Lake Ariel opened its 2011 Wayne County Teener League season in fine fashion. The Cyclones scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to deal the Buccaneers a 4-3 loss.
The Cyclones opened their Wayne County Teener League baseball season in electrifying fashion this past week.
On Wednesday evening at the Lake Ariel Elementary School Field, Coach Mark Roberts' squad rallied in the bottom of the seventh to deal the Bucs a 4-3 loss.
"I'm pretty excited," Coach Roberts said. "We were a very young team last year, but now we have some experience under our belts. I think we're going to be competitive with just about everyone we play."
This win was the first of the summer season for Lake Ariel. The Cyclones are slated for a busy week with three games on the schedule: Re-Max (Tuesday), Forest City (Thursday) and Stars (Saturday).
"It looks like the league is going to be balanced this year," Coach Roberts said. "Tusten is probably the favorite, but everybody else is pretty evenly matched."
Joey Clauss and Matt Roberts combined to pitch an outstanding game for Lake Ariel.
A 14-year-old righty, Clauss drew the starting nod. Joey worked three scoreless innings and struck out four before handing the ball off to Roberts.
Matt cruised through the next three frames before a bad stroke of luck in the top of the sixth. Roberts was hit on the right hand by a pitch, but decided to tough it out and close the contest. However, his velocity suffered and the Bucs pounced.
Coach Rick Penwarden's lads scored three runs in the top of the seventh to tie things at 3-all. Roberts finished the game with eight strikeouts, but could only sit and watch as his teammates staged one last rally.
Third baseman Spencer Carey led off the home seventh with a walk, then promptly stole second and third. This set the stage for Sam Hoch to play the hero's role.
Lake Ariel's veteran outfielder delivered in the clutch. Hoch lined a single to left which plated Carey with the game winning run.
"The kids were really excited," Coach Roberts said. It was a great way to start off the season."
The Cyclones built an early lead, thanks in large part to key hits by Alex Fink and Joe Guman.
Fink, the team's shortstop and 3-hole hitter, blasted a double to the base of the fence in center. Alex then swiped third and Guman chased him home with an RBI single.
Score by Innings...
HON (1-2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 - 3
LAKE (1-0) 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 - 4