BURLINGTON, VT --- Jimmy Evans went 3-for-6 with three runs, a double and five RBI, while Billy Oldham allowed one unearned run over the first five innings as the Lake Monsters used a pair of six-run innings to take game one of their Futures League semifinal series against the
BURLINGTON, VT --- Jimmy Evans went 3-for-6 with three runs, a double and five RBI, while Billy Oldham allowed one unearned run over the first five innings as the Lake Monsters used a pair of six-run innings to take game one of their Futures League semifinal series against the Worcester Bravehearts 15-2 Saturday night in front of 1,508 fans at historic Centennial Field.
After Oldham (Eastern Connecticut) worked out of a first-n-third, one-out jam in the top of the first, the Lake Monsters jumped on top 2-0 on RBI doubles from Evans (Tufts) and Colby Brouillette (BFA-St. Albans/Clarkson) in the bottom of the inning.
The Lake Monsters made it 8-0 in the second with the first of the two six-run innings. Evans smashed a two-run single off the second baseman for the first two runs of the inning before Brouillette, Brian Schuab (Trinity) and Andrew Bergeron (Georgetown) each had an RBI single.
The Bravehearts got a back in the fourth on a Andrew Selima RBI single scoring Zach DeMattio with an unearned run, the only blemish for Oldham who allowed four hits with one walk and five strikeouts to earn the victory.
Evans had an RBI groundout in the fifth for his fourth RBI of the game, then picked up his fifth with an RBI single in the seventh to start the second six-run outburst of the night. Chris Brown (UConn) and Brouillette had bases loaded walks in the inning along with a Bergeron RBI double.
Zach Landry (Worcester State) was 4-for-5 with three runs scored for the Lake Monsters, while Tyler Favretto was 0-for-3 but scored three times after reaching on two walks and a hit by pitch. The 15 runs were a season-high and the most runs for a Vermont team since August 3, 2018 when the Lake Monsters scored 15 vs. Hudson Valley in a NY-Penn League contest.
Vermont leads the best-of-three semifinal series 1-0 and will look to sweep the Bravehearts 5:00pm Sunday in Worcester. A Bravehearts win on Sunday would force a deciding game three 7:05pm Monday at Centennial, while a Lake Monsters win would put Vermont in the finals starting either Monday or Tuesday.