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Post 100 earns 3-2 Legion win
DIXFIELD -- It's difficult to put things together when action is few and far between and that was the situation Swasey-Torrey faced because the team wasn’t able to play many baseball games last month.
Aaron Fenstermacher pitched a complete game and Tyler Chaisson led the offense as Swasey-Torrey proved worthy in a 3-2 win against Smith-Tobey in American Legion action at Hosmer Field.
The lack of action will certainly change because Post 100 is scheduled to complete its regular-season schedule in the next three weeks. This jam-packed slate, with six make-ups, will truly test the depth of the pitching staff. Coach Ryan Palmer and manager Todd Fenstermacher had their hands full with the deluge that swamped Harlow Park just as the field was being lined; in no time at all, a lake had formed.
So, at the last minute, as Smith–Tobey arrived from Bath, they changed the playing field and site. Fortunately, Hosmer Field was available because it had not rained at all in Rumford.
Fenstermacher provided a strong pitching performance with 12 strikeouts and walking just two.
“Arik was in command from start to finish,” said Palmer. “He had control of all of his pitches. He had a live fastball and really hit his spots. Having old friend Eric Bolduc behind the plate wasn't a bad thing either."
The eventual winning runs were scored in the second inning, as S-T produced three runs. Chaisson lined a big triple to the right-center field gap with two on. Moments later, Chaisson alertly raced home on a wild pitch which proved to be the winning run.
Smith-Tobey had scored a run in the top of the first. Fenstermacher was in control with runners on base. The left hander scatted seven hits and bore down with runners on base. Chaisson and Fenstermacher each had two hits.
Smith-Tobey didn’t go away quietly and made noise in the seventh. A double by Torey Charnock (three hits) drove in a run. Fenstermacher stayed composed and got out of a bases loaded jam to seal the win.
‘Other than that – mostly a pitcher’s duel,” said Palmer. “At least we got the game in. The rain held off, it was a good move as we can’t afford to cancel anymore games with six to make up in three weeks."