BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Union High School varsity baseball team, which managed just three wins in 2013, just finished the regular season with a 10-6 mark.

"It was an amazing turnaround. We went 3-13 last year and there were no playoffs," said BUHS coach Chris Groeger, whose preseason goals were: 1)to get into the playoffs and 2)to get a home playoff game.

The Colonels seem to have accomplished both and are expecting to host a first-round contest on Tuesday at Tenney Field.

Groeger knows that his team’s defense has to improve. Brattleboro’s opponents scored nine unearned runs on Wednesday and Friday, respectively.

Burr and Burton beat the Colonels, 4-3, in nine innings, on Wednesday at Tenney Field. And then BUHS bounced back with a 14-5 rout of rival MAU on Friday in Bennington.

"Defensively, we’re not where we need to be," added Groeger. "For a couple weeks there, we were playing outstanding defense."

Kassidi Ramirez and Kevin Tao took turns on the hill versus the Bulldogs. Jimmy Mills (2 K’s, 2 BB, 7 hits) picked up the victory against MAU.

Tao went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles in Friday’s mismatch. Ramirez and Rob Heileman each had three hits, while Danny Richardson and Mills added two apiece. Chris McAuliffe and Michael Rooney both drove in one run.

The Division 1 Tournament seedings will come out on Monday.


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