GREENPORT -- The Hudson River Collegiate Baseball League’s top two teams met for the battle for first place on Monday. The Rattlers held a half a game lead on the surging Storm, who were the winners of seven games in a row. Sloppy defense by the Storm gave the Rattlers the advantage and ultimately the victory, 8-2.
Rattlers coach Joe Braim sent Carter Sorensen to the mound with instructions to shut down the league's hottest team. Sorensen, who has committed to play baseball at SUNY New Paltz, pitched six complete innings, allowing just two hits with three strikeouts, three walks and two runs -- both earned. Union College's Colby Nash entered to pitch the last innings and had one walk.
SUNY Canton’s Derrek DuPont took the hill for the Storm. DuPont pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up eleven hits, striking out two, walking three and allowing six earned runs. SUNY Polytechnic’s Noah Valvo entered and pitched 1 1/3 innings, getting one strikeout, giving one walk, allowing four hits and two runs. Union Colleges, Adam Hall Pitched 1/3 of an inning and struck out the only batter he faced.
The Storm’s offense was quiet with only two hits. Derrek DuPont was 1 for 3 with a single. Columbia-Greene Community College's Matt Gaebel went 1 for 3 with a single and an RBI.
The Rattlers had 15 hits. Matt Dagostino went 3 for 3 with two singles, a double and an RBI. Jake Deziel of Fisher College and Ichabod Crane High School’s Rama Culver went 2 for 4 with two singles, Wells College's Tanner Dunkel was 2 for 4 with two singles and an RBI, Mike Reith From Fulton-Montgomery Community College was 2 for 3 with two singles, Colby Nash went 1 for 4 with a single, Quinn Pratico from Maple Hill High School was 1 for 3 with a single, Kyle Welch from Bryant & Stratton College of Albany singled and had two RBI and Carter Sorensen doubled and had two RBI.