BRATTLEBORO >> A couple of high school students had conversations about accents, their jobs, and vacation plans while sitting in the bleachers at Tenney Field on Monday evening.
Leif Bigