BRATTLEBORO -- Three days before Kentucky Derby winner Orb’s big race in Baltimore, Alex Parenteau was doing the trotting.
The clean-up hitter’s grand slam in the seventh inning helped the Keene baseball team into the winners’ circle, as the Blackbirds trounced Brattleboro 15-3 on Wednesday night at Tenney Field.
"Keene is a good, quality team," said Colonels coach David Zolnoski, whose team dropped to 1-10 with the loss. The Granite Staters improved to 8-7 overall.
The visitors rallied for six runs in the fourth frame and six more in the seventh. A two-run single by Lucas Luupa was the biggest blow in the fourth, while Parenteau’s blast to center with the bases juiced was the seventh-inning highlight.
"I thought we started out solid. Our defense looked good," noted Zolnoski.
No question about that.
The Colonels had their fans applauding in the first inning. Kevin Tao made a Brooks Robinson type play at the hot corner -- backhanding Joey Fennucio’s hot shot down the line and then firing a strike across the diamond for the out. The hosts also turned a double play, with Ansel Borofsky (2B), Evan Parro (SS) and Ross Meyer (1B) all in on it.
And left fielder Danny Richardson made a gold glove play in the fourth, when he got on his horse and sprinted straight back toward the fence to rob Isiah Singer of extra bases.
Trailing 8-0, Brattleboro scored twice in the bottom of the fourth. Chris McAuliffe, Elliot Gragen and Tao all doubled during the rally.
Fennucio’s RBI single in the fifth made it 9-2, and then Keene’s six-run explosion in the seventh upped it to 15-2. The Colonels would score once in their half of the seventh, as Meyer doubled to right and went home on a wild pitch.
The always smiling Tao, who mentioned that he couldn’t even get a hit during batting practice while in the on-deck circle, broke out of his slump and went 3-for-3 to pace the purple and white offensively. McAuliffe followed with two hits, while Jeff Kerylow, Meyer and Gragen all hit safely.
Brattleboro pitchers McAuliffe, Gragen and Tao gave up a combined 10 hits, walked nine and struck out four.
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Brattleboro 11, Keene 1
KEENE, N.H. -- The Brattleboro softball team scored four runs in each of the second and fourth innings and cruised to a crushing win over Keene on Wednesday evening.
The Colonels brought out the bats early and never looked back, according to BUHS coach Kelly Markol. "We were hitting them," she said. "And we didn’t make any mistakes on defense."
The team’s hurler Kayla Wood had three hits and struckout eight with one walk. Alyssa Bezanson was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Haley Struthers was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, McKinlie Carpenter had two hits, Bailey Paige had an RBI, and Daisy Giroux and Jessica Mann each went 1-for-3 for two RBIs.
The 8-2 Colonels will play at Otter Valley on Saturday at 11.