Farnum, Patriots best Bulldogs in baseball


MANCHESTER -- It wasn't that Mount Anthony Union High School baseball coach Walt Parmenter wanted to pile more pressure on top of starting pitcher Brody Farnum.

He just had to.

With the Patriots (5-8) up in the bottom of the seventh against Burr and Burton Academy (5-8) and the bullpen depleted due to a game the day before and a looming contest on Friday, Parmenter sent Farnum back out to the mound to finish the job he started -- and Farnum did just that.

Working through the top of the order, Farnum got the final three outs on just four batters to lift his team to a 5-2 win.

"It was huge for Brody to go the distance, we didn't really have anyone in the late part of the game ready to go," Parmenter said. "Brody has a lot of confidence out there. He works hard. He is one of the hardest workers we have."

Farnum also played a part in the scoring for MAU, driving in a run in the top of the seventh to make it 4-2 and give him some insurance heading into the bottom of the inning. Matt Upright also hit an RBI single in the inning that rounded out the scoring.

"That [hit] was huge for my confidence out there. It was 4-2 at the time, and [after Upright's hit] three runs was big out there," Farnum said. "I was facing the top of their order coming up, so I was like ‘yeah, let's get some runs.'"

And while it was a celebratory feeling in the away dugout after the game, BBA coach Tony Cirelli lamented his team's lost chances in the game.

"I saw that we left seven guys in scoring position and couldn't get them hom," Cirelli said. "[Farnum] did a good job of hitting spots and keeping us off balance, but we have to hit that type of pitching. I give him a lot of credit, he pitched a complete game against us and did a fantastic job, but we didn't put the bat on the ball."

Farnum gave up five hits in the contest while walking three and striking out two.

BBA got on the board first on one of the rare mistakes Farnum made on the day, as his attempted pick-off throw to first was put over the head of Ryan Latif, allowing Jeremiah Parker to come in from third.

The Patriots got the run back quickly, though, with an RBI double by Pat Powers off of Ryan Smith in the top of the third, then in the fourth MAU took the lead for good when Marcus LaFlamme and Latif each hit RBI singles with runners on first and second to make it 3-1.

"[The hitting] is great for the team," Parmenter said. "Usually It's either one or two kids, or it is nobody. I think everyone in the lineup participated for something [today]."

Cirelli went to his bullpen after the Latif hit, calling in Griff Stalcup to get out of the jam. Stalcup walked the first batter to load the bases, but responded by striking out Farnum then inducing a fielder's choice to get out of the inning.

BBA managed to pull one run back in the fifth when Cody Roberts hit a single that brought in Seth Wilkins, but the Bulldogs stranded Roberts at second in the fifth then left another runner on third in the sixth to seal their fate.

"We just played with no intensity today. We have to play better than we did today, bottom line," Cirelli said.

Smith came out with one out in the third, allowing seven hits, two walks and striking out one. Stalcup allowed five hits while striking out two and walking one.

Powers, Farnum, LaFlamme and Carson Cushman all finished with multi-hit days for MAU.

MAU returns to action on Friday at home, while BBA returns to the diamond at home on Saturday.


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