Post 13 ready for season's homestretch
BENNINGTON — More than halfway through the season, the Post 13 American Legion baseball team sits at 7-8 and fifth in the Southern Division behind Brattleboro, Rutland, Lakes Region and White River Junction.
The schedule is favorable for Post 13 the rest of the way for them to reach the postseason tournament for the first time since 2015.
"We have must-wins here on out, we have to keep winning," said Post 13 third-year coach Scott Buck.
As a team, Post 13 is hitting .276, led by Guy Milliman's .448 average in 29 at-bats. Chandler Pouk, Casper Rowe and Pat McDonald are all over the .300 mark.
Offensively, Milliman and Pouk lead the team with 13 hits each, with McDonald and Rowe close behind with 10.
But McDonald is out for the rest of the year with a torn meniscus suffered during the Brattleboro game.
"Pat is a stud at shortshop, I think our infield is one of the best in the division," Buck said. "It's sad to see Pat out, but we have to keep going."
Mount Anthony rising junior Brodie Krawczyk, who has batted leadoff for most of the season, leads the team in runs scored with 15, followed by Pouk's 11.
Milliman's on-base percentage of .500 is tops on the squad, with Pouk, Rowe and Tanner King close behind.
Pitching-wise, Post 13 has been led by Joey McCoy, Caleb Hay and Jack Lane. Lane got a win against Randolph, while Dylan Babson earned one against Rutland in a game on Thursday where Krawczyk drove in the game-winning run.
The rest of the schedule includes two games at Randolph, one at Bellows Falls, two at Rutland, two at White River Junction and then finish the season with home games against Lakes Region and Brattleboro. Those teams combined are 61-65, a .484 winning percentage.
Brattleboro is tops in the Southern Division at 12-4, while Lakes Region is 10-3 and Rutland is 11-5.
"We have to win the games that we're supposed to win and get a couple against those top teams," Buck said.
White River Junction is 6-6, so the fourth and final seed for the Legion tournament — which starts on July 26 at Colchester — is up for grabs.
"Those games against White River are the most pivotal games of the season."
Post 13 faces Randolph today in a doubleheader scheduled for noon and 3 p.m.
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