LYNDONâ€“Despite being no-hit on Wednesday afternoon, the North Country Falcons took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh before the Lyndon Institute Vikings rallied to force extra innings, where they came away with the 2-1 win.
"The issue for us tonight was that we have not hit live pitching yet this year," said NCU coach Brian Bonvechio.
And he is not exaggerating either.
The Falcons have only seen pitches from Bonvechio and assistant coach Mike LaCourse, which makes it mighty difficult for players to be ready come Opening Day.
If the bats were not there, the defense and pitching were.
Twice in the game, in both the fourth and the fifth innings, North Country managed to wiggle out of bases-loaded jams.
In the fourth, crafty southpaw Joel Lemarche was able, with a little help from his D, to get out of the mess.
Shane Goodell, who came on to pitch in the fifth after starting in right field, replicated Lemarche's efforts to keep the home team at bay.
Meanwhile, the Falcons would score when Bryce Carter walked, stole second, and crossed the plate after the LI short-stop threw the ball away.
Lyndon tied the game on a fielder's choice in the seventh with two outs, then won the game on a two-out single in the eighth.
LI's starting pitcher David Guyer went seven innings and earned a no-decision.
Things went a little better for the JV boys, as they picked up an 11-1 win at home.
As this paper went to press, the Falcons (0-1) were squaring off with Vergennes at home.
They are slated to play again on Saturday morning Burlington at 11:00.