Post 13 avenges loss to Brattleboro
Assistant Sports Editor
BENNINGTON -- Post 13 finally dodged the recent rash of game-time thunderstorms.
Tyler Kunzmann found his curveball could dodge the Brattleboro bats to devastating effect.
And with a three-run third inning rally Bennington turned a rare window of good weather into a 6-4 win against Post 5 on Tuesday afternoon at Spinelli Field to avenge their only loss this summer.
Second baseman Matt Parmenter knocked a double and a triple, driving in two runs and scoring twice, and shortstop Tanner Williams was 2-for-2 with three runs from the leadoff spot to propel Post 13 (4-1) to a fourth consecutive win.
"This is actually the first time I've had two hits in a long time," Matt Parmenter said. "[Coach Walt Parmenter] told me to stay relaxed and not worry about anything. I went up there relaxed, saw the ball well, tried to make contact and the ball went."
Other than yielding four runs across the second and third innings, Kunzmann was in charge with 13 strikeouts in the complete-game effort. Eight times, the former Mount Anthony ace sent Post 5 batters to the dugout after staring at the final strike.
After allowing four of Brattleboro's seven hits in the third, Kunzmann began carving his breaking ball through the strike zone. He rang up the first two batters in the fourth with the pitch and set down the third with high heat.
He also ended the fifth and seventh innings with crippling curves.
"He was snapping them right off good," Walt Parmenter said. "He was freezing them, bending their knees on it.
"In the beginning he didn't throw it much. I don't think he had much confidence in it right off the bat -- plus his hands were slippery and wet from the humidity."
Matt Parmenter kicked things off for Post 13 in the bottom of the first, ripping a triple to deep right field to plate Williams. He scored on the play after Post 5 overthrew third base.
"That set the tone like crazy in the beginning. Everyone got all hyped up after that with two runs in the first inning," Matt Parmenter said. "That was big because they beat us the first time around."
In the third, Parmenter's double scored Noah Carroll from second base. Two batters later, Zach Bahan cranked another double to left to score Williams and Parmenter as Bennington's eventual game-winning run.
Brattleboro (4-4) starter George Atkins took the loss while Chris McAuliffe and Kevin Tao each had two hits.
Post 13 travels to Castleton State College today to face Lakes Region at 5:30 p.m. -- with more potential thunderstorms in the forecast.
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