LAKE PLACID - A win in Tuesday's matchup against visiting Ticonderoga would have given the Lake Placid baseball team a share of the lead in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Division II standings.
The Sentinels pitching duo of Ryan Trudeau and Mike Graney had other plans.
Together, the two Ticonderoga hurlers gave up just two hits, struck out a dozen Lake Placid batters, and were backed up by an error-free defense in a 9-0 blanking of the Blue Bombers.
Ticonderoga’s Tanner Wright slides to beat the tag from Lake Placid pitcher Noah Mohr on a close play at the plate to score the final run of Tuesday’s game at the North Elba Show Grounds diamond in Lake Placid.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
With the victory, the Sentinels remained perfect in Division II with a 4-0 record and upped their overall CVAC mark to 6-5.
Meanwhile, the Blue Bombers dropped to 3-2 in Division II play and 3-5 overall on a day where they couldn't get the job done at the plate or in the field. The loss was Lake Placid's third in a row.
Ryan Damp and Eddie Kane picked up Lake Placid's only hits with a single each.
Ddefensively, the Blue Bombers committed four errors, including a dropped fly ball in the outfield that allowed two Ticonderoga runners to reach home in the first inning.
After taking a 2-0 lead in their first at-bat, the Sentinels plated six more runs in the third inning to take command. Ticonderoga added one more run in the top of the seventh to round out the scoring.
Trudeau threw five innings to earn the win. He struck out nine, gave up two hits and didn't walk a batter. Graney was just as successful in relief. Pitching the final two frames, he did walk two batters, but held the Blue Bombers without a hit and fanned three.
The Sentinels had nine singles in the game, and Trudeau helped his own cause at the plate with a single and three RBI. Miles Austin and Mark Donahue added two hits each for the winners.
Lake Placid used three pitchers in the game, and they all struggled with accuracy while combining to walk nine Ticonderoga batters. Damp got the start and went two-and-one-third innings to absorb the loss on the mound.
Chris Williams came in with one out in the top of the third and pitched until being replaced by Noah Mohr, who worked the final inning. Damp finished with one strikeout and Williams struck out two Sentinels batters.
"We knew this was a big Division II game coming here to play Lake Placid," Ticonderoga head coach Dan Dorsett said. "We keep track of those kind of things, and this was one game we really wanted. Our pitchers did a nice job keeping the pressure on Lake Placid today."
The Blue Bombers next play on the road Thursday against Peru.
Ticonderoga 9, Lake Placid 0
Trudeau, Graney and Bush. Damp, Williams (3), Mohr (7) and Kane and Preston (3). WP - Trudeau. LP - Damp.