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ConVal rallies for win

LeFlem knocks in go-ahead run in 6th to beat Sanborn 7-6

The ConVal baseball team picked up its sixth straight win on Monday, using a sixth inning rally to defeat Sanborn 7-6.

But the Cougars also put themselves in a position to potentially reach as high as fourth in the Division II standings. With two regular season games remaining, ConVal — now 10-4 after the come-from-behind victory — can clinch a top-four seed by winning out and earn the right to host two tournament games.

Sitting in fifth place entering play on Wednesday, the Cougars only trailed Windham by one win for fourth. And ConVal could leapfrog the Jaguars with a victory today at home between the two programs.

If ConVal wins its final two games and reaches 12-4, no team behind them could surpass its rating for the fourth seed.

But it almost looked like the Cougars would be out of the running late in Monday’s contest. The Cougars trailed 6-3 entering the last of the sixth and saw its season-best win streak in jeopardy.

Then junior Ivon Clough tripled to knock in two runs to tie the game at six. Senior Harrison LeFlem once again came up with a key hit late, singling home Clough with what proved to be the game-winner.

After Sanborn scored four in the first, the Cougars responded with three of their own in the last of the frame. Clough tripled home Mathias Fressilli and Tyler Aborn and LeFlem’s RBI single made it 4-3.

Joe Edwards allowed one run on two hits in four innings of relief, while Taylor Doyle pitched the final two and picked up the win.

ConVal travels to Sanborn on Friday for the final game of the regular season. The D-II tournament begins Thursday.

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