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Leland and Gray Squeaks by SMS in a Thriller

May 27, 2019

STRATTON—The Stratton Mountain School Baseball team finished its season in exciting fashion on Friday, May 24, battling it out with nearby Leland and Gray. The game featured great pitching on both sides and ultimately ended in with Leland and Gray pushing across a run in the bottom of the 7th for a 4-3 victory. 

Joey Okesson `20 was on the mound for SMS, pitching a masterful game mixing a tricky curveball with a dominant fastball. All told, Okesson pitched six innings, threw 118 pitches, struck out 8, and only gave up 3 hits. He was aided by an amazing diving catch by Ethan Maiden `19 in left-field, which prevented a sure extra-base hit.
 
SMS started the scoring in the first inning when Okesson singled in Alec Nolan `20 who led with a base hit and stole second. Thomsen, the Leland and Gray, pitcher, also pitched a great game and held SMS scoreless through the fifth inning—giving up only one hit after the first. Leland and Gray took the lead in the bottom of the fifth when they pushed across three runs with the benefit of only one hit, capitalizing on a hit batsman, a walk, and a clutch hit. SMS came back in the bottom of the frame when Cole Paraiso `21 singlehandedly manufactured a run. He walked, stole second and third, and scored when he drew a pickoff throw from the catcher which got away from the third baseman. 
 
By the seventh inning, SMS trailed 3-2. With one out, Jay Poulter `20 singled and stole second. After a strikeout, Philip Farnsworth `19 stepped to the plate and drilled a two-out line drive to right scoring Poulter and tying the game. Okesson was replaced by Poulter in the bottom of the seventh due to his high pitch count. L&G scored the winning run when their runner on third base was granted home on a fake throw by SMS’ catcher and the third baseman faked a tag, which is illegal in Vermont High School baseball.
 
“It was a tough ending to a great game by both sides, but it did not overshadow the outstanding effort on the part of the SMS squad,” said Assistant Coach Jim Sullivan. “SMS ended its inaugural season with a 3-3 record and much to be proud of.”
 
Congratulations, SMS Baseball!
 
Stratton Mountain School is an independent boarding and day school that focuses on college preparatory academics and competitive winter sports. Located at the base of Stratton Mountain, SMS serves students in grades 7 – 12.
 
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