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COATICOOK,QCâ€“On August 8th the O.E.C. Lightning traveled to Coaticook and came away with a very exciting win to end their season.
With the lead changing hands 4 times throughout the course of the game, it took the Lighting until the top of the 7th to finally put it away thanks to a 4 run outburst.
But lets go back to see how we got there.
In the top of the first Phoenix Malanga led off for the Lightning and the very first pitch he saw drilled it in the gap in left center for a double.
After straying too far off second, he was picked off, which cost the team a run as Colin Myrick also doubled, and went to third on a overthrow.
Andrew Gonyaw walked and was caught trying to steal second.
However, some good came of it as Myrick scored with the first run of the game on the play.
In the bottom of the first Coaticookâ€™s J. Raymond (first names were not available) lead off with a double against Lightning pitcher Bryce Carter.
A. Quiron and C. Marcoux both singled scoring Raymond and the game was tied 1-1.
It stayed that way until the 4th inning when both Carter and Kolby George singled.
They both scored on a hard single up the middle by Nick Baraw, 3-1 Lightning.
Coaticook answered in their half of the frame as C. Marcoux was hit by a pitch, A. Ryan walked, and after a double steal, M. Moreau singled both in.
After 4 innings game tied 3-3.
Going to the bottom of the fifth J. Raymond singled, was sacrificed over and scored on a single by A. Quironas the home took a 4-3 lead.
In the sixth George and Jared Hussey walked.
After George got picked off second, Nick Baraw walked.
Ben Myrick singled up the middle, scoring Hussey to know the score at fours.
Going into the bottom of the sixth A. Ryan walked, stole both second and third and came around to score on a error. Myrick then struck out J. Raymond, to limit the damage and hold the Coaticook lead to just one run.
Going into the seventh with Coaticook being three outs from a win, the Lightning went into Action.
Coaticook had their ace Raymond on the Mound, but it made no difference to the boys from Vermont.
Andrew Gonyaw walked followed by Bryce Carterâ€™s single.
Kolby George singled in Gonyaw with the tying run, and Carter and George ended up on second and third respectively.
Jared Hussey then drove in the winning and insurance run number one to give the Lightning the 7-5 advantage.
Ben Myrick then singled in Hussey, and when the smoked cleared it was 8-5 Lightning after 6 1/2.
After a lead off single to M. Landry in the bottom of the seventh inning, Colin Myrick retired the next three batters to record the win for the Lightning.
It was a great played game by both sides good hitting fine pitching from Bryce Carter and Colin Myrick for the Lightning. And great defense from both teams.
The Lightning had a very good season finishing with a 9 & 6 record. We will look forward to seeing these young men in action again next year.