Baseball team’s winning streak extends to 4

With the temperature getting warmer, the sun is beginning to shine on the Spartan ballplayers.Castleton hosted a pair of doubleheaders this past weekend and looked to maintain its recent winning ways.

Thomas College was the Spartans’ first foe and victim to a complete outing from starter Jeremy Gilchris, who gave up eight hits, two runs and struck out three in an 8-2 win.

Senior outfielder Tim Zorio went 3-for-3 with an RBI, while Eric Anderson had a pair of hits and knocked in two runs.

The nightcap, however, produced an exciting finish as the Spartans were trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning. After Travis Bass was hit by a pitch and a base hit from Phil Puleo, catcher Ryan Bouck hit a two-out double to knock in both runs and win the game for the Spartans 6-5.

Rob Turner got the win in relief, and Puleo led the offensive charge with a 3-for-4 performance.

Carrying the momentum into Sunday, the Spartans met conference foe Maine-Farmington.

In game one, freshman pitcher Ken Cook squandered only four hits en route to a complete game victory over the Beavers 5-1. Behind run-producing singles from Puleo, Billy Bruneau and Jon Handy in the middle innings, Castleton stayed out in front and supported Cook’s outing.

The finale included a wild first inning in which the Spartans gave up two runs in the top, before scoring 11 runs on eight hits against three Farmington pitchers in the bottom half of the inning. Junior centerfielder, Chris Ragis, pounded a shot out of the park to cap the offensive explosion.

Craig Borgen, while giving up 13 hits and eight runs in five innings, received the 13-8 win for Castleton. Bass went 4-for-4 with three runs, and Puleo went 3-for-4 to go along with five RBIs.

Castleton, under ninth-year head coach Ted Shipley, improved to 15-9 with a conference record of 6-1. The Spartans hit the road to play Plymouth State today in a non-league game, followed by hosting a conference meeting with Lyndon State tomorrow.

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