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Baseball Sweeps Colby-Sawyer, 10-5 and 7-1

Baseball Sweeps Colby-Sawyer, 10-5 and 7-1

NEW LONDON, N.H. – The Castleton baseball team earned a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader sweep at Colby-Sawyer on Monday afternoon, winning the opening contest, 10-5, before securing the season split with a 7-1 victory in the night cap.

The Spartans avenged a pair of losses to the Chargers one week ago to improve to 17-5 overall and 8-2 in the NAC. Colby-Sawyer fell to 12-10 overall on the season and 4-4 in conference play with the losses.

Castleton 10, Colby-Sawyer 5

Castleton was held scoreless for the first four innings of the opener, but the bats came alive down the stretch with all its runs coming over the final three frames.

Dillon Benham paced the offense with a 4-for-4 performance at the plate, driving in three runs and scoring another. Zach Bahan finished 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored, while Jonathan Lindau and Pat Mumford each went 2-for-4.

The Spartans sent nine batters to the plate in the top of the fifth to turn a 3-0 deficit into a 5-3 lead. The inning started with a defensive error as Colby-Sawyer starting pitcher Chris Mitchell Jr.'s throw to first sailed into right field, allowing Dylan Bailey to take two bags and reach scoring position. Mumford followed with a perfect bunt single down the third base line, advancing Bailey to third. With runners on the corners, Deagan Poland singled to get the Spartans on the board. After Benham laid down a sacrifice bunt to put runners on second and third, Bahan laced a single into left field to score two and tie the game, 3-3. Bahan scored two batters later on an RBI-single by Matt Jackson, before a fielder's choice by Mitchell Caron drove in another to give the Spartans a 5-3 advantage.  

Castleton tacked on three more runs in the sixth. Bailey started the inning off with a hit-by-pitch, before Mumford reached on an error by the third baseman. After Poland bunted the runners into scoring position, Benham scored both on a single to center field. Benham scored one batter later on an RBI-single from Bahan. Bailey and Benham added RBI-singles in the seventh to extend the Spartans lead to 10-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh.

Colby-Sawyer scored two runs in its home half of the seventh on RBI from Tim Unczur and Connor Henry, but a strikeout ended the game as the Spartans completed the comeback victory, 10-5.

The Chargers scored two runs in the third and another in the fourth before the Spartans mounted the comeback.

Steven Jurkiewicz earned the win on the mound, pitching a complete game to improve to 3-1. The senior allowed five earned runs on 11 hits with four strikeouts over 7.0 innings.

Chris Mitchell Jr. took the loss for Colby-Sawyer, allowing five runs (three earned) on nine hits in 4.1 innings. The bullpen was unable to stop the pressure, as Ryan Glendye and Andrew Carbone combined to allow five runs (two earned) over 2.2 innings of relief. Unczur led the Chargers offensively with two hits and two RBI.

Castleton 7, Colby-Sawyer 1

Bailey led the offense in the nightcap with two hits, three RBI, and a run scored. Davis Mikell hit his fifth home run of the season and went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Michael LaBeau gave up a run in the first inning, but settled in after that to earn his second complete-game victory in three days. He scattered seven hits and struck out three to improve to 3-2 on the year.

Colby-Sawyer struck first once again, plating the game's first run in the home half of the first. Doug Avellino led off with a single to right field, before advancing to second on a groundout by Unczur. Nathan Frongillo followed with a single through the left side, scoring Avellino to give the Chargers a 1-0 lead.

It was all Castleton from there, however, as the Spartans once again finished strong with runs in each of the final four innings. Bailey put Castleton on the board with an RBI double in the right center gap, scoring Jackson, who singled to start the fourth inning. Two batters later, Mumford singled through the left side to score Bailey and give the Spartans their first lead of the game, 2-1.

Bailey capped off another two-run inning in the fifth with an RBI single to score Mikell, who doubled earlier in the frame. Benham roped his first triple of the season in the sixth, and scored on a balk to extend the Spartans lead to 5-1.

Mikell led off the seventh with a deep home run to right field, and Bailey capped off the scoring two batters later with his third RBI of the contest.  

The Chargers loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but LaBeau slammed the door with a groundball to first to end the game.

Castleton will stay within the NAC for a doubleheader at New England College on Wednesday starting at 2 p.m.