Manchester combines for no-hitter against Proctor
MANCHESTER — The Manchester 15U baseball team was locked in on both sides of the ball Wednesday afternoon and cruised to a 20-2 run-rule win against Proctor in five innings at Dana Thompson Recreation Park.
The Phantoms had no answer for Manchester's wealth of pitching, as four pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter for the home side.
Will Addington started on the mound for Manchester and had no trouble with Proctor, going two innings and retiring every batter he faced.
Danny Scarlotta came on next and stuck out the first two batters he faced, before walking the third batter. That batter tried to steal second, but was thrown out by Addington, who had moved to catcher following his pitching outing.
Nate Smilko had some control issues in the fourth, walking a few batters and allowing two runs, but he worked out of the jam hitless, getting the last batter he faced looking on a strikeout.
Reece Coleman finished off the job with a perfect fifth inning, striking out the side.
Manchester coach Brooks Addington was happy to see his squad of pitchers come through time and time again Wednesday afternoon.
"We have a deep crew of pitchers that we're really excited about," Brooks Addington said. "These are the future pitchers of BBA. Will Addington had two innings, shut out. Danny Scarlotta, we would have pitched more, but he pitched a great inning. Nate is always rock solid for us, and [Reece Coleman], this was his first time pitching in a few years."
While the pitching effort was outstanding for Manchester, its bats were relentless right from the first batter.
Aidan Buggee led off with a walk and then proceeded to steal second and third base. Will Addington quickly drove Buggee in with a single two batters later.
Buggee walked twice in his two at-bats and stole four total bases on the day.
His aggressive baserunning mindset filled the Manchester side as they stole 13 bases as a team Wednesday.
"We look at the summer league as an opportunity to train for when they go play high school ball," Brooks Addington said. "We want them to play aggressively and be comfortable being aggressive on the baseline. We like to force the other team to make a play."
Manchester scored three runs in the first inning as Reece Coleman and Trevor Greene drove in runs as well.
They tacked on another run in the second with Scarlotta scoring on a wild pitch, but Manchester really put the game out of reach in the third and fourth innings.
Proctor couldn't get out of its own way defensively and committed five errors in the third inning. The lone hit of the inning was a Will Addington two-run single, but Manchester pushed across five runs.
Manchester scored 11 more times in the fourth inning, as they racked up eight hits and brought up 14 batters to the plate.
Manchester is back in action on Saturday when they travel to play Poultney at 11 a.m.
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