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Post 100 gains DH split
DIXFIELD -- There is always room for redemption and Swasey-Torrey definitely heated up the situation Saturday by coming together
Conner Blais and Izaak Mills and Swasey-Torrey erupted for 10 runs in the third inning en route to a 13-0 win to earn a split with Bethel in an American Legion baseball doubleheader.
It was in sharp contrast to the competitiveness of the 4-3 Bethel triumph in the first game. Swasey—Torrey took control with single runs in the first two innings of the night cap. Mills and Blais each had RBI doubles off Bethel starter Jed Clarke.
“We wanted to send a message,” said Blais, who was 5–for-7, a home run, three runs scored and three RBI on the day. “The team wanted (Bethel) to know that we are here to play and win. Personally, I just needed to settle down and swing at strikes.”
In the third, Post 100 had the first five batters reach safely, Arik Fenstermacher singled and Mills hit his first of two doubles in the inning. Justin Conant, Dylan MaWhinney and Brady Fergola each hit RBI singles.
Fenstermacher allowed two hits in four innings to earn the win and Eric Bolduc struck out the side in the fifth.
Coach Ryan Palmer said, “Our offense finally got going, but several of these guys hadn’t played this spring and are just coming around. It was nice to see our batters going with the pitch, we had (six) opposite field hits.”
Post 100 sent 16 batters to the plate, had nine hits and every starter either scored or had an RBI in the third. MaWhinney had two RBI singles, Adam Volkernick with an RBI single, Cliff Turner scored a run.
“We definitely came together,” said Mills, who was 4-for-7, three doubles, two runs and two RBI in second game. “(Key) was laying off the high pitches and like Conner said, we needed to swing at strikes.”
Bethel (6-2) had jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opener in the third. Nick Mills (two runs) singled, stole second and scored on Whitney’s double. Howard added a sacrifice fly on a long foul ball. It was short lived as ST tied the score on Blais solo homer and Chad Snowman doubled and scored. Derek Volkernick scored on MaWhinney's single in the fourth TJ O’Connor had an RBI groundout in the fourth.
Blais was also strong in taking the loss. ST certainly had its chances, but stranded nine runners, including bases loaded in the fourth.