Saranac tops LP in baseball

LAKE PLACID – A game that began as a pitchers’ duel wound up seeing two teams combine for 19 hits, and visiting Saranac Central came out on top, defeating Lake Placid 6-3 on Friday on the Blue Bombers diamond.

Lake Placid starting pitcher Shane McNierney and his defense were able to keep Saranac off the scoreboard through the first four innings, but the Chiefs plated six runs during the final three frames to rally from a 2-0 deficit and claim the win.

The Blue Bombers drew first blood in the bottom of the fourth when Noah Mohr knocked in a pair of runs. Saranac answered with three in the top of the fifth to grab a 3-2 edge, and tacked on three more in its last at-bat for a 6-2 lead. Lake Placid added a run in the bottom of the seventh to round out the scoring.

Austin Staley picked up the win on the mound for Saranac. He worked five innings before Nick Mather pitched the final two innings in relief.

McNierney turned in a strong effort as Lake Placid’s starter. He struck out nine batters before being replaced by Chris Williams in the fifth frame. Mohr came in during the seventh inning to finish the game on the mound for the Blue Bombers.

Trailing 6-2, Lake Placid threatened in the final inning. After pushing one runner across the plate, the Blue Bombers had two runners on base with the top of their order up. Mather, however, got the final two outs of the game on a fly ball to centerfield and a strikeout.

The Chiefs pounded out 11 hits, including four doubles. Nate Stanton paced the winners with a 4-for-4 performance at the plate and Josh Emerson added a pair of singles in the win.

McNierney and Conner Preston led Lake Placid with two hits, includng a double each. Alex Brandes also singled twice for the Blue Bombers, who fell to 0-2 in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference with the setback.