TUPPER LAKE - The St. Lawrence baseball team rolled to a 9-0 victory over Tupper Lake on Friday afternoon.
Although the score was lopsided in favor of the Larries, both starting pitchers threw extremely well.
St. Lawrence's Devon Euto picked up the win with a complete-game one-hitter, while Mitch Keniston pitched five solid innings and allowed only one hit for the Lumberjacks.
Mitch Keniston allowed one hit in five innings for Tupper Lake during Friday’s home game against St. Lawrence.
(Enterprise photo — Mike Lynch)
Tupper Lake reliever Anson Gagnier also pitched well, allowing the other two hits in the final two innings. Both Tupper Lake pitchers were the victims of a sloppy defense that allowed unearned runs to cross the plate on errors.
"Mitch Keniston gave us a great performance, great outing," Tupper Lake coach Scott Tower said.
Tower said that the pitchers and defense should have done a better job holding runners on base. That was a problem as the Larries picked up numerous extra bases on steals.
"I think that made the difference," Tower said. "Mitch had a one-hitter when I pulled him out. They weren't hitting the ball on him. Our defense didn't really come to play."
Keniston struck out the side in the first and fifth innings on the way to fanning 11 batters.
Although Gagnier gave up three runs in the seventh inning, they were all unearned. He could have easily escaped the jam if the defense played more solidly behind him.
"He's young and he's learning and he's got a lot of potential too," Tower said. "I expect a lot of good things out of him toward the end of the year."
Euto struck out the side in the second, fourth and seventh innings on the way to fanning 13 batters. He relied on a fastball and curveball to pick up outs.
"The fastball was working, and then if I got two on them and I was ahead in the count, I'd curveball 'em," Euto said. "That was really working."
Larries coach Tim Wagner said that Euto's ability to get ahead in the count played a big role in his success.
"I think any pitcher feels more comfortable when you know you only need a strike or two versus when you're done and the batter knows you have to throw a strike - you're going to sit on it."
Euto was often ahead in the count but did struggle at times, walking five batters.
The Lumberjacks' biggest threat came in the bottom of the sixth inning when they loaded the bases on an error and two walks. However, Euto was able to work his way out of trouble by striking out two of the last three men he faced in the inning.
Devin Larson picked up the lone hit for the Lumberjacks, recording an infield single.
St. Lawrence was led by the first three batters in their lineup. Each reached base multiple times on a combination of errors, walks and one hit by Euto. They each scored a pair of runs.
The trio also each reached and scored in the first inning when the Larries jumped out to a 3-0 lead.
The Larries improved to 6-3 with the win while Tupper Lake fell to 2-6.
The loss ended a week during which Tupper Lake played five games in four days. Its lone win came Tuesday when the Lumberjacks defeated St. Regis Falls on the road.
Tupper Lake will try to find its footing on Monday when it hosts Chateaugay.