Van Buren walks off with 10-9 win versus Washburn

VAN BUREN, Maine — Thursday, May 27, playing in a cold and blustery game at Van Buren’s baseball field, the Washburn Beavers and Van Buren Crusaders traded hits, walks and runs as well as the lead throughout the course of the game.

Trailing 9-7 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, Van Buren mounted a furious comeback to secure a 10-9 victory.

In that rally, Josh Smith reached first base on error when he hit an infield fly ball that dropped after tying up two Washburn fielders on the first baseline. Avery Ouellette and Sam Hebert both reached base on walks with Smith scoring on a passed ball. 

Pinch runner Brady Laplante scored the tying run on a balk that also advanced Sam Hebert to third. Sam’s brother Henry ended the game for the Crusaders’ with a single to left field that plated his brother.

Washburn starting pitcher Josh Jackson pitched five solid innings with a break in between before coming back in to pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Van Buren divided pitching responsibilities among starting pitcher Noah Martin, Henry Hebert (both sophomores) and closing freshman pitcher Josh Smith. Smith, who earned the win by pitching in the top of the seventh, helped himself out of a jam with a strikeout and fielded a comebacker to get the batter out at first for the third out. 

For Van Buren, hitting came from Eric Laplante and Sam Hebert, each with doubles and Quinn Smith who hit two singles. Henry Hebert, Josh Smith and Rudy Quinonez assisted hitting timely singles bringing Van Buren’s record to 3-5 on the season.

Washburn bats were led by Josh Jackson, who hit a double; and Julian Eckererria, who hit two singles and scored three runs.          

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