Keene/Westport wins opener behind long ball, squeeze play

It was long ball from Kevin Russell and Cooper Sayward that got the Eagles back into the game, and small ball that reclaimed the lead for the Beagles in beating the Panthers, 5-3, April 29.

Kevin Russell hit a solo home run after being brought back to the plate on a hit-not hit by pitch call in the bottom of the fourth, leading to a two-run inning after Sam Earle scored to tie the game at 2-2. Russell pitched the first five innings for the Beagles, striking out six and giving up two unearned runs.

Sayward then hit a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Beagles a 3-2 lead.

James Bell was unable to hold the lead in the top of the sixth as the Panthers were able to tie the game at 3-3.

Russell then led off the bottom of the sixth with a base hit, followed by a steal of second. He then made it to third on a fly ball by Bell.

The Beagles then went for one of their staple moves - a suicide squeeze with two strikes on the batter - with Dylan Boyle driving in Russell, who it appeared would have been safe on a straight steal of home, taking a 4-3 lead. Boyle later scored to give the Beagles the insurance run.

Bell then retired the Panthers in order in the seventh to earn the win.

Schroon Lake 14, ELCS 3

Tim LaRock collected the lone hit for the Lions as they were beaten by the Wildcats April 27.

The Wildcats scored in all seven innings, while the Lions pushed across one run in the sixth and two more in the seventh.

Joe Sullivan started on the mound for the Lions, and was relieved by Austin Morris and Spencer Crowningshield.

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