After going 7-8 through their first 15 games, the Castleton State College Spartans opened the conference play with a home sweep of a double header last Saturday over the Lyndon Vikings.
In the opener, Castleton rode a three run fourth inning to a 5-1 win. In the night cap the Spartans scored twice in their final at-bat to complete the sweep with a 7-6 win.
During the opening play, Castleton scored five runs on eight hits but that was much more than hurler Kevin Cooke would need. Cooke pitched all seven innings, giving up just one run on two hits while striking out an impressive 11 batters to pick up the complete game win. Over the first three innings Cooke was perfect, recoding six of his 11 strikeouts over that span. Offensively Matt Eisenhuth carried the load for the Spartans. The senior left fielder enjoted a perfect day at the plate, going 3-for-3 wit a double, rwo runs scored and he drove in one.
Only two visiting Vikings, Stetson Hicks and Ben Clarke managed to scratch out singles against Cooke, with Clarke's single driving in Stetson for the Vikings lone score. Shane Fleury started, and took the loss for Lyndon. In four and a third innings of work Fleury
Gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits before turning the game over to Isaac Earle, who closed the game out with one and two thirds innings of perfect basedall.
Things weren't so smooth in the nightcap Trauling 6-5 going into their final at bat the Spartans needed a seventh inning rally and they ot just that. With one out, Ryan Zielinski singled. Zielinski followed then stole ssecond and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Robert Trucott. Bissonnette, walked and Zielinski scored on a passed ball to tie the score at 6-6. Manley struck out and Castleton was down to their final out. Pinch runner DJ Detweiler stole second base. And then on the second pitch of an intentional walk to Eisenhuth, Detweiler stole third base to put the winning run just 90-feet away. After the intentional walk to Eisenhuth, pinch hitter Peter Wagner (Brattleboro) walked loading the bases for third baseman Kurt Hewes, who promptly singled to left, driving in Detweiler with the winning run.