BRATTLEBORO -- Steve Cerrone is one pitcher in Vermont that batters are advised not to charge.
The junior, who went 32-9 as a wrestler this past winter, hurled four innings of no-hit ball to help the Hartford varsity baseball team to a 10-1 decision over Brattleboro in Wednesday's season opener on Tenney Field.
With Cerrone cruising, the Hurricanes built a 7-0 lead on the cold, windy afternoon. All of those runs came in the third frame, when the visitors strung together four singles and later a three-run triple by Jacob Perkins.
"It was a disastrous third inning. It was fundamentals: not rotating on a bunt, a false step in the infield, the potential to turn two but not doing it. And it snowballed from there," said Colonels coach Chris Groeger.
Brandon Gaudet drew an RBI walk and later brought in another run on a groundout to up Hartford's advantage to 9-0. Cam Gaudette then belted a run -scoring triple.
The Colonels had two highlight defensive plays on the day. Shortstop Kassidi Ramirez dove to his right to snag a line drive in the fifth and first baseman Chris McAuliffe ran down a foul ball in the seventh.
But their offense was M.I.A. for the most part.
"We had a few good at-bats, but overall our hitting was not very good," stated Groeger.
Jeff Kerylow and Rob Heileman each singled for the hosts, while Adam McPhail and McAuliffe both doubled. McPhail's extra-base hit put Brattleboro on the board in the seventh.
Dan Richardson and Kevin Tao took turns on the hill for BUHS, combining for two strikeouts, seven walks and 10 hits allowed.
Cerrone (2 K's, 2 BB, 0 hits) went four innings for the victory.
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