The Vermont Lake Monsters got back on the winning track last weekend when they took two of three at home against State College, Pa., but it could be a case of to little, to late for the quickly fading Monsters. Even with the series win Vermont stood at 26 - 30 headed into ation this past Monday. And with just three weeks left in the season the Lake Monsters were in third place in the New York-Penn League's Stedler Division, five games behind front running Lowell with just three weeks left in their season.
The bat and the glove of Destin Hood carried the Vermont Lake Monsters to a 5-3 victory over the State College Spikes in the series opener last Friday night at historic Centennial Field.
With two runs in and the bases loaded with two outs in the fifth inning for State College, Hood made a diving catch of an Aaron Baker line drive down the leftfield line to end the inning and keep the Spikes lead at 2-1.
State College got an unearned run in the sixth inning for a 3-1 advantage, but Hood then tied the game with a two-run line drive home run over the leftfield wall. It was Hood's first home run with the Lake Monsters.
The game stayed 3-3 until the bottom of the eighth when Vermont loaded the bases on back-to-back walks and a J.P. Ramirez single with no outs. Hood then gave the Lake Monsters the lead with a sacrifice fly to centerfield and J.R. Higley added an insurance run with another sac fly to center for a 5-3 Vermont lead.
Clayton Dill (3-4) pitched the final two innings for Vermont, allowing one hits with one walk and four strikeouts for his third win of the season. Lake Monsters starter Matt Swynenberg had tossed four scoreless innings before being touched up for two runs in the fifth on a Pat Irvine solo home run and Brock Holt RBI single.