Tigers sweep past Vinton High Lions in doubleheader 8-3, 5-2
By Mike Rizzuto
Sun Times Editor
The Field of Dreams Ball Park wasn’t a good place to be if you were a fan of Vinton High School baseball this past Tuesday, April 7, 2009, as the Lake Arthur Tigers swept to a pair of District 5-2A victories on the baseball diamond by scores of 8-3 and 5-2.
Tigers 8 Vinton 3
In the opening game of a baseball doubleheader, the Tigers of head coach Glenn Wood dismantled the Vinton Lions by a final score of 8-3.
The Lions jumped ahead in the top of the first, scoring a pair of runs to take a 2-0 lead before the dust around home plate had even settled.
But the Tigers rallied back fiercely and plated two runs of their own to tie the score at 2-2 after one inning.
After holding Vinton scoreless in the second, the Tigers added two more runs to take a 4-2 lead in this crucial district contest.
Vinton would pull within one run in the top of the fourth, but the Tigers would take total command in the bottom of the inning, pushing across four earned runs to grab a commanding 8-3 advantage.
That would be enough for Lake Arthur starting pitcher Josh Savage, who evened his record at 1-1. Savage gave up just two hits in his seven innings of work on the mound, while striking out seven Lion batters.
Lake Arthur was led offensively by Colby Lavergne, who had three hits and scored three runs. Teammate Aaron Bertrand was a perfect one for one and scored two runs for the Tigers.
With the win, the Tigers improved to 9-4 on the season and 3-4 in league play.
Tigers 5 Vinton 2
The Tigers made it a doubleheader sweep a couple of hours later, squeaking by the Lions by a final score of 5-2, as Colby Lavergne evened his record to 1-0 on the season in pitching a two-hitter and striking out nine Lion batters.
Lake Arthur broke open a scoreless game by plating three runs in the bottom of the third and added two more in the bottom of the fourth to take a substantial 5-0 lead.
Vinton would muster a pair of runs in the top of the fifth, but it would be too little, too late, as the Tigers rolled to the 5-2 win.
Lavergne helped his cause at the plate by going 2-3, hitting a home run and driving in two RBIs for the Tigers. Teammates Aaron Bertrand (2-3, two stolen bases, two RBIs) and Jacob Martin (1-1, two runs scored) added strong offensive support to the Lake Arthur attack.
With the win, the Tigers improved to 9-4 overall and 3-3 in District 5-2A play, while Vinton fell to 0-4 in the league.