Bennington gets first win of VSBL season

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BENNINGTON — Bennington earned their first win of the Vermont Summer Baseball League on Thursday afternoon, a 13-7 victory over Manchester at Bennington Baseball Park.

Bennington was able to get their revenge after the two squads met on opening day of the VSBL, a 7-1 Manchester victory on July 1.

The home team used a seven-run second inning to power them to the win on Thursday. Bennington plated 13 batters in the frame, using five hits and seven walks to give them a 10-0 advantage through two.

Charlie Gratton led the second off for Bennington by drawing a walk. In his second plate appearance of the inning, Gratton stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and drove in two with a single. Gratton had a great game for Bennington, stepping up to the plate five times and reaching base in every one of them. He drew four walks to go along with his single.

Logan Keyes was responsible for Bennington's first big hit of the game, a 2-run single that was stung down the left field line.

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Bennington used a mixture of patience and aggressiveness in the batters box on Thursday. Despite the 13 runs, they only tallied eight hits as a team. A lot of those hits came with runners on base, which allowed the home team to add to the scoreboard early on. They also drew 13 walks as Manchester's pitchers struggled to find the strike zone.

By the end of the third, Bennington had a 12-0 lead.

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Bennington's starting pitcher Ryan Audet came up big for his team, allowing four runs on eight hits through five innings of work. He also struck out five.

"I really needed Ryan to step up and have a performance like did," said Bennington coach Bill Hay. "He came through for us, big time."

Audet was especially clean over his first four innings, only allowing one run on three hits. Audet got himself into a bit of a jam in the fifth, but was able to limit the damage to three runs.

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Manchester's bats came to life late, but the deficit was too much to overcome.

Trevor Greene nearly drove one out of centerfield in the fourth. The shot bounced off the top of the fence and Greene drove in a runner with his double, giving Manchester their first run of the game.

Greene would drive in another in the seventh with a single. Manchester was able to plate three runners in the seventh.

Bennington's next game is a double header on Saturday at home versus White River Junction. The first game is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. while game two will begin at 2 p.m.

Manchester is off until July 14, where they will play a game at Lakes Region at 5:30 p.m.


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