Lake Monsters walk-off in home opener


In the continuation of Monday’s suspended home opener, the Lake Monsters won their first home game of the season 5-4 over the Connecticut Tigers.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Payton Squier hit a triple with two outs as part of a 4-for-5 night including a solo homerun. With Squier on third, Tigers’ reliever Jhonny Mateo walked the next two batters to load the bases. Mateo then walked Jesus Lage on a full count to walk in the winning run in a walk-off win for the Monsters.

Squier’s homerun tallied 379 feet and it was the only one of the game. That hit tied the score 1-1 in the second inning.

Later in the fourth, Connecticut went up 3-2 when Jose King roped a 2-RBI double. The Lake Monsters quickly answered in the next inning, tying the score with an RBI single from Alfonso Rivas.

Vermont reclaimed the lead in the sixth inning with Marcos Brito knocking in the tiebreaker.

The Lake Monsters won it in the ninth as Squier tripled, followed by three-straight walks to seal a 5-4 victory for Vermont.

The Monsters improve to 3-1 after the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader.

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