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ConVal takes advantage of Conant miscues

Cougars score 12 unanswered runs in 12-2, six-inning victory

  • The ConVal baseball team defeated Conant 12-2 on Monday, May 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team defeated Conant 12-2 on Monday, May 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team defeated Conant 12-2 on Monday, May 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team defeated Conant 12-2 on Monday, May 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team defeated Conant 12-2 on Monday, May 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team defeated Conant 12-2 on Monday, May 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team defeated Conant 12-2 on Monday, May 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team defeated Conant 12-2 on Monday, May 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team defeated Conant 12-2 on Monday, May 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team defeated Conant 12-2 on Monday, May 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team defeated Conant 12-2 on Monday, May 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team defeated Conant 12-2 on Monday, May 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team defeated Conant 12-2 on Monday, May 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team defeated Conant 12-2 on Monday, May 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team defeated Conant 12-2 on Monday, May 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • ConVal junior Ivon Clough was 5-2 with a 1.58 ERA and also led ConVal with a .377 batting average.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team defeated Conant 12-2 on Monday, May 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team defeated Conant 12-2 on Monday, May 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team defeated Conant 12-2 on Monday, May 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team defeated Conant 12-2 on Monday, May 6, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

It was a game that both teams had circled on their calendars.

But only the ConVal baseball team will want to remember it. The Cougars scored 12 unanswered runs to defeat Conant 12-2 on Monday in a six-inning, mercy-rule shortened contest.

While ConVal had 12 hits on the afternoon and five that went for extra bases, the Orioles did not help themselves in the field. Conant committed five errors and a number of other mistakes that led to some tough situations for Conant starter Josh LeBlanc. And the Cougars took advantage of just about every one of them.

“I think every team needs to do that,” said ConVal coach Mike Marschok. “You take advantage of what you can.”

The defense was a little shaky on both sides in the first.

Conant leadoff hitter Kyle Dupuis got all the way to third on a ConVal error in the outfield. Senior Devin Springfield’s triple two batters later off ConVal junior Ivon Clough would score Dupuis for the game’s first run. LeBlanc’s double onto the JV lacrosse field made it 2-0.

But from there it was all ConVal. The Cougars wasted no time in tying the game in the bottom of the first. Mathias Fressilli’s pop-up behind second base was dropped. He moved to third on Clough’s one-out single and both scored on senior Zach Mackey’s single with two outs.

“I really trust my team and they picked me up,” said Clough.

Even after the tough start to the game, Clough did not let it rattle him. He retired the Orioles in order in the second and 12 of the next 13 batters overall. It would stay 2-2 until the third when things started to go downhill for the Orioles.

“There is a lot of game left after the first inning. A lot of game so you can’t give up,” said Clough.

LeBlanc struck out Will McPhee to begin the last of the third, but the dropped third strike was thrown over Springfield’s head at first. A second straight strikeout still did not result in an out, as LeBlanc’s third strike went for a wild pitch. Tyler Aborn roped a double to left-center to score both McPhee and Fressilli. Senior Harrison LeFlem also doubled to knock in a run, while Joe Edwards’ first of three hits made it 6-2.

“I have to give a high mark to my team because they came out swinging and put the ball in play,” said Marschok.

Clough struck out the final two hitters of the third and then all three batters in the fourth and fifth innings.

“I saw they were ahead of the ball looking for fastballs so I gave them something different,” said Clough.

A leadoff error in the bottom of the fifth helped lead to ConVal’s seventh run after Edwards singled to score LeFlem, which was the last batter LeBlanc would face.

With one-out in the sixth, after another error and hit by pitch, the ConVal bats got real hot. Clough knocked in two with a single and Mackey’s two-out single drove in Clough. Edwards’ double made it 11-2 and Taylor Doyle’s shot to deep left-center — which would have gone for a home run — ended the game.

“It wasn’t even on my mind going into the inning,” said Marschok. “But we got some runs and before you know it Taylor’s up to bat with the 12th run at second base.”

Clough struck out 12 over his six innings, allowed just two hits and two runs, only one earned. He did not allow a hit after LeBlanc’s one-out double in the first. After the first, he retired 15 of the final 17 batters — the only two reaching on errors.

“He’s pitching like one of the best in the state,” said Marschok. “He didn’t get rattled in the first inning. He just kept throwing strikes and getting outs.”

Only four of LeBlanc’s seven runs allowed were earned, as the senior stuck out five and did not walk a batter.

Edwards finished with three RBIs. Mackey also drove in three with his two hits. Of ConVal’s nine starters, seven recorded at least one hit or scored a run.

ConVal travels to Sanborn today and Conant will play Mascenic at the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday.

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