PUTNEY, CLAREMONT AND WALPOLE LATEST CRVBL WINNERS
By Kevin McElhinney, CRVBL
With the Connecticut River Valley Baseball League playoffs less than three weeks away, the Putney Fossils, the Claremont Cardinals and the Walpole Wild Blue all scored important regular season victories
in recent action.
At Dummerston Field, Putney benefitted from eight strong innings by starting pitcher Dave Guadalupe, as the Fossils beat the Sunapee Old Lakers, 8 to 4. Guadalupe gave up just one earned run on five hits before giving way to Richard Bissell who earned the save. Offensively, catcher Steve Stanley knocked in four runs on three hits, Brandon Reilly tripled, scored three runs and stole two bases while shortstop Nick Garcia went two for four, stole two bases and drove in a run.
In Claremont, Jon Nicholas pitched a two hit shutout to lead the Cardinals past the Keene Black Dawgs, 6-0. Nicholas also scored a run, drove in another and stole two bases. Centerfielder Josh Duford scored a pair of runs and stole four bases in the win.
And in Newport, the visiting Wild Blue opened and closed with a bang, as they scored five runs in the first inning and four in the ninth to defeat the home Newport Polar Bears, 12-6. Leadoff hitter Jed St. Pierre went three for three with a pair of triples, four runs scored and four stolen bases. Winning Pitcher Drew Davis also scored two runs, drove in two and stole a pair of bases.
All eight CRVBL teams play next weekend, as Putney visits Walpole next Friday night at 7:00. Claremont hosts first place Chester/Saxtons River for a doubleheader beginning Saturday morning at 10, while on Sunday morning at 11, Brattleboro visits Sunapee while Newport takes on Keene at Keene State College. Admission to all CRVBL games is free of charge, and to learn more about the league of local adult amateur baseball teams, visit the league website at www.crvbl.org .
Chester/Saxtons 9 1
Claremont 8 2
Walpole 7 4
Sunapee 6 6
Newport 5 7
Putney 5 7
Keene 3 8
Brattleboro 2 10