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Blais fires a two-hitter in win
DIXFIELD -- Conner Blais was well aware of the intended plans, however, he had alternative ideas and Swasey-Torrey definitely benefited by the developments in an American Legion baseball game.
Blais pitched a complete game two-hitter as Swasey-Torrey pulled away late for a 4-1 win over Mechanic Falls in the final home contest at Harlow Park.
Post 10 found itself in a highly competitive affair before scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Justin Conant and Adam Volkernick each hit RBI singles off MF starter Kurt Johnson.
The original plan had been for Blais to pitch the first four innings, but the right hander had his pitches fooling the MF batters. He had struck out six batters in the first four innings.
Eric Bolduc had even warmed up and was informed by manager/coach Todd Fenstermacher that he’d see time on the mound. Post 100 had a busy final week of the regular season as it tried holding firm in the eighth and final Zone III playoff berth and saving the pitch count by Blais was going to help.
In the sixth, Bolduc led off with a single and Arik Fenstermacher reached on an infield error. Brady Fergola popped out, but Conant singled in Bolduc. Fenstermacher scored on a wild pitch. Following Derek Volkernick strikeout, Adam Volkernick laced an RBI single.
Blais was the story as the right hander didn’t allow a hit over the final three innings. He retired 12 of 13 batters and the lone base runner was a walk with one out in the sixth inning. The runner was quickly erased on a double play. Blais fanned Peter Goyette and catch Izaak Mills whipped the ball to second baseman Dylan MaWhinney, who applied the tag. Bolduc flashed leather and threw out four batters from shortstop.
The game had featured a pitchers dual, with the score tied at one through five and one half innings. ST had drawn first blood in the bottom of the first, Blais singled and with one out, Mills hit an RBI single.
MF tied the score on a Johnson RBI single in the fourth. ST had seven hits, including a Cliff Turner double in the fifth.