WATERVILLE, ME- Thomas (12-15, 11-3 NAC) had to settle for a split with Husson (14-16, 9-5 NAC) in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) baseball doubleheader despite overcoming a four run deficit in the second game. The Terriers took the first game 4-2, then fell in extra inning 6-4 in the night cap.
The early stages of the game were dominated by both starting pitchers, as neither team was able to create any offense. Thomas would finally crack the score in the bottom of the fourth, scoring all four of their runs. Dillon Emerson (Concord, N.H.) drove in Jeffrey Richardson (Rochester, N.H.) for the first run of the game, then Thomas Cameron (Jackson, Maine) would plate home Cody Vigue (Skowhegan, Maine) on a single to left. A double by John Charves (Harwich, Mass.) would score Cameron and Emerson to give the Terriers a 4-0 lead.
Husson responded in the next half inning with two runs however, as JT Whitten drove in two RBI with a single to left field.
The Eagles would load the bases in the seventh, but Thomas was able to get a double play, then a groundout by Kyle Bishop to end any comeback threat from the away side.
Tim Locke (Waterville, Maine) recorded the victory, tossing six innings, giving up six hits with earned runs, while striking out five. Cameron registered his second save of the season, throwing one inning.
Vigue went 2-3 in the win, while Charves had a game-high two RBI for the victors.
Pat McEwen was charged with the loss, going six innings with three earned runs, striking out one.
Pat Thibodeau went 3-3 at the plate, scoring one run in the losing effort for Husson.
Husson got on the board first in the second contest, scoring two runs in the top of the third. Thibodeau drove in one with a single to center field, then Dylan Foster grounded out to the short stop and score Cody McInnis from third.
The Eagles added two more to their lead in the top of the fifth, with Shawn Smith reaching on an error by the shortstop, scoring McInnis from third. Thibodeau crossed the plate giving Husson a 4-0 lead on a single to center by Bishop.
Thomas erupted for four runs in the bottom of the sixth to bring the game to a 4-4 deadlock. Vigue broke the shutout with a double to left center that scored Richardson and Anree Benitez (Orlando, Fl.). Cameron then reached first on an error by the second baseman that drove in Vigue. A double by Nik Beeson (Manchester, N.H.) scored the pinch runner Nate Peasley (Buxton, Maine) from second to tie the ballgame.
In the bottom of the seventh Thomas had the winning run on second in Dillon Dunbar (Saco, Maine) when Richardson drove a liner to left center. Dunbar rounded third looking to complete the dramatic comeback but was gunned down at home by Foster in left.
Smith would break the tie for Husson on a two-run homer to left field in the top of the eighth.
The Terriers looked like they would be able to comeback in the bottom half of the inning, as they were able to reach base twice on errors by Husson, but closer Dan Whitney shut down Thomas' offense to get the save.
Brandon Reilly got the win, throwing seven inning of nine hit ball, giving up two earned runs on four strikeouts.
James McLamb (Livermore Falls, Maine) threw five inning, yielding three earned runs with two strikeouts, while C.J. Pendleton (Saco, Maine) threw an inning of relief with two strikeouts.
Thomas will travel to Castleton over the weekend to take on Castleton in two doubleheaders. On Saturday the first game is scheduled for 2pm, while the Sunday matinee will begin at noon.