Post 5 bats too much for Bennington Post 13 in loss
BENNINGTON — The Brattleboro high school baseball team has won 28 games the past two seasons and that has a lot to do with how potent it is at the plate.
Many of those ballplayers suit up for the Post 5 American Legion baseball team during the summer and they put that offensive ability on full display against Post 13.
Brattleboro pounded out double-digit hits and beat Bennington 9-2 at Mount Anthony Union High School Wednesday night.
It took a while for Post 5 to get its bats going, but once they did, the batting rack was a popular place to be.
Post 5 broke through for a run in the fourth inning, when No. 9 hitter Jeremy Pounds, hit a double to drive in Jack Pattison, who led off the inning with a walk.
Brattleboro (12-4) added on two more runs in the fifth inning. Tyler Millerick cranked a ball to center for a lead-off triple and was quickly driven in on a double to right by Dan Petrie. Petrie eventually came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Pattison.
Post 5 did its most damage in the sixth inning, where they scored five runs on five hits, before adding a final insurance run in the seventh.
"We were up against a hitting machine," said Bennington coach Scott Buck. "Those guys hit the snot out of it and you have to give them a lot of credit."
Joey McCoy started on the mound for Post 13 and for a while was matching his counterpart, Christian Thomsen, pitch for pitch.
McCoy didn't allow any hits in the first two innings and didn't surrender his first until Petrie singled with two outs in the third inning.
He started to running into trouble in the fourth and fifth innings, before McCoy was lifted after one batter in the sixth inning.
Post 5 did a great job of working the count all game long, forcing McCoy to throw more than 100 pitches.
"It was a typical Joe game, pounding the strike zone," Buck said. "When you run up against a team like [Brattleboro] that hits the ball well, they'll hit good pitching."
McCoy allowed three runs while on the mound and was responsible for the fourth runner that scored, with no outs in the sixth, once Brodie Krawczyk came on in relief for the rising senior.
Post 13 hit the ball fairly well off of Thomsen, but it couldn't find many gaps throughout the contest. Bennington racked up eight hits on the day, but left 11 runners on base
Already down by eight runs in the bottom of the sixth, Post 13 finally broke through. Following a Owen King strikeout to start the inning, Krawczyk, Tanner King and Caleb Hay had consecutive singles, with Krawczyk pushing across the first Bennington run on a passed ball.
Will Buck drew a walk to load the bases, but back-to-back fly outs to right field by Pat McDonald and Chandler Pouk erased the threat.
Post 13 didn't do down without a fight in the seventh as McCoy reached on an error by the first baseman and Jack Lane followed with a single.
The pair advanced to scoring position on a passed ball and McCoy came in on a groundout by Andrew Stevens.
Post 13 falls to 6-8 on the season and has another tough today with Post 31 Rutland at home.
"We have to come again with our hitting shoes tomorrow too or we're going to have issues," Scott Buck said.
First pitch is set for 5:30 at MAU.
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