Service moves to 8-0; West, Dimond cruise to victories

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Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 7, 2023

Service 4, Eagle River 2
The undefeated Cougars scored the final three runs of the game, including a go-ahead rally in the fifth inning, to beat Eagle River for the first time since 2018.

Coen Niclai drove in two runs and Hunter Christian had one RBI as Service (8-0, 2-0 CIC) continued its best start since 2012.

Christian also pitched and threw three scoreless frames to earn the save for starter Andrew Hickman, who struck out five batters in four innings to earn the winning decision.

Eagle River starter Jack Molloy suffered a tough loss as he yielded just three hits in his five innings. He struck out seven and walked three.

Reliever Gene Mountcastle struck out four over his two scoreless innings for the Wolves (6-3, 1-1 CIC), who saw their six-game winning streak snapped.

Connor Lanehart and Josh Thompson drove in runs and Liam Lierman reached base three times and scored a pair of runs.

West 8, East 0

Caden Greenhalgh and Evan Fitzgerald combined on a 2-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts, with Greenlaugh going the first four innings to get the win and Fitzgerald working three innings for a long save.

Greenlaugh, who threw a legit 21-out no-hitter last year, racked up seven strikeouts and worked through some command issues with five walks.  But in the end, he got it done.

West (5-2, 1-1 CIC) scored thre runs in the first and third innings to salt this one away early. The Eagles managed just two hits and had *zero* RBIs, but parlayed eight walks, a few balks and four errors into eight runs.

Jack Boots scored three runs while Savion Bishop and Cyrus Clendaniel touched home twice.

East starter Edison Polanco pitched well in defeat, allowing just two hits and tossing two clean innings. The T-birds fell to 1-6, 0-2 in the CIC.

Dimond 11, Bartlett 1

Ryan Swanstrom was sensational as he pitched a 1-hit shutout with eight strikeouts.

He also helped himself out with a double and two RBIs.

Peyton Montagna went 2-for-4 with a triple, three RBIs and three runs scored. Gideon Lesslie and Shane Stephan also hit triples for the Lynx (5-2, 2-0 CIC), which moved into a tie for first place in the league.

Stephan continued to swing a hot bat, going 4-for-4 to give him hits in his last seven consecutive at-bats. Pama Brito drove in three runs and scored twice.

Bartlett's Nick Brandal rapped out his team's lone hit. Eli Corwin and Daniel Scott drew walks for the Golden Bears (1-7, 0-2 CIC).