Worcester Bravehearts, Vermont Lake Monsters, Futures Collegiate Baseball League

After a slow start as the expansion club of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, the Vermont Lake Monsters are now the most prominent team.

The Worcester Bravehearts found out on Saturday night in the first of the team’s two-game weekend series. The Lake Monsters extended their winning streak to 12 with a 5-3 victory over Worcester at Centennial Field in Burlington, Vermont.

The winning streak continues despite Worcester defeating Vermont, 11-4. The Lock Monsters (24-18) are now second in the FCBL, just a game and a half behind Brockton, first.

The Bravehearts (21-19), fourth, return Sunday for a start at 5 p.m. with Vermont.

Despite the loss, Randy Flores continues to thrive at the start of Worcester, going 3 for 4 with a run, RBI and another stolen base, bringing his batting average to 0.330 with 14 stolen bases. In four games since the all-star break, Flores, who has her second straight three-hit night on Saturday, is 8-for-16.

Zach DeMattio and Kenny Mallory Jr. each had two hits for Worcester.

Assumption left-hander Jack Choate got the call on the Bravehearts’ first visit to Vermont, and in addition to allowing a pair of unearned runs in the third inning, he pitched as his FCBL All-Star player. He allowed just those runs and two hits in five innings while striking out nine.

Vermont took a 2-0 lead in the third on Justin Rubin’s two-out single to right fielder, entering an inning when Darren Hagan’s cross was misinterpreted in a two-goal error.

The Bravehearts picked up one in their fourth, when Andrew Selima was hit with a pitch, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Mallory’s double to the left.

The Lake Monsters added three runs in the sixth, two from Croix Jenkins of Barre, who only struck out one batter, and one from Tyler Mudd of Shrewsbury. Jenkins walked three of the four men he faced, and Mudd gave Tom Veskosky a three-point brace.

Flores scored in the seventh to make it 5-2 after his third hit of the night. He took second place on Tayven Kelley’s single and crossed Gavin Noriega’s hit on the shortstop.

Flores then used her flicker to close Worcester within two, walking with bases loaded and two out in the eighth, but the Bravehearts left them loaded after Kelley struck.

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