The Lemont Ducks won both contests against the Clarence Coyotes on Sunday, edging them 3-2 in the first matchup and 11-9 in the second.
In the day’s first game, Zach Smeal won a pitcher’s duel over Clarence’s Andy Stover. Smeal tossed a complete game and struck out five, while Stover struck out four.
Lemont broke through with two runs in the bottom of the fourth on a single by Ben Ripka, but only for the game to be knotted up in the top of the sixth. The Coyotes welcomed RBI singles by Ben Verbitsky and Jordan Kebularack.
However, Lemont regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Zach Williams.
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While runs were hard to come by earlier on Sunday, that wasn’t the case later in the day.
The Coyotes jumped on the Ducks from the get-go, racking up a 9-0 advantage heading into the bottom of the third inning. A two-run triple from Verbitsky and two-run double by Dan Edwards helped break it open.
But the Ducks responded with two runs in the bottom of the third frame, three in the fifth, and six in the sixth. Lemont benefited from six consecutive singles in the bottom of the sixth to finish off the rally.
Josh Glunt earned the win for the Ducks. He entered in relief in the third inning and shut out the Coyotes, finishing the game.
Lemont hosts Pleasant Gap on Tuesday, and the Coyotes travel to Howard on Thursday.