Mount Anthony shuts down Minutemen

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BENNINGTON >> The Mount Anthony baseball team scored three runs in the first inning and batted around on Thursday against Mill River, thanks to five straight walks by the Minutemen starter.

That was more than enough for senior pitcher Austin Condo, who scattered four hits in a 15-0, six-inning win.

"My teammates did great hitting the ball," Condo said. "We just got ahead early, I threw strikes and let my defense make the plays."

The first two hitters in the bottom of the first, Carter Bentley and Condo, both hit rocket shots, but a great play from Mike Morgan on a comebacker and then a leaping grab by Jake Nichols, the first baseman, gave Morgan two outs right away, but then Pat Powers looped a single to left-center and then the wheels came off as Morgan struggled to find the plate with the five walks. James Marsden and Ryan O'Neill got RBIs in the process for a 3-0 lead.

"Scoring in the first inning sets the tone of the game," said MAU coach Walt Parmenter. "We started slow the other games [this season], we hope to get some hits early in games. This was nice to get these runs [early] today, hopefully that will give us momentum going forward."

Condo made quick work of the Minutemen in the second with a flyout and two strikeouts and the Patriots added three more runs in the bottom half.

Condo singled with one out and advanced to second on an error by the pitcher. He got to third on a groundout from Powers and sauntered home on a Noah Normyle double. Farnum came up next and tripled to deep left field, sliding in on a close play for a 6-0 lead.

"It's a lot easier [to pitch with a lead], it takes the pressure off, knowing [my team] can score runs and back me up," Condo said.

Condo was 3-for-4 on the day, while Normyle was 2-for-2 with two doubles and four runs scored. Farnum scored three times as well out of the fifth spot of the lineup.

Mount Anthony continued to put up runs throughout, scoring at least once in every inning. In the third, they got a pair of runs with two outs after Roger Lajoie reached on a hit-by-pitch. Bentley moved Lajoie to third with a basehit and Condo doubled in both runs but was thrown out at third to end the inning, but the lead was 8-0.

"[Condo and Normyle] are our senior captains, they have to carry us," Parmenter said. "Hopefully they can stay healthy. They know it's their last year, they will do what they can to win every game."

Coming off the bench, Brian Grace started the fifth with a base hit and scored on a fielder's choice, while Ryan Mayhew started off the sixth inning with a double to left-center.

In the sixth, MAU used Mayhew's double and two walks and a hit-by-pitch to put up four more runs and then Condo finished off the game with another double to stop it via the run rule.

"Everyone pitched in today, got an at-bat at least. They might not get a shot all the time, but when they do, they come through," Parmenter said.

Condo won his second game of the year, striking out seven with a sizzling fastball and a devastating curve.

"He started out very well, then he got into a stretch where he was losing concentration," Parmenter said. "His curveball was sharp and he had good pitches to strike kids out."

MAU hosts Mount Greylock on Saturday at 11 a.m.


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