NEWPORTâ€“The OEC Lightning Junior Legion baseball team squared off against the Montreal Rockies in a non-league doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at North Country Union High School.
After dropping the first contest 11-7, the Lightning's bats came alive in game two, as they went on to earn the split, defeating the older Rockies 15-11.
"Our entire team played up at the varsity level (minus Mitchell Gonyaw), so playing against older boys is nothing new to them," said OEC coach Jay Gonyaw. "Actually they did better today then what they had done against the younger Junior Legion teams that we've played, so it was a good showing for them."
One of the biggest factors in game number one was the types of bats used by the two teams.
In America, the composite bats that the Rockies used are illegal, and although several of the players on the Lightning own one of these bats, they elected to use wood bats.
After seeing what happened in the first game, and in the first inning of game number two, coach Gonyaw elected to let his players use the composite bats, since this was a non-league contest.
"The difference between a wood bat and a composite bat is a two-hundred and seventy-five foot out and three-hundred foot home run," Gonyaw said about what separates the two offensive tools. "They had a kid who hit three home runs today, and as soon as we started doing the same, it equalled the playing field."
In the first game, Colin Myrick got the start, and had two singles, Andrew Gonyaw had a double and a single, Kolby George had a single and two RBI's, and Bryce Carter, Seth Prue and Cody Chaput each had an RBI with Seth and Cody getting theirs on singles.
In the second game, Chaput would come on in relief of Ben Myrick and get the win while adding a single.
Andrew had the hot bat in game two, as he blasted a solo shot and drove in another run with a single.
"I have been comfortable the last few games and I have been coming down to take extra batting practice this last week," Andrew said about how he managed to stay so loose and hit well on Sunday.
Phoenix Malanga had a single, a double and two RBI's from the lead-off spot.
Ben Myrick contributed an RBI double, and three other Lightning also drove in runs in a very well-rounded attack.
The team will be back in action when they host the Vermont Outlaws on Tuesday at 5:30.