Surge stumble against New Hampshire

CONCORD, New Hampshire — The Saranac Lake Surge baseball team had a much better day on offense Thursday when it took on the New Hampshire Wild for the second day in a row, but it didn’t lead to a much better result, as the Wild posted a 7-3 victory.

The teams began a four-game series Wednesday at Memorial Field in Concord, New Hampshire, with the Wild coming out on top 9-0. In that contest, the visiting Surge only mustered up a trio of hits while being shut out for the first time this season.

On Thursday, the Surge rapped out 11 hits but still came up short to drop their second game in a row to the Wild while falling to 8-11 in Empire Professional Baseball League play.

Kyle Robinson and Hiroki Itakura paced Saranac Lake with three hits each, and Terrell Thompson and Taran Tani added two hits apiece in the loss.

The Wild improved to 9-7 and were led at the plate by Kenneth Hutchinson, who went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Charles Barebo also chipped in a pair of hits for the winners.

Connor Maguire was Saranac Lake’s starting pitcher and worked into the bottom of the sixth inning that saw the Wild send four runners across the plate to grab a 7-1 advantage. Anthony Shkrelja earned the win on the mound after also pitching into the sixth inning.

The teams take Friday off and play again Saturday and Sunday before the Surge return home for a series against the Puerto Rico Islanders at Petrova Avenue starting on July 16.