Bushee stymies Minutemen, MAU wins second in a row

BENNINGTON — After snapping a four-game losing streak with a close win over Rutland, the Mount Anthony baseball team wanted to keep that momentum going against Mill River on Wednesday.

The Patriots got contributions up and down the lineup and a terrific pitching performance from Cole Bushee in a 7-3 win that was MAU's second straight.

"My defense played well all game," Bushee said. "I was in the groove and feeling it for most of the game, but I started to tire a little bit in the end."

The junior Bushee was the star of the day, pitching 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He struck out four and walked three in his outing. Noah Loomis came in with one out in the seventh and got the last two hitters in order to end the game and preserve the win.

Bushee allowed a pair of baserunners in the top of the first and after his teammates put up two in the bottom half, Bushee settled right in, retiring 11 of the next 12 and only facing the minimum thanks to a double play in the fourth inning.

"Cole had a good day today, he had good command of his pitches," said Mount Anthony coach Walt Parmenter. "He had one rough inning but he did a good job today, he threw strikes, he didn't walk a lot of guys. He had a lot of confidence in his pitches, he did a great job."

The offense, which has been at points feast or famine this season, used some patience and a couple of timely hits to extend the lead.

Seven of the nine starters had at least one hit and three — Will Fischer, Owen Wilcox and Jordan Sullivan — had two hits.

Sullivan drove in a run to give Mount Anthony a two-run lead early, a lead that Bushee kept intact as the Patriots hit in the bottom of the fifth. After a leadoff groundout, the next seven reached base. Cole Wilcox walked before Owen Wilcox added a base hit. Sullivan reached on an error before Will Buck drove in a run with a hit.

Tanner King kept the line moving with a bases loaded walk to drive in a run before Parmenter put in Blake Carey to pinch-hit for Bushee. Carey came through with a base hit that scored a run, but a good relay from the Minutemen got Buck out at the plate for the second out of the inning.

Loomis had the final blow, a single to drive in King to give MAU a 6-0 lead after five innings.

"Blake had a big hit for us. It's been different people lately getting the hit," Parmenter said. "I decided to pinch-hit with Blake, he's had a hot bat recently. It's a team effort and that's what it took today."

Bushee started to tire in the sixth, allowing doubles to John Graves and a two-run double to John Upton that got the Minutemen on the board. But Bushee regrouped and got the next two hitters on a pop-up and a groundout to keep the score 6-2.

Sullivan added his second RBI of the day in the sixth for an insurance run before Bushee came out to try to finish it. He got the first out before three straight Minutemen reached, the last a RBI hit from Dan Graves to make it 7-3. That's when Parmenter went to Loomis to close it down.

"I didn't want the game to get out of hand, after we had a good lead, so I brought in Noah," Parmenter said.

Mount Anthony is 5-7 on the year and travel to Manchester to face Burr and Burton on Friday.


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