CASTLETON, VT– Thomas could not hold on to a 4-0 lead, falling to Husson 14-6 in game three of the North Atlantic Conference Tournament on Sunday afternoon. With the win the Eagles in advance to the Championship game on Monday.
Thomas was the first to get on the board, taking a 4-0 lead in the early innings, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first and third innings. In the first, Erik Sucy drove in a run with a single to left field, followed by a sacrifice fly by Dillon Emerson to make it 2-0 Terriers. In the third, Emerson drove in another run with a groundout, and was followed up by a sacrifice fly from Thomas Cameron that gave the Terriers an early 4-0 advantage.
In the top of the fourth, Husson responded with three runs. Kyle Bishop a two-run double to the gap to drive in J.T. Whitten and Shawn Smith. Brandon Gendreau followed with an RBI-single to make the score 4-3. In the bottom of the inning, Thomas extended their lead with a sac fly off the bat of Sucy. Zack Groat scored on the play to make the score 5-3.
In the top of the seventh, the Eagles' offense exploded for six runs on eight hits and a costly error by the Terriers to take a 9-5 lead. With the bases loaded, Shawn Smith ripped a single to drive in two runs, followed by an RBI-single by Whitten and Gaudette's first two-run bomb of the day. Jordan Carter's RBI single put the Eagles up by four.
In the following inning, Whitten brought home two more runs with a single to left-center before Gaudette stepped to the plate. The third baseman turned on an inside pitch, driving it deep over the left field fence to put Husson up 13-5.
Each squad plated a run in the ninth to make the final score 14-6. Tim Locke took the loss for the Terriers after tossing 6.2 innings and allowing eight earned runs on 13 hits. Dennis O'Neil earned the win for Husson, going six strong innings and allowing five earned runs on nine hits.
Thomas takes on Castleton in game five of the tournament at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 5 while Husson will advance to the championship game, where they await the winner of the Castleton-Thomas tussle. The championship game will be played on Monday, May 6 at 10 a.m. with a potential second game scheduled for 2 p.m.
Courtesy of Castleton Sports Information