Post 13 drops season finale to Randolph
BENNINGTON >> Wednesday's Post 13 Legion baseball finale was in some ways a microcosm of the entire 18-game slate this summer.
There were some tough times, an inability to get a timely hit with runners on and flashes of brillance along the way.
Post 13 dropped the last game of the year, 11-3, to Randolph Post 9 on a clear afternoon at Mount Anthony Union High School, finishing the year at 2-16.
"Not being able to get timely hits has haunted us all year," said Post 13 coach Jamie Carey. "You can't get hits every fourth hitter. We're grounding out, flying out and the timely hits just aren't there. At least we're hitting the outs and not striking out and I'm OK with that."
Post 9 took the lead in the first inning with three runs on four hits off starter Brody Farnum, then added three more runs in the second against Noah Loomis to take a 6-1 lead after two.
Loomis settled down nicely after his first inning of work, keeping Post 9 off the board until the seventh, when they scored five runs on four hits and a pair of walks.
"He's not going to overpower anyone, he doesn't have a great curve," Carey said. "But what I love about him is he has fun on the mound, he's having a great time. I just tell him to throw strikes, keep it low. It's a learning curve."
Loomis allowed eight runs, all earned and 10 hits, while walking four and striking out four.
Post 13 scored once in the first inning to cut the lead to 3-1 as Jon Iris drove in Nilu Chirchirillo with a sac fly. Iris was the top hitter for Post 13, going 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and a RBI.
Post 13 had a golden opportunity to cut into the lead in the fourth. The bottom of the order — Brady Gerow, Brian Grace and James Reilly — all singled to load the bases with none out. Reilly's hit was a bunt that died on the fair side of the third base line.
Pat Powers grounded to second and the run was cut at home, reloading the bases. Chirchirillo fanned before Blake Carey grounded to third. The third baseman stepped on the bag for the force that ended the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Post 13 got back a pair of runs to get it closer. With one out, Will Buck walked and then Pat Powers singled to get two on. Pinch hitting, Damian Hessler got a hit to right field, driving home Reilly for an RBI to make it 6-2. Carey flied out and Cole Bushee walked, bringing up Iris, who blasted a single for another RBI.
Garrett Gagnon earned the win for Post 9, pitching a complete game. He scattered eight hits and three runs (two earned), while striking out three.
"It's a fine line you walk when you take things too seriously or not seriously enough," Carey said. "Baseball is a game that you have to be in the moment at the plate and in base, but in the dugout, you still are having fun with your friends. The younger guys have a grasp of that. They love baseball, taking their summer to do it and hopefully they've had a good time."
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