Red Storm batters fall to Sentinels

Saranac Lake’s Nick Munn swings at the pitch during Tuesday’s game against Ticonderoga at home. (Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

SARANAC LAKE — After winning their last three games, the Saranac Lake baseball team struggled to get the bats rolling and suffered a 5-1 loss to the Ticonderoga Sentinels at home on Tuesday.

“This is a frustrating one for sure. We had a good plan coming in,” Saranac Lake head coach Bryan Munn said. “We knew they were going to be tough. We beat them earlier in the year.”

The Red Storm found themselves in a hole early when Owen Stonitsch nailed a two-run home run to give Ticonderoga the 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

In the second inning, Kaden Darrah hit a double, and after reaching third base, he was able to score the Red Storm’s first run on a wild pitch to make the score 2-1.

The Sentinels’ Tommy Montalbano opened up the third inning with a triple and was eventually able to score. After a scoreless fourth inning, Ticonderoga piled on two more runs in the fifth to take a 5-1 lead.

Saranac Lake’s Ben Clark pitches the ball during the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game against Ticonderoga in Saranac Lake. (Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

Trailing by four runs, Saranac Lake found life when Cedar Rivers hit a double and Ben Clark was walked. The Red Storm failed to capitalize on the scoring opportunity after three straight batters recorded outs.

“We knew they were going to be good and they came to play. We didn’t get the timely hits today,” Munn said. “We had base runners in almost every inning. We just didn’t get that big hit or two, which would have changed the complexity of the game. But that’s baseball.”

Saranac Lake’s Brady Roberts put together a solid performance on the mound. Roberts pitched six innings and struck out 11 batters. Clark came in during the seventh inning and had one strikeout. Ticonderoga’s Nate Trudeau pitched a complete game and struck out nine batters.

Rivers led the way offensively for the Red Storm with two hits. The team finished the game with five hits combined.

With the loss, Saranac Lake falls to 5-4 on the season. The team will play their final home game today at 4:30 p.m.

“I think it’s a bump in the road. I think, yeah, we wanted to get this win. It would’ve been a big one for us, but we’ll regroup tomorrow,” Munn said. “We’ll have a good practice and be back here on Thursday and hopefully have a good game against Moriah and close out the season next week and make a run at the sectional title hopefully.”


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