Hot-hitting Hornets blank Storm baseball

SARANAC LAKE – Visiting Plattsburgh broke open a tight game by scoring three runs in the third inning to hand Saranac Lake a 6-0 defeat Thursday in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference baseball action.

The Hornets picked up a run in their first at-bat, pushed their edge to 4-0 in the third and then tacked on two more in the top of the fifth to improve to 2-0 in the league and 5-3 overall. After beginning with a road victory Monday, the Red Storm fell to 1-1 after dropping their home opener.

Despite the loss, Saranac Lake head coach Bryan Munn was pleased with his team’s play, although he added that the Red Storm needed to come up with more hits at key times in the game.

“We got guys on base, we just didn’t string hits together,” Munn said. “I liked that we did a nice job coming out swinging the bats. Our guys just needed to be a little more patient at the plate. I think they were a little anxious up there and found themselves chasing a lot of first pitches. Plattsburgh’s pitcher only threw 80 pitches in the entire game.”

Gerrit Rietsma went the distance on the mound to earn the win for the Hornets. He gave up just five hits.

Sophomore Tristin Fitzgerald had his varsity debut on the mound for Saranac Lake and worked five innings. He was replaced by junior Nick McCabe, who pitched the final two innings.

Plattsburgh finished with 11 hits, with Rob Hartman picking up the lone extra-base hit, a double, for the winners. Dylan Gunther singled and smacked a triple and Drew Sturgeon doubled for Saranac Lake, which finished with five hits.

“Our pitcher did a nice job in this game,” said Plattsburgh head coach Jim Manchester. “They hit him around a bit, but he beared down and got the outs when we needed them. We played pretty solid on defense and had some timely hitting.”

Leadoff batter Jack Tolosky scored two runs for Plattsburgh, including one in the first. Tolosky, a senior, and Rob Hartman paced Plattsburgh on offense with three hits each.

Saranac Lake returns to action today on the road against a strong Ticonderoga team. Plattsburgh’s next start is slated for Saturday in a home make-up game against Peru.

Plattsburgh 6, Saranac Lake 0


Rietsma and D. Hartman. Tri. Fitzgerald, McCabe (6) and Tre. Fitzgerald. WP – Rietsma. LP – Tri. Fitzgerald. 2B – R. Hartman (P), Sturgeon (SL). 3B – Gunther (SL).