Hoosick outlasts MAU in wild slugfest
BENNINGTON — With the wind blowing hard out to left field, Tuesday's matchup between Mount Anthony and Hoosick Falls would be a game of who could put the bat on the ball the most.
When all was said and done, that was the Panthers, who scored in every inning except the sixth in a 16-10 win.
"A day like this, you want to put the ball in play and not strike out as much," said Hoosick Falls coach Mike Lilac. "We got the bat on the ball enough to score 16 runs. I thought it might be the first one to 20 runs wins, but we slowed them down toward the end."
The turning point came in the middle innings. In the top of the fourth, Hoosick Falls scored two runs to give the Panthers a 8-4 lead. But Mount Anthony came back with five of their own to take a 9-8 advantage. Immediately in the top of the fifth, the Panthers re-took the lead with a six-run inning, the big blow a 3-run homer into the County Street screen by Nick Houghton. The shot gave Hoosick Falls a 14-9 lead.
"The wind really helped, I didn't think it was that hard off the bat," Houghton said. "I wasn't hitting that well coming into today. [When I hit it], I'm just running [to first base], I didn't think that it would [go] out."
Houghton's big fly came as part of a day where he went he 4-for-4 with five runs batted in and finished just a triple shy of the cycle.
"Nick has come up with a lot of big hits, he's had a couple of nice shots this year," Lilac said.
Houghton wasn't the only Panther having a big day at the plate. Ryan Bloomer was also 4-for-4, scoring five runs, while Max Kipp went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI.
For Mount Anthony, the top hitters included Tanner King, who went 3-for-4 with three singles and three RBI, while scoring two runs out of the cleanup space in the lineup.
Caleb Hay added a home run of his own in the sixth inning that cut the Hoosick lead to 14-10. Ian Benner added a pair of doubles and drove in four runs, three coming with the bases loaded in the five-run fourth inning.
"Caleb's was a routine pop fly, it goes out. [Nick's gets] up in the jet stream and flew out," said Mount Anthony coach Walt Parmenter.
Josh Colegrove came up from the JV and pitched OK, allowing nine runs before ceding to Cody Hodges for the final two innings.
"Josh came from Triple A, as we call it," Lilac said. "He gave us a chance to win and that was exactly what we needed. It worked out exactly as we hoped."
Brodie Krawczyk got the start for Mount Anthony and went 2 2/3 innings before Anthony Mazzola relieved and pitched 2 1/3 innings. Ian Benner finished the final two innings.
"We're hitting the ball, but we're still missing that defensive thing, we're not making the plays we need to," Parmenter said. "The pitching wasn't that bad today, but Brodie and Anthony and Ian, they don't pitch a lot, we use them in a pinch. We're basically out of arms at this point."
As the Panthers head into the Class C sectionals this week, Lilac said the game gives his team some good momentum.
"This group doesn't get down on themselves, they just keep battling and plugging along," Lilac said. "If we can get everyone swinging the bat well, we'll be a tough out."
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