digits. That happened after practice on Wednesday and the boys came out ready to play. Randolph struggled with errors as we have seen our players do throughout the season, but we’ve been improving and hopefully we have the bulk of that behind us as we march towards the postseason,” said Allen.

photo by Vanessa Fournier Grayson McNaughton (left), a Craftsbury sophomore, and Fenton Meyer (right) a Hazen Union senior, run off Hudson Field Thursday after an inning against Lyndon. Lyndon beat Hazen 14-0.

Lyndon Institute kept pace with Montpelier at the top of the Division II standings on Thursday, blanking the Wildcats on the road 14-0. Ethan Lussier was nearly perfect in earning the win, striking out 10 of the 11 batters he faced to power the Vikings to their fourth straight win. Wyatt Mason belted a three-run double, Connor Fillian went three-for-three with an RBI, and Danville’s Cooper Calkins crushed a two-run triple in the win. Andrew Menard took the loss on the mound for the Wildcats.

Hazen’s bats were stymied again on Saturday with a combined two hitter from North Country’s Logan Cross and Trent Elie in a 4-0 home win. Cross earned the win allowing a pair of hits and striking out three and Elie was even more impressive in earning the save, with four innings of no-hit ball. Dakoda Clark led the Falcons offensively with a pair of hits as they improved to 8-4 on the season.

“Our errors showed up again on defense against Lyndon. We just weren’t in the game and got beat up pretty bad. Grayson did a nice job against North Country holding them to three earned runs and it’s a lot easier to stay in a ball game when you play defense behind your pitcher. We did a decent job of putting the bat on the ball against some good pitching, where there were just too many swings and misses against Lyndon. We look to continue to change around things to make us the strongest team possible as we head to the playoffs and hope to show everyone a different team than they saw at the beginning of the year,” said Allen.

The Wildcats are currently clinging to the eighth seed in the division III standings and welcomed Harwood to town on Tuesday. They wrap up the regular season at Lake Region on Thursday.

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