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The Vermont Lake Monsters, Vermont's only professional baseball team, has begun their 2009 season. The Lake Monsters are an affiliate of the Washington Nationals and play in the low A level, short season New York - Penn League's Stedler Division. As of tlast week, the team was 8-8, and tied for second in the four team division with the Lowell Spinners, a Boston Red Sox affiliate. Both the Lake Monsters and Spinners trailed the division leading Oneonta Tigers by two games.

Last weekend Vermont played the Hudson Valley Renegades Like the season so far, the Lake Monsters split the four games.

Thanks to rain out on Thursday the two teams began the four game series with a doubleheader on Friday. Renegade hurlers Alexander Colome, Bladimir Florentino and Zachary Quate combined to throw a one hitter at Vermont to lead Hudson Valley to a 2-1 win the opening game. Colome started giving up one run and Vermont;s only hit in four and two thirds innings of work. Florentino followed with one and two third innings of hitless ball before Quate came on to finish things off with a pair of strikeouts. It was Florentino's first win of the year.

Trevor Holder, the Washington Nationals third-round selection in the 2009 draft, made his professional debut in the opening game of the doubleheader. The right-hander tossed three scoreless innings, striking out one and allowing just three hits. Holder, who managed to get inning-ending double plays in the first two innings and a inning-ending caught stealing in the third, faced just the minimum nine batters over his three innings of work.

Juan Jaime took over for Holder in the fourth inning and with a runner on first and two outs he lost the strike zone. After walking Eligio Sonoqui and hitting Brett Nommensen to load the bases, Jaime then walked Mark Thomas and Bennett Davis back-to-back to force home the Renegades two runs.

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