McCullough leads Mountain Lions to first win
Using a strong pitching performance from Will McCullough and some timely hitting and patience at the plate, the Mountain Lions did just that, topping Arlington, 10-4, at the Arlington Rec Park.
"Will put the team on his back," said Long Trail coach Darrin Senecal. "We've been lacking strong starting pitching this year, walks have been killing us and we didn't see that today. [Will] was throwing hard and got us where we wanted to go."
Arlington scored a run in the first inning, taking advantage of a throwing error, but that was most of the offense as McCullough started to shut down the Eagles.
"He had a lot of first pitch strikes and that allowed him to throw the off-speed and get ahead in the count," Senecal said.
At the same time, Long Trail put up crooked numbers in the first three innings. In the first, they scored a pair with hits from Levin Coe and Colin Racine to take a 2-1 lead.
In the second, the bottom of the lineup got on by either walk or hit by pitch to load the bases with no one out against Arlington starter Wil Stewart. Coach Jamie Wright put in Kolby Wilkins to limit the damage and he did, getting McCullough and Coe to hit sacrifice flies and make the score 4-1.
The Mountain Lion offense broke out in the third with five runs. Wilkins walked the first three hitters in the inning and then Garrett Petrossi had an RBI hit, Carlo Muscarella walked to force in a run and McCullough had an RBI hit to give Long Trail a 9-1 lead.
"We tried to stay in the game mentally," said Arlington's Jack Lane, who went 2-for-4 on the day. "It's still the beginning of the season."
McCullough kept working along, stranding a bunch of Arlington runners. He stranded two in the third, two more in the fourth, two in the fifth and two more in the sixth.
McCullough allowed three runs on eight hits, struck out 10 and walked three.
"I think we're a little timid as hitters, but through the season, we'll get better at it," Lane said.
Looking for a complete game, McCullough allowed a single to Taylor Therriault and a RBI double to Stewart, so Senecal took McCullough out for Coe, who allowed a run, but finished off the game with a strikeout.
Nick DeMauro was 1-for-3 with a hit as a pinch hitter, while Racine was 2-for-3.
Therriault went 3-for-4 for Arlington, while Stewart was 2-for-3.
"We've had a bunch of close games already, we've been right there and finally today we broke through," Senecal said.
Arlington is 2-4 and hosts Black River on Saturday.
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