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East Lyme rules the day

By Ned Griffen

Publication: The Day

Published April 26. 2014 4:00AM
Dana Jensen/The Day
East Lyme catcher Austin Toback tags out Ledyard's Nick Traystman to complete an inning-ending double play in the third inning of Friday's ECC Large Division baseball game. The Vikings beat the Colonels 13-2.

East Lyme - East Lyme High School turned an 8-1-2 inning-ending double play during Friday's game.

Ledyard made eight errors.

Factor in that junior C.J. Leindecker allowed just two hits over six innings, and the Vikings won 13-2 in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Large Division baseball game.

"We have the arms, and when the pitching gets going, it kind of eases that pressure on the defense," East Lyme coach Jack Biggs said. "That's what happened today. The bats came alive, so we had all three components working."

The Vikings scored in every inning as they kept the pressure on, while the Colonels were in a real giving mood.

"We didn't hit, we didn't field, and we didn't pitch very well," Ledyard coach Sam Kilpatrick said. "We had a bad day and they had a very good day."

Leindecker, a junior, struck out four and didn't allow an earned run. Pretty good for someone who played junior varsity last spring.

"He's a baseball kid," Biggs said. "He played a lot of AAU ball and worked over the winter time. He came back (this season) and has a very good slider and two-seam fastball."

East Lyme senior catcher Austin Toback said, "Every time he releases the ball, it comes in like a slider. He's got a really interesting release that makes him different from other pitchers, and we were really working on keeping the ball low and hitting his spots … He didn't miss his spots much today."

Toback had two hits, including an RBI double, with three runs for the Vikings (5-3, 3-0). Owen Tretter singled and scored three times while Logan Banker and Matt Spang both singled and scored twice.

Kavan Jakuba had an RBI single for Ledyard (5-2, 1-1).

The Colonels had a chance to score in the top of the second inning down 1-0. Anthony Viteritto doubled to start the inning and Andrew Byrd was hit by a pitch. Both advanced on a passed ball, but Leindecker struck out the next three batters.

"The team dug deep (and) got three strikeouts," Leindecker grinned. "I got lucky."

Tretter singled with one out in the bottom half of that inning before stealing second and third. He scored on a bad throw to third on the second steal.

Toback walked and Matt Spang followed with a pop fly behind second base that should've been caught for the second out.

Spang reached safely as three Colonels fielders congregated near the ball with no one calling for it.

Banker's grounder turned into a two-run error, giving East Lyme a 4-0 lead.

Ledyard got a run back with one out in the third inning. Jakuba singled, Nick Traystman was hit by a pitch and Jordan Kowalski reached on an error to score Jakuba.

Viteritto flied out to centerfielder Dean Beebe for the second out. Beebe threw the ball in to Leindecker, who relayed it home to Toback, who tagged Traystman out at the plate for an inning-ending double play.

"We've made a few of those plays," Toback said. "I think that was the fifth one that we made. … Our outfielders have really good arms. I give them most of the credit. I just make the tag."

n.griffen@theday.com

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