NEWPORTâ€“Even though the score board (while it was still on) read 10-0 in favor of the visitors, it really did not describe the play of the Falcons' baseball team on Saturday.
North Country played solid defense and they had a great attitude, but South Burlington was able to get runners on base and find a way to bring them home.
"We didn't play that badly," said coach Brian Bonvechio. "There were no glaring mistakes, they just had some balls fall in that were not particularly well hit, and we did not get those hits."
He went on to talk about the Falcons'Â preparation for the game, which has improved in recent games.
"We were here at 2:00 this afternoon, some guys at 1:00, and we worked very hard and were much more prepared to play, and although we did not execute the way we would have liked, there were definitely some positive signs."
The Seahorses used a balanced attack, scoring in each of the first six innings to control the game from start to finish.
North Country managed just four hits on the afternoon, and Jon Boyer took the loss for the Falcons.
Will Coles earned the win for South Burlington.
On Thursday the Falcons came oh so close to completing the comeback win against Milton, but came up just short in their quest, dropping the game 7-6.
Nate Stewart's game tying home run in the top of the seventh finished erasing Milton's five run lead, but Jeff Cook hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom half of the frame, scoring Falcon football nemesis Mike McClellan for the win.
In some good news for the Falcons, after a year of college baseball that took him all across the country, Tom Blake is back with the team serving as an assistant coach.
"It is good to be back with the team and share the knowledge that I gained this year playing college ball," said Blake after Saturday's game.
Said Bonvechio on the addition of Blake to the staff, "Tom is such a breath of fresh air. He is a great guy who understands the game of baseball and having him around frees up Mike (LaCourse) to be in the dugout while we're at the plate."
The 1-6 Falcons now have a full week of baseball to get ready for, starting with CVU at home tomorrow at