BELLOWS FALLS — The Post 13 American Legion baseball team started the season, falling in both ends of a doubleheader to Bellows Falls on Saturday. Post 13 lost 2-1 in the first game, then 6-1 in the second.
In the first game, Brody Farnum went the distance, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks.
Devin Babson and Nilu Chirchirillo each had a pair of hits, while Wyatt Whitman scored the run after reaching on a walk.
In the second game, Bellows Falls scored five runs in the third inning to pull away. Babson started and went four innings, while Jon Iris pitched the final two. Babson allowed all six runs, struck out six and walked one, while Iris had two strikeouts.
Post 13 had five hits in the second game, with Farnum leading with two. Iris, Damien Hessler and Chirchirillo each had a single hit.
Post 13 hosts Brattleboro on Thursday for the home opener at 5:30 p.m. at the Mount Anthony Union High School baseball field.
Vermont, N.H. split Twin State baseball
LYNDON CENTER >> Strong pitching led by Eamonn McCabe (St. Johnsbury) and Andrew Bortnick (Champlain Valley), and an excellent two-way effort by Kodi Smith (Hartford) gave Vermont a 3-2 win over New Hampshire in the second game of the 2016 Twin State Baseball Classic Saturday afternoon at Skip Pound Field.
New Hampshire scored twice in its last at bat to come from behind to take the opener 6-5. It is the second straight year the two states split the twinbill, all one-run contests, in the series that resumed after an absence of more than a decade.
In the second game, Smith, named the Vermont MVP in the classic, went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored. He opened the scoring in the nightcap and then closed out the one-run game on the mound with the save.
Smith led off Game 2 with a single and came around on an infield out to give Vermont an early 1-0 lead. The Green Mountain State went up 3-0 with two more in the fourth. With two down, Eli Baez (Essex) and Bortnick singled with Baez scoring on a third straight single by Sam Mikell (CVU). Smith's infield grounder went for an error to allow the third run come home.
New Hampshire made it 3-1 in the fourth with an unearned run off Bortnick, driven in on an infield ground out by Caleb Drouin. Cole Cruz, who went 2-for-3 in game two, singled home Kyle Shaw to bring the Granite State within one, 3-2, in the top of the sixth. With one out in the seventh, New Hampshire's Tyler Brown walked and one out later went to second on a hard single to center by James Salta (Laconia). Smith came in with the go-ahead runs on base to retire Kyle Shaw on a grounder to first for the save.
McCabe hurled three scoreless innings allowing one hit and a walk while striking out three to earn the victory. Bortnick followed him for the next two frames and struck out four, allowing just the unearned run in the fourth.
In the opener, New Hampshire had a 2-1 lead through three on RBIs by Drouin and Cruz before Vermont scored three times in the top of the fourth. Jason Chrisman doubled with one out and was followed three straight run-scoring singles by Henry Cunningham (South Burlington), Baez and Smith to go up 4-2.
New Hampshire tied it in its half on the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Drouin and a two-out RBI single by James Salta.
In the sixth, Smith walked with one out, stole second and came in on a two-out RBI single by Matt Page (Blue Mountain) to put Vermont on top 5-4. Hew Hampshire rallied again to take the lead on a two-run double by Cruz with two outs in its half of the sixth. Vermont had its first two hitters reach in the seventh but Brown put away the next three to seal the 6-5 win.
Brown picked up the win for New Hampshire and Ben Sykes (North Country) too the loss. Cruz, named the Granite State MVP, finished game one 2-for-2 with a walk and the two RBI and wrapped up the twinbill 4-for-5 with three of New Hampshire's nine stolen bases.
Mark Connor (BFA St. Albans) went 2-for-2 at the plate while Smith and Chrisman each singled and doubled in three trips as Vermont had 10 hits in game one.
Mount Anthony's Noah Normyle was a part of the Vermont team.
Marauders begin summer season
BENNINGTON >> The Bennington Marauders begin its summer season on Monday, June 20. The season runs from June 20 to August 7.
The Marauders offer four different swimming levels and swim lesson options. Practices will be Monday-Friday from 4:15-5:30 p.m. (days and times will vary based on level).
All interested swimmers (including swim lesson level) are welcome to come try three practices before making a commitment.
The team swims its home meets at the Bennington Rec Center and the first one is Tuesday, June 28 at 5 p.m.
