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Post 100 upends Andy Valley
TURNER -- Swasey-Torrey is playing with a purpose as action heats up in Zone III American Legion baseball.
Tyler Chiasson hit a towering two-run homer in the fifth inning for the eventual winning runs and a trio of pitchers proved to have the right stuff as Post 100 settled in for an 8-4 triumph against Andy Valley at Leavitt High School.
It was the completion of a game that had been suspended with Swasey-Torrey batting with two outs in the second inning. This game had to be replayed in its entirety. Eric Bolduc earned the pitching win, with relief from Derek Volkernick and Conner Blais.
ST had taken a 4—3 lead and proceeded to score three runs in the fifth. Blais led off with a clean single and Chiasson deposited a pitch 350 feet over the fence in left-center field. Arik Fenstermacher followed with a walk, stole two bases and raced home when a throw went into the outfield.
“Tyler's shot really put us in a good spot,” said coach Ryan Palmer. “We received some good pitching and Andy Valley hurt themselves with a couple base running blunders.”
ST had jumped ahead with two runs in the first. Chiasson singled and scored on Fenstermacher's double. Izaak Mills added a sacrifice fly. The lead was short lived because AV scored three runs in the bottom of the first. The key blow was a Brian Marquis' RBI single.
ST scored single runs in the second and third off losing pitcher Garrett Hammon. Bolduc doubled, was sacrificed to third by Adam Volkernick, and scored on Blais' single. Derek Volkernick singled in Justin Conant.
Blais and Chiasson (two runs) each had two hits and Fenstermacher scored three runs, one on a wild pitch in the seventh.
Bolduc settled down and threw shutout innings in the second, third and fourth. In the fifth, AV’s Brandon McDonald hit an RBI triple. Derek Volkernick pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth and Blais relieved in the seventh and retired the final three batters.
“I thought we hit well against Bolduc,” said AV coach Wendall Strout. “But we didn’t have time to adjust to the relievers and Blais threw fast and that’s what you want from a closer.”