Kingsford rallies past Braves
LaVarnway delivers game-wining double
QUINNESEC — Kingsford rallied from a two–run deficit and defeated Gladstone 7-6 on senior Nolan LaVarnway’s bases-loaded walk-off double on Tuesday.
“The nice thing about the win was that it happened when we were down in the last inning,” said Kingsford coach Matt LaLonde. “We needed to prove to ourselves that good things can still happen when we have errors and mistakes.”
The Flivvers took an early lead in the bottom of the second inning on Sawyer Pugh’s two-run single, scoring Riley Juneau and Connor Erickson. The Braves came back, however, and led 6-4 entering the final frame.
After holding Gladstone scoreless, the Flivvers loaded the bases with no outs. A walk generated by Dennis Neuens brought in Andrew Paupore. With two strikes on him, LaVarnway laced a shot over the centerfielder, scoring Nathan Bousley and Pugh.
“Nolan has been having a lot of success so far this year so it made it a great highlight moment for him,” LaLonde said. “I am proud of him for standing in there with two strikes and delivering that shot.”
On the mound, Paupore worked the first four innings, allowing two hits, walking four, and fanning six. Pugh pitched the final two innings, giving up three hits, walking one and whiffing one.
At the plate, Pugh, LaVarnway and Paupore all had two hits apiece. The rest of Kingsford’s 10 hits came from Neuens, Erickson, Bousley and Henry McRoberts.
Gladstone pitchers had three walks and one strikeout.
Gladstone 0 0 1 3 2 0 — 6
Kingsford 0 2 1 1 0 3 — 7