For more information, please email Coach Nicole Goswami at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BLR returns for fifth year
BENNINGTON >> The fifth annual Blue Lollipop Road Play it Forward alumni soccer game will take place on July 9 at 2 p.m. at Willow Park in Bennington. The event is in memory of two Mount Anthony soccer players who died while still in school.
Registration for the event is $35 and includes a 2016 Play it Forward jersey. Two scholarship winners will also be presented and there will be a kids fun run at halftime of the game. T-shirts can be purchased for $20.
All the money raised via registration and shirts will go to a Mount Anthony school group going to Nicaragua for volunteer work in February.
On Friday night, there will be a welcome back block party at Ramunto's and after the game, there is plans for celebration cocktails at Pangaea in North Bennington.
For more information, contact Diane Peacock at 804-339-6514 or go to bluelollipoproad.com.
Lady Patriot basketball camp
BENNINGTON >> The Lady Patriot basketball camp will take place from June 27 to July 1 at Mount Anthony Union High School.
The camp is for children from kindergarten to sixth grade. Players in K-3 go from 8 to 10:30 a.m., while 4th-6th is from 10:45 to 1:45 p.m.
The cost for the camp is $85, which includes a T-shirt and a basketball.
The focus of the camp will be on skill development and fundamentals.
For more information, contact MAU girls basketball coach Dan Sleeman at email@example.com or 802-447-1899.
Travel softball team seeks players
BENNINGTON >> If you're a girl who loves softball and are looking for more games after your school season ends, then travel softball is for you!
The New England Alliance team is looking for more players. If you're a motivated, committed, hardworking athlete, and want to play softball this summer, contact head coach Stacy Riche at 518-796-1521.
The 14-and-under New England Alliance is traveling to Keene and Hampton Beach, N.H., as well as Glens Falls and Amsterdam, N.Y. To culminate the season, we travel to Eastern Nationals in York, Pa. Try outs will be on June 16 in Salem from 6-8 p.m.
Youth lax camp at Willow Park
BENNINGTON >> The Southern Vermont Youth Lacrosse camp for boys will be held in Willow Park from July 11 to July 14.
The camp for players ages 6-8 will attend from 9 to 11 a.m. while the 9-16 age group will attend from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
A great camp to introduce the sport of lacrosse to new players and equipment is available for those who need it.
The cost is $75 for 6-8 year olds and $150 for 9-16 year olds.
College lacrosse camp upcoming
BENNINGTON >> Former Mount Anthony and current University of Arizona assistant men's lacrosse coach Paul Reif will return to Vermont for a two-week clinic this summer, starting on June 21, 22 and 23 and then on June 27, 28 and 29 from 5-7 p.m. at Willow Park.
The camp will consist of six 2-hour college-style practices conducted by current and former college coaches and players. The focus will be on advanced individual and team skills, including terminology and concepts.
There will be individual evaluations and information on the recruiting process.
The camp will take place at Willow Park and is for high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors. The cost is $100 for field players and $50 for goalies.
For more information or to register, contact Reif at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern Vermont football camp
MANCHESTER >> The Sparxx Athletics football camp for youth players will run from July 11 to 14 at Taylor Field on the campus of Burr and Burton Academy.
The camp, which goes each day from 5 to 8 p.m., will showcase the top college and high school football players in the area in a hands-on experience to improve the grassroots of football.
The cost to attend the camp is $100, and $125 after June 1.
Werner holding annual soccer camps
ARLINGTON >> Retired Arlington and Castleton soccer coach John Werner will again be running soccer camps locally. Werner and his experienced staff are committed to providing a quality camp experience, with the emphasis on learning and fun, at a reasonable cost.
The three camps are as follows:
The Battenkill Soccer Camp for those entering grades 1 through 8 will be held the week of July 18 from 9 a.m. until noon at Greenwich Central School in Greenwich, N.Y. This camp emphasizes the technical development of each player as well as small group tactics. The co-director is Coach Tim Kelleher, Greenwich varsity boys coach.
The Arlington Soccer Camp for those entering grades 1 through 8 will be held the week of Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. until noon at Arlington High School. This camp also emphasizes the technical development of each player as well as small group tactics.
The Arlington Senior Soccer Camp for those entering grades 9 through 12 will be held the week of Aug. 1 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Arlington High School. This camp includes position specific training.
For more details or sign-up information, go to johnwernersoccer.com.