COLCHESTER — Saul Minaya’s 2-run double and complete-game 4-hitter led the Lakers past visiting BFA-St. Albans last Tuesday, 6-1.
Colchester broke open a 1-0 game with five runs in the bottom of the third after two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Minaya, who drove a double into center field to score Nathan Colgrove and Tom Vesosky for a 3-0 lead. Tyler Daniels scored to make it 4-0, and two more walks — three of the four issued by BFA came in the span of five batters — refilled the bases. Bobwhite senior Danny Reyome got the first out on a called third strike, but Minaya came home on Lucas McClanahan’s groundout and Isaac Hutchins drove Eben Provost in with a single.
BFA came back with a run after Colby Brouillette’s leadoff triple in the top of the fourth, and Will Harvey kept it within reach with three dominant relief innings, striking out six of the 11 batters he faced.
But the Lakers kept the Bobwhites off the scoreboard in the final three innings.
Two shots up the middle produced the one run, with Brouillette reaching third on his hit to deep center field and Tucker Gaudette following with an RBI sacrifice fly to center.
Minaya retired the side in order in the fifth, worked around a Jake Hall single and hit batter in the sixth, and followed another plunking in the seventh with a double-play grounder to Provost at shortstop to end the game.
BFA’s only hits came from the top two spots in the order, two each by leadoff man Hall and two more by Brouillette.
Neither team made an error on the rare, sunny spring afternoon, and Minaya did not issue a walk while striking out six.
Minaya also led the Lakers at the plate, collecting two of their three hits with a single and double, driving in three runs. Justin Datillo also doubled, while Colgrove, Hutchins, Provost, and Daniels singled.