BRATTLEBORO -- Some say 13 is an unlucky number.
This proved to be true for Brattleboro’s Post 5, as the team fell to Bennington, after Post 13 rallied for two innings, closing a two-run deficit to pull out a 5-2 win, at a Legion baseball game held Tuesday night at Tenney Field.
The game changer came in the sixth inning, when Post 13’s Tyler Kunzmann socked a two-RBI triple that drove in Tanner Williams and Matt Parmenter. This turned into another run scored due to Post 5 errors, that resulted in a 4-2 Bennington lead, before the stretch.
The team’s final run came in the following frame, as Bennington caught Brattleboro off guard again when Post 13’s Russell Krebs singled, stole two bases, then went home as Post 5 attempted to tag out a runner stealing second.
Brattleboro got their two runs in the second inning, when Tommy Heydinger’s single helped Sawyer Olson and Kevin Tao cross the plate.
Olson, Post 5’s starter, stretched to pull down a fiercely returned liner that ended Bennington’s third inning, and wowed the crowd.
With his team scoreless for four innings, Cody LaFlamme, Post 13’s starter, gave a rallying cry that everyone at Tenney could clearly hear.
It was enough encouragement to power Zach "Dimer" Bahan to Bennington’s first run with his RBI-single in the fourth that sent LaFlamme home, after he himself doubled. Kunzmann had a single that inning
By game’s end, Post 13’s Williams had a triple, Bahan had earned two more singles, and LaFlamme had another hit.
Post 5’s Evan Parro blasted the deepest shot of the game to center in the fifth inning, as the team looked to maintain the lead before Bennington’s push back. But some offensive miscues caused Post 5 to lose their momentum. Parro had one other hit.
"We made a couple mistakes," said Post 5 manager Claude Gouin. "You can’t have seven errors against a team like this. When that happens, it just takes the wind out of you."
Brattleboro’s Jamie Martell, Chris McAuliffe and Brandon Reilly all had one hit apeice.
LaFlamme pitched a complete game striking out eight. Olson also went the distance, fanning three.
Post 5 moves to 7-4 on the season and plays Windsor / Woodstock on Thursday.
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