AU SABLE FORKS - Defense was the name of the game as the Patriots routed Lake Placid 13-1 in CVAC baseball April 30.
AuSable Valley pitcher A.J. Gordon got his second win in two starts, striking out 10 and allowing just two hits though six innings as the Patriots retired the side in the four final innings.
Meanwhile, the Patriots took advantage of several pass balls and errors and solid hitting deep into their lineup. John Sikander went 2-for-2, reaching base twice more on overthrows to first base. T.J. Burl added two RBI.
"Overall, we played good," said AuSable Valley head coach Randy Douglas. "We got everybody in to play and everybody hit the ball well."
"I don't think anybody knew we would be as competitive as we are," he added.
Frank Bazzicalupo struck out two and walked four through four innings, suffering the loss on the mound.
"Frankie pitched a good game had he had the back-up," said Lake Placid head coach Brian Brandes, noting how errors was his teams' downfall.
"We had two outs [in the seventh] and they scored four runs as we had four errors."
"They're a young team, but they never give up," said Douglas of the Blue Bombers.
AuSable Valley 13, Lake Placid 1
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Lake Placid 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 2 6
AuSable Valley 2 0 1 6 2 2 x - 13 12 1
Bazzicalupo, Tennant (5) and Morrison. Gordon, Bezio (7) and Taro. WP- Gordon. LP- Bazzicalupo. 2b- LaFountain (AV), Loreman (AV), Burl (AV).