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Breaking through for their first win of the summer, the Norfolk Rovers handed the Ogdensburg Maples their first loss in an 4-2 18 Under Baseball decision at Father Martin Park on Wednesday.

Winning pitcher Jake Vierno and Issac Ward stroked singles in a decisive three-run third inning where the Rover capitalized on a wild pitch on a third strike, a hit batsman and an infield throwing error.

“This was just basic baseball tonight. Their pitcher threw well and they made the plays in the field that they needed to make and they deserved to win,” said Maples Coach Steve LaRose.

Vierno sealed a complete game win by striking out the side in the bottom of the seven inning and finished with a six-strikeout six-hitter. The Maples’ combination of Alex Hayes (5 innings) and Jordan Miller (2 innings) allowed eight hits.

Ward stroked two singles for the winners, Mike Burns doubled and Hayden St. Hillaire, Isaiah Dillabough, Zach Brock, Josh LaShomb and Vierno all added one single.

The Maples, who visit Plattsburgh today, scored both of their runs in the fourth inning where Andrew Cole drilled a double and Jordan Miller singled. Mike Martin singled twice on the night and Bryant Wentworth and Lefty Arsenault each stroked singles.

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