Bennington drops double header to White River
BENNINGTON — Bennington lost both of its games on Saturday afternoon at Bennington Baseball Park to visiting White River Junction. After being 10-run ruled in five innings in the first game, it looked like it was going to be a long afternoon for the home team.
But after falling 11-0 in Game 1, they were narrowly defeated, 7-5, in Game 2.
Bennington bounced back from the first loss and came out of the gates aggressive in the second of the back-to-back. The second game started an hour ahead of schedule after a very quick game one that only took about an hour and 20 minutes.
After allowing two runs to score in the top of the first, the top of the order came through big for Bennington in the bottom half of the inning. The first five batters of the game reached on a hit for Bennington, quickly erasing the 2-0 deficit and taking a 3-2 lead.
Luc Trombley got things started for Bennington with a single. Trombley came around to score thanks to a deep single that bounced off the center field fence by Caleb Hay. Hay helped himself out, as he was the starter in game two. Hay pitched three innings, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out four.
Ian Benner was able to drive a run in with a hit to short left. Jake Tibbetts was responsible for the last RBI of the inning, also shooting a single to left, scoring Benner.
"I think we were just aggressive, putting the ball in play," said Bennington coach Bill Hay about his team's good start.
Bennington had a chance to do more damage in the inning as they had the bases loaded with just one man out, but White River Junction's starter was able to limit the damage to just three runs by getting the bottom of the order out on a fly to center and a strikeout.
Bennington was able to add a couple more in the second, again thanks to the top of the order getting on to start things off. Trombley drew a walk, stole second, and eventually came around to score on a blooper to right field off the bat of Charlie Gratton. Henry Sniezek also came around to score on Gratton's second inning hit.
Bennington's bats got cold after that, though. After registering seven hits through two, they would only get four more the rest of the day.
White River Junction slowly chipped away at the 5-2 hole. They were able to plate two in the top of the fourth to make it a one-score game. They wouldn't have to wait long to tie things up either, as the tying run crossed the plate the next inning.
With the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh, Trombley roped a sharp hit ball to left field to start things off for Bennington. Trombley tried to extend it to an extra base hit, but White River Junction's left fielder was able to gun Trombley down on a bang-bang play at the bag. Benner shot a double to left later in the inning with two outs, but was stranded there as Gratton looked at a called strike three to get White River Junction out of the inning and send the game into extras.
The visitors wasted no time in the top of the eighth. Their first three batters reached safely. With runners on the corners, Sniezek attempted to pick off the runner at first, but the ball got past the first basemen, allowing a run to score.
White River Junction would add another after a grounder got under the glove of Bennington's shortstop.
Bennington went quietly in the bottom of the eighth, and White River completed the sweep with a 7-5 victory.
Next up for Bennington is a road game against Rutland at St. Peter's Field on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
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