NEWPORT–Triple plays are rare.
I think Taurus at it's full height must triumph over Aries and then trump Gemini, or something to that fact, for it to occur.
Well whether or not the stars were aligned, North Country pulled one off in the sixth inning of their game against Mount Abe on Friday.
Since I was over at the softball game at the time, I will let Nate Stewart, the guy who was in the middle of the action, tell you how it went down.
"It started with strike three on a squeeze. The I tagged the runner and I was like ‘I am going to try it.’ I faked the throw (to second) then fired over to third.
"It was the best feeling ever."
"Wow," said coach Brian Bonvechio.
The triple play was the lone bright spot for for the Falcons on Friday, as they fell to the Eagles 6-1.
Mount Abe went up 1-0 in the first as Wyatt Prue walked Ian Shaw who scored on a Nick Oulette single.
North Country answered for their only run in the bottom half of the inning.
Stewart led off by getting hit by a pitch from Eagles' hurler Tom Shahan.
He would later be retired 4-5, but Dan Decelles got a single and Taylor Sanville brought him home with an RBI double.
That would be the end of the scoring for North Country on Friday, but the Eagles picked up where they left off in the first, scoring the eventual game winning run in the second as Sawyer Kamman walked, stole second and came around to score on BJ Haskins single.
"Wyatt battled out there. He hasn't thrown a lot lately because of a pulled muscle in his back, so he probably wasn't as sharp as he would have like to have been," said Bonvechio. "He was good enough to keep us in the game, but we did not give him any run support."
The Falcons have had trouble scoring runs this season, but Stewart, who hopes to play today after leaving the game with an ankle injury, is confident that things will get better.
"We still like to watch too many pitches, but you can tell once we start swinging, we are a good hitting team and it is going to carry over."
Bonvechio knows his team can hit, but sometimes it just doesn’t go their way.
"This has been two games in a row where we have hit the ball harder than the other team, but we have scored one run and the opposition has scored fourteen.
"Last year we played at Mont Abe and hit five home runs. If we had played there this year we would have had another four more."
Now 1-9, North Country faces a tough opponent today when 8-1 CVU comes a calling at