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U18 Voyageurs take three of four from the Yankees
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A pair of outstanding pitching performances highlighted a very strong opening weekend of PBLO (Premier Baseball League of Ontario) play for the Sudbury U18 Voyageurs, taking three of a four game home set from the visiting Ontario Yankees.

Callum Baron laid the groundwork in game one, surrendering just one run on four hits while striking out five over six innings of work in a 3-1 Sudbury win while Nicholas Signorile went the distance in game four, also tagged for just one run on four hits in an 8-1 victory.

Brady Soucy picked up the save in relief of Baron as Sudbury scored twice in the bottom of the first, their three runs coming courtesy of the three batters at the top of the order: Noah Leveillé, Devan Madore and Alex Frawley.

The Voyageurs concluded the Saturday sweep with a come-from-behind 7-4 triumph, scoring five times in the bottom of the sixth inning to erase a 4-2 deficit. Madore smacked a double and single in driving in three, with Noah Portelance also enjoying a multi-hit game.

Félix Aubin and Nicholas Signorile crossed the plate twice each as Noah Leveillé closed out the game on the mound for the locals, conceding one run on two hits, a pair of walks and three strikeouts in two and two third innings of work.

The sole Yankees win was essentially no contest on Sunday as the visitors scored four times in the second and added a pair in every one of the final four innings, blasting the Voyageurs 12-5.

Though Sudbury was dead even with the Yanks in hits (eight each), walks were a clear culprit as Voyageurs' pitchers gave up no less than 15 free passes, offsetting the offensive contributions of Callum Baron (2 hits and a run), Alex Frawley (2 hits) and Noah Leveillé (hit and 2 RBIs).

Come the series finale, the Voyageurs were firing on all cylinders, with pretty much the entire lineup getting in on the fun: Will Arsenault (2 hits, 2 runs); Alex Frawley (hit and 3 walks, 2 runs and an RBI); Jack Barber (2 hits and a walk); Noah Portelance (hit and 2 runs); Devan Madore (hit and a run) - all in support of Signorile, who remained just under the century pitch count.

The U18 Voyageurs are on the road this weekend for a rematch with the Ontario Yankees and a pair of games opposite the Ottawa Nepean Canadians, returning home on the 18th/19th for a three game set with the London Badgers.

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