Thunderbirds turn the tide on Surge

SARANAC LAKE — After dealing the Plattsburgh Thunderbirds a 7-0 defeat on Tuesday, the Saranac Lake Surge were on the other side of a shutout decision Wednesday, falling 6-0 as the teams met for the second time in a six-game series at Petrova Avenue.

In the second matchup of their Empire Professional Baseball League homestand, the Surge could only muster up three hits against Thunderbirds ace Cas Sibler, who pitched a complete game victory that included nine strikeouts and just two walks.

Stephen Octave rapped out two of Saranac Lake’s hits and Daniel Dominguez notched the other.

Meanwhile, the Thunderbirds came in with hot bats and pounded out 14 hits.

Jordan Holloman Scott, Drake Sykes and Robbie Kellerman led the way with three hits each. Sykes finished with a triple, a double, a single and a pair of RBIs, Holloman Scott added a double and two singles and Kellerman had three singles.

The loss dropped the Surge back into fifth place in the league standings with a 13-15 record. With the setback, Saranac Lake is one game behind the Road City Explorers in the race to see what four teams will reach the EPBL postseason. The Explorers knocked off the New York Bucks 13-10, also on Wednesday, to jump ahead of the Surge.

Plattsburgh improved to 16-6 and remains at the top of the league standings.

The two teams will clash again Thursday at the at Petrova Avenue Field starting at 1 p.m.