Post 13 returns to win column over Randolph
BENNINGTON — After Bennington Post 13 and Randolph Post 9 combined for seven first-inning runs, it seemed like the crowd at Spinelli Field were ready for a slugfest.
Post 13 pitchers Jack Lane and Caleb Hay had other ideas.
Lane allowed the three first-inning runs, but kept Randolph off the board. Hay came in for four innings and helped guide Post 13 to an 8-3 win on Tuesday night.
"They settled in really well," said Post 13 coach Scott Buck. "I had both of them scheduled to throw 45 pitches and when they got to the last inning, they did it in under 10 pitches. It was a good team game."
Randolph got off to a fast start, with the first three hitters in the lineup — Dylan Kuban, Jacob Barry and Zeb Perreault — all reaching on well-placed singles. Perreault drove in the first run, while Barry scored on a double steal and Perreault crossed on a wild pitch.
After a conference at the mound, Lane walked the cleanup hitter, Zach Whitmore, but Owen King threw him out on a stolen base attempt. The next two hitters grounded out to minimize the damage.
Bennington came right back in the bottom of the first against starter Timber Russell, scoring all its runs with two out.
Brodie Krawczyk walked to lead off and after two out, Caleb Hay was hit by a pitch and Owen King walked, loading the bases. Guy Milliman came up with a base hit to drive in a run and Tanner King walked with the bases loaded for another. By the time Randolph got the third out, Bennington led 4-3.
"I don't think we were patient after the first inning," said Randolph coach Jim Hewitt. "We didn't work the count, they had a couple of 10-pitch innings. But I was really pleased with our effort to get three runs right away."
Post 13 continued to tack on insurance runs with one in the third and three more in the fourth.
In the third, Owen King got a base hit with one out before Milliman reached on a bunt single. Tanner King blasted one on the ground that the second baseman boxed around, scoring Owen King.
In the fourth, Post 13 batted around. Andrew Stevens started with a single out of the No. 9 spot. Krawczyk popped out but Chandler Pouk walked to put two runners on.
That's when Lane got up and helped his own cause with a blast to right that got past the outstretched arms of the center fielder for a triple and two runs to make it 7-3.
Lane trotted home when the next hitter, Hay, singled to left.
"We strung some stuff together, with walks and timely hits and then Jack driving some runs in," Buck said. "We haven't had that a lot this season but the run production is great to see."
Bennington had contributions up and down the lineup offensively, getting eight hits. Milliman was the only one with multiple hits, going 2-for-4.
For Post 9, Jacob Barry went 3-for-3 with a run scored, and pitched the final three innings on his 16th birthday.
After the first game of the doubleheader with Post 9 was forfeit, the two victories on Tuesday improve Post 13 to 6-7 with big games today against Brattleboro and Thursday against Rutland, both at home.
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