Late rally falls short for Post 13
BENNINGTON — Post 13 American Legion baseball coach Scott Buck believes there is a difference between losing and getting beat.
"Losing" happens when you play as hard as you can, but come up on the wrong side of the scoreboard. "Getting beat" happens when a team flat out doesn't show up and exert any effort.
In Monday's 9-7 home loss to Lakes Region, Buck thought his team did the former.
Post 13 was down by as much as seven runs at one point, but battled back to make a game of Monday's contest.
"I've got no complaints about anybody's effort out here. We had some gaffes in the field, which is something a coach can work on," Buck said. "We ran up against a little better competition today than the last few games. [Lakes Region] hit the ball a little harder and their pitchers threw a little harder. We were right there."
Some fielding miscues cost Post 13 early, as they committed three errors over the first three innings, resulting in five runs across that stretch.
Lakes Region put the ball in play during the middle portion of the game, combining for 10 hits across the third and fourth innings. In both innings, they tacked on three runs apiece.
Post 13 got on the board in the third inning with Andrew Stevens working a walk to get the inning going. Following another walk by Brodie Krawczyk, Chandler Pouk singled. Tanner King came up next and drove Stevens in on a fielder's choice.
They did their most damage of the contest in the fourth by doing exactly what Lakes Region did to grab a lot of its runs - put the ball in play.
Casper Rowe led off with a single and Pat McDonald followed with a grounder to third, where the third baseman misfired to first. Guy Milliman laid down a perfect bunt on the third baseline to load the bases and Owen King drove Rowe in on a fielder's choice.
Krawczyk and Pouk came up later in the inning, putting the ball in play, and Lakes Region committed two more miscues. Post 13 cut the lead to 8-5 at the end of four innings.
Post 13 added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh, after a seventh-inning run from Lakes Region, but it was too little too late.
"We got runs in the same way they did. They took advantage of miscues and put the ball in play," Buck said. "That's the name of the game. What goes around comes around."
Caleb Hay started on the hill for Post 13, going four innings, giving up 12 hits, but only walking one batter.
Andrew Stevens came on in relief of Hay in the fifth inning and Krawczyk pitched the seventh inning.
Each guy who took the mound threw strikes for Buck's bunch, so there was nothing to complain about there for the Post 13 skipper.
"The pitchers once again did a good job," Buck said. "This wasn't Bellows Falls, [Lakes Region] hits the baseball. Caleb, Andrew and Brodie all threw strikes. There's no complaints."
Post 13 drops to 3-5 on the year with the loss and makes up another game tonight at home.
Buck knows this season is a work in progress and likes where his team sits.
"There's no quit. We continue to fight until the last out," Buck said. "We're moving on from this loss. Right now, if things ended, we would be in the playoffs and we weren't anywhere near that last year."
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