Lumberjacks keep winning streak alive

TUPPER LAKE – The Tupper Lake baseball team rolled to a 16-5 win over St. Regis Falls on Friday.

It was the third consecutive win for the Lumberjacks, who now have a 5-8 record and appear to be playing much better than earlier in the season when they struggled at the plate and in the field..

“We’re doing exactly what I thought we were going to do at the beginning of the year,” Tupper Lake coach Scott Tower said. “We’re starting to come around and play much better as a team.”

The Lumberjacks wasted no time in this game, scoring seven runs in the first inning, two in the second and three in the third. The Lumberjacks capitalized on a number of errors and knocked in runs with some key hits.

The top four batters in the lineup for Tupper Lake each scored in the first inning, with Mitch Keniston and Marcus Richer picking up RBI singles.

Keniston reached base four times in the game and scored four runs. He had two singles, reached on an error and was hit by a pitch. He also had four stolen bases.

Tupper Lake’s leadoff hitter Devin Larson, who picked up the win on the pitcher’s mound, also got on base three times and scored three runs. He reached on two errors and a single.

Larson has been playing especially well lately, according to his coach.

“Just about everyone on the team’s hitting the ball well, but Devin Larson has about 10 hits in the last three games,” Tower said. “He’s really on a tear. He’s taken it upon himself to step up.”

Every Lumberjack hitter wound up getting on base and scoring at least one run. The game was ended after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

“The bats came alive and that’s what kept us right in it,” Tower said. “We still have a few quirks to work out on defense, but our bats really came alive. The bats were the difference in this game.”

Anthony Gibson took the loss for St. Regis Falls. Coach Wilbur Bailey said Gibson hasn’t pitched in a few years but did well and didn’t get enough help from the defense.

“We didn’t support him,” Bailey said. “We ended up hitting the ball halfway decent but we still have to catch the ball. We started a lot of young kids and hopefully next year things will be better, but this ends our season.”

St. Regis Falls, which has an extremely young team, dropped to 1-13 with the loss. It was the Saints’ final game of the year.

“We’ll build from this year to next because we have a lot of kids coming back,” Bailey said. “We’ll see what happens.”

Tupper Lake returns to action Tuesday on the road at Norwood-Norfolk.