Vermont Lake Monsters claim early division lead

The Vermont Lake Monsters won 7 of their first 10 games and as of Monday morning stood at 7-3 with a two game lead over the second place Connecticut Tigers in the New York - Penn League's Stedlar Division.

The effort has been pretty much a team effort, which bodes well for Vermont if they lose some key players due to promotion.

Hurler Bobby Hansen is the only individual to lead the league in a major category. His 17 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings of work was tops in the league as of Monday morning. The last two of the first ten games was a two game split in Connecticut last weekend.

Below is a wrap up of the short series:

In the opener last Saturday Tiger's pitching held Vermont to just 4 hits, while their offense banged out a dozen hits to score 7 runs and cruised to a 7-1 win. Catcher Julio Rodriguez led the Tiger's offense going 3-for-3 with a double and he drove in a run. Shortstop Brett Anderson drove in a pair of runs with his solo hit in 4 trips to the plate. Centerfielder Jeff Rowland, third baseman Josh Ashenbrenner, first baseman James Robbins and designated hitter Matt Perry all drove in single runs for the victorious Tigers.

Starter Josue Carreno picked up the win to go to 1-1 on the year. Carreno pitched five innings of shutout baseball, allowing just two hits while striking out 7 and walking just two. He was relieved by Drew Gagnier, who threw two innings of hitless baseball, allowing one unearned run with two strikeouts and two walks. Kevan Hess then finished the game strong for Connecticut. Hess pitched the final two innings, striking out four of the final six outs, with two hits allowed but he issued no free passes.

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