BENNINGTON -- In the middle of a heatwave that's gripping Vermont, Bennington Post 13's bats have been just as hot.
Led by Wade Green's three home runs and seven RBIs, Post 13 swept Rutland Post 31, 11-1 and 14-0, in two shortened games.
"The bats got going and stayed going all day," said Post 13 coach Walt Parmenter. "We're going to hit the ball, definitely. We just hope we get decent pitching and hope our defense stays up like it's been."
In Game 1, Post 13 scored five runs in the first two innings off Post 31's Noah Rizio. Tyler Kunzmann drove in Tanner Williams with the first run. Then in the second inning, two walks came back to bite Rizio as Zach Bahan (3-for-4, 4 RBI) drove in a pair with a double to left-center.
"Zach is hot, on a roll, he also had four hits against Bellows Falls," Parmenter said. "He's had timely hitting for us as well."
Rizio only lasted 1 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on three hits, walking six and hitting two others.
"We got a [butt] whipping," said Post 31 coach Kevin Bellomo. "Rizio was off; you can't walk and hit guys."
With a quick 5-0 cushion, Post 13 starter Russell Krebs did a good job of keeping Rutland off-balance. He retired nine of the first ten batters he faced en route to a complete game effort, allowing one run on five hits and walking two.
"Krebs got a little lead and he relaxed," Parmenter said. With a little cushion, he's still good if he makes a mistake. He did a good job.
Krebs, a Mount Anthony graduate, pitched out of jams in both the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, Jim Winslow singled and Ryan Bellomo doubled deep to left to put runners at second and third with no outs. But Krebs muscled up, getting back-to-back strike outs of Quinn Curtis and Sam Major and inducing an Andy Cassarino lineout to third.
"It's pretty simple, if you dont hit the ball, things aren't going to happen," Bellomo said.
Then in the fifth, Krebs walked the No. 8 and 9 hitters and allowed a single to leadoff hitter Collin Clark to load the bases with one out. After a sacrifice fly got Rutland on the scoreboard, he struck out Bellomo to end the frame.
"Krebs did a great job of getting out of jams," Parmenter said. "He worked his pitches well, moving in and out and went with both his pitches in those innings. He was smart, he knows what to throw in certain situations."
After Krebs shut down Post 31 in the sixth, Bennington put the game away. Kunzmann was hit by a pitch and then Bahan homered into the net in left for a two-run shot. On the next pitch, Green hit the first of his three home runs, also into left.
"It's nice to see Wade come around, he's been in a little bit of a funk, but he's coming around the past three, four games," Parmenter said.
Catcher Cameron Bow had three RBI, one on a bases-loaded walk, another on a hit-by-pitch with the sacks full, and the third on a double to right-center.
In Game 2, Bennington won its 15th game in a row, 14-0 in five innings.
Green earned the win, pitching four innings, allowing one hit and striking out seven.
At the plate, Green was 3-for-3 with two homers and six RBI and also scored three runs.
Kunzmann was 2-for-2 with a double with three runs, while Shea Mooney was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
"We have to stay hot, we have a game on Thursday against Lakes Region and one Sunday against Hartford," Parmenter said. "We have to finish the week on a high and go to the state tournament."