BRATTLEBORO — Closer Michael LaBeau, who is a Bellows Falls Union High School graduate, fanned two batters in 1.2 innings of work and picked up his fourth save of the season as the Keene Swamp Bats downed the Vermont Mountaineers 5-3 in front of 1,463 fans at Alumni Field on Thursday night.
LaBeau entered the game with one out and runners on first and second in the eighth inning, with Keene leading 4-2. After Vermont scored on a passed ball in the eighth, LaBeau retired the Mountaineers in order in the ninth to tie Ocean State's Robert Hitt for the most saves in the league.
With the win, the Swamp Bats improved to 8-4 overall.
In 10.2 innings on the mound, LaBeau has struck out a dozen, walked two and given up 10 hits. He is 1-0 with a 1.68 Earned Run Average.
During the spring, LaBeau helped the Castleton University baseball team to a 33-11 record. The junior right-hander sat down 26, walked 10, went 4-0 and saved three games for the Spartans.