BENNINGTON -- In Post 13 coach Walt Parmenter's opinion, his team didn't play at its best during Sunday's American Legion doubleheader against South Royalton.
Sometimes, however, a team doesn't need its best to be successful.
Post 13 won its third and fourth in a row with an afternoon sweep, beating Post 51, 4-2 in Game 1 and 5-3 in Game 2, at Spinelli Field.
"[South Royalton] has improved since the last time we played them," Parmenter said. "But we're leaving too many men on base and that could hurt us when we play better teams."
Up by two in the fifth inning of Game 2, Noah Carroll came in to pitch for Post 13 (7-1). The tying run reached second base in both the sixth and seventh, but Carroll shut the door, getting a flyout to end the sixth and inducing a groundout to second in the seventh.
"Noah did a good job, throwing strikes," Parmenter said. "They got the tying run to the plate and he did a good job shutting them down. He's our relief man, we need to get him innings."
Carroll allowed only one hit and struck out two in his two innings. He threw 41 pitches, 25 for strikes.
"I was trying to throw strikes and make the defense make the plays," Carroll said. "It's incredibly comfortable having a great defense behind you that makes the hard plays."
Matt Parmenter started for Post 13, going five innings and allowing three runs on seven hits while walking four and fanning two.
"Matt struggled but when he needed an out, he got it," Walt Parmenter said.
After giving up a run in the first, Post 13 came back with three runs in the bottom half of the frame. The big blow came from cleanup hitter Tyler Kunzmann, who blasted a triple to deep right center, scoring Carroll and Cody LaFlamme.
Kunzmann also had a double in Game 2 to finish 2-for-4, but he, Carroll and Zach Bahan accounted for six of Post 13's nine hits.
"It takes more than one or two guys," Walt Parmenter said. "We have to have guys more involved. We're not attacking and being aggressive enough [at the plate]."
In the bottom of the fifth with a chance to firm up its lead, Post 13 loaded the bases with no outs but failed to score after an inning-ending double play.
"We need to start getting bigger hits in the clutch," Parmenter said. "We're still playing good defense and getting good pitching but we're struggling to hit."
On the other side, South Royalton pitcher Tanner Pratt was victimized by porous defense. He pitched six innings, allowing five runs on nine hits while walking three.
Post 51 (3-4) made three errors, two of which led to Post 13 runs. But South Royalton coach Jamie Tracy said that by not imploding, it gave his team confidence that they can play against anyone.
"We had a couple of miscues but we expect it," Tracy said. "It's what happens after is what matters. You don't give up and [we] didn't.
"This is a good team, they've been at the top of the league for four or five years," he said. "We're gaining respect and the attitude is better. That eventually will transfer into wins."
Bennington travels to Brattleboro Post 5 on Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. game.