Consistency a struggle as Post 13 is swept
BENNINGTON >> After a win against Rutland last Tuesday, the Post 13 American Legion team thought things were starting to turn around after a 1-6 start.
Unfortunately, four games over the weekend — a pair on Saturday against Rutland Post 31 and a pair on Sunday against White River Junction Post 84 — showed the Bennington group they have a ways to go.
Post 13 was swept in all four contests, losing 9-1 and 10-3 to Rutland on Saturday and then 10-0 and 8-1 to WRJ on Sunday.
"We're not hitting with authority and we're hitting them at people. [The other teams] are making the plays, we're not," said Post 13 coach Jamie Carey.
As it has been for most of the season, Post 13 wasn't able to get hits with runners in scoring position. On Saturday, they combined in the two games to strand 15 runners against Rutland and then they left 10 more runners on base on Sunday.
"It's frustrating and it usually comes with two outs," Carey said. "It's why our batting average is low and we're not winning. In order to score runs, you have to get base hits [in bunches], you can't have it every third or fourth batter."
In the first game against Rutland, Post 31 took the lead 1-0 in the second inning with a Dalton Hotchkiss RBI single. But in the bottom half of the frame, James Marsden hit the team's first homer of the year, putting it into the net into left field to tie the score at 1-1.
But Rutland starter Jake Godfrey settled down and kept Post 13 off the board for the rest of the game, allowing only three hits and retiring the final eight batters he faced.
Hotchkiss and Pat Mumford did most of the damage for Post 31, combining for six hits. Hotchkiss was 3-for-3 with a double and two singles, while Mumford had two doubles and a single and a walk.
For Post 13, Damien Hessler was 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and Liam Center added a double.
In the second game, Rutland starter Andy Kenosh helped himself with the bat in the top of the first inning against Brody Farnum, crushing a three-run homer into the net to take an early lead.
Reece DeCastro made it 4-1 with another homer in the second and Rutland finished off a 10-3 win.
The Post 13 offense made an appearance with nine hits, including two each for Noah Normyle and James Reilly in the defeat. Normyle, batting in the cleanup spot, was on base all four times he came up, adding two walks to his line, along with an RBI in the second inning and a run scored in the seventh.
Reilly added a double and single.
On Sunday, the Post 13 offense was stymied in the first game as Hunter Perkins, a hard-throwing lefty for Post 84, pitched a five-inning complete game shutout in a 10-0 victory.
Perkins kept Post 13 off-balance all day, allowing three hits.
For Post 13, Devin Babson started, pitching his way out of trouble in the first couple of innings. In the third, Post 84 got three runners on two hits and three walks. Then in the fifth, Post 84 batted around to put the game out of reach. Babson was charged with 10 runs allowed.
Noah Normyle started the second game and kept Post 84 off the board until the third, when he allowed three runs on five hits. Noah Loomis also got his first action on the mound as well.
"There's flashes of brillance, but we need the good to happen in a row, it can't happen once in a while," Carey said.
Post 13 drops to 1-10 and hosts Bellows Falls on Thursday.
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