Fifth-inning rally dooms Bennington All-Stars


CRANSTON, R.I. — A five-run fifth inning for Connecticut was the big blow in the Bennington 10U All-Stars' 7-5 loss on Tuesday.

Leading 4-2 after the top of the fifth, Connecticut scored all its runs with two out. With two on and two out, Connecticut had four straight hits, including a two-run single to tie the game at 4-4. Another single gave Connecticut the lead, then a hit-by-pitch a couple of batters later plated another run.

Down 7-4, Bennington gave it one more chance for the comeback. After walks to Jonathan Crossman and Talin Bartholdi, they moved up on a wild pitch and brought up Blake Tienken as the tying run.

Tienken hit into a fielder's choice, but a good defensive play got Bartholdi out as home trying to advance.

Crossman scored on another fielder's choice to make it 7-5, but that was as close as Bennington got.

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Bennington was patient all night at the plate, walking 11 times. But they also stranded the bases loaded a couple of innings as well.

Brody Smith pitched 4 2/3 innings and Rowan Behan came on to get to the final out.

Bennington took a 1-0 lead in the first when Tienken walked with the bases loaded, then added another run in the second on a fielder's choice off the bat of Carson Andrick, scoring Smith to make it 2-0.

Connecticut tied it in the fourth with two runs, one unearned. Bennington re-took the lead in the fifth when Aidan Lacasse doubled coming off the bench and Noah Wood walked with the bases loaded. Wood himself came around to score on an error.

Bennington drops to 1-2 for the tournament and has its final scheduled game on Wednesday against Needham, Mass.


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