Patriots hold off Hoosick Falls
BENNINGTON -- When Hoosick Falls' Peter Muratorri singled to center with two outs in the seventh inning against Mount Anthony to pull the Panthers within two runs, MAU coach Walt Parmenter had one thought on his mind:
A week ago, Hoosick Falls scored nine runs in the sixth inning to beat MAU. But this time, the Patriots shut the door.
Reliever Shea Mooney fanned Kealan Hitt to quash the rally as MAU won, 7-5.
"Shea was throwing bulllets in there, he was fearless out there," said starting pitcher Brody Farnum, who earned the win. "He knew his agenda and he did it."
Farnum started for the Patriots and reached the seventh, but walked the first two Panther hitters and was taken out after throwing 105 pitches. Mooney came on and got the next two hitters on fly balls, but Shayne Richard singled through the middle and scored Wyatt Whitman to make it 7-4.
Then Peter Muratorri singled, which scored Alex Labarge to make it a two-run game, and brought Hitt up as the potential go-ahead run.
But then Mooney slammed the door.
Farnum went six innings, allowing five hits and five runs, while walking three and striking out four.
"Brody did a nice job, [gave us] six strong innings," said MAU coach Walt Parmenter. "He struggled with the curve for a bit, but his fastball was working pretty [well]. He was hitting his spot and the defense made some plays for him."
Up by three, Mount Anthony got some insurance in the bottom of the sixth when Marcus Laflamme manufactured a run by singling to short, stealing second and third base and scoring on a wild throw by the catcher to make the score 7-3 as Hoosick came up for its final at bat.
Laflamme was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Farnum struggled to find his command early on, allowing a lead-off single to Tom Peabody and a walk to Whitman, but after LaBarge sacrificed, Brandon Hodges flied out and Garrett Wright struck out.
After Hoosick Falls tied the game at 1-1 in the second on a sacrifice fly by Alex Mendez, Mount Anthony took advantage of miscues to score three runs of their own.
Austin Metcalfe and Devin Babson singled with one out to start the frame, then Ezra Caron reached on an error to score a run. Laflamme, the next hitter, singled as Babson and Caron scored on a misthrow.
"Sometimes we bring out our three-ring circus," said Hoosick Falls coach Mike Lilac. "We gave up some unearned runs, guys throwing the ball around. "It was only a couple innings, but that cost us."
Mooney, batting in the cleanup spot, added another run in the third with a home run just into the net in left-center to make it 5-1, but Hodges limited the damage on a pickoff and a popout to short to keep the Panthers in the game.
"It's huge to get a lead," Farnum said. "You get a lot of confidence going out there knowing you have room to work with."
Hoosick came back with two runs in the top of the fourth when senior leadoff hitter Tom Peabody cracked a double to left to drive in a run and Eric Bloomer scored on a wild pitch.
"Tom is playing great, he's the grittiest kid we got," Lilac said. "He's one of our better players. We're set at leadoff, just need to work on the other eight spots."
Mount Anthony improves to 2-2 on the season, while Hoosick Falls drops to 4-3 overall.
"We lost last week [in Hoosick], this was a good team win for the morale," Parmenter said.
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