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Eagle baseball falls to Raiders

BRISTOL — The defending champion Mount Abraham Union High School baseball team’s magical two-year run through the Division II playoffs came to an end on Friday, when the No. 5 Eagles lost to No. 4 U-32 on an extra-inning walk-off homer, 3-2. The Eagles had advanced to that quarterfinal with a dramatic rally in their first-round game.
Mount Abe (8-10) twice took one-run leads vs. the 12-5 Raiders. In the first inning George Bailey walked, courtesy runner Foster Collette stole second and scored on Adam Whitcomb’s two-out single. 
U32’s Carter Pelzel homered in the third to tie the game, but the Eagles made it 2-1 on a walk to Jared Forand and two two-out singles from Dustin Whitcomb and Chris Wood. U-32 answered in the bottom of the inning on a single and Cooper Lamb’s two-out RBI double.
Bailey, who allowed six hits and two walks and struck out four, kept U-32 off the board until the eight inning, when Quentin Pelzel homered to lead off and ended the Eagles’ dream of repeating.
On Thursday, the Eagles rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to get past No. 12 Lyndon, 6-5. Wood lead off with a single to center, and starting pitcher Whitcomb drew a walk. A Coleman Russell groundout advanced the runners to second and third with two out.
Zach Hines then singled to score both runners and tie the game. After Hines stole second base, Keion Correll grounded to shortstop, and Hines scored the winning run when the throw sailed wide of first. Dustin Whitcomb earned the pitching win in relief. 

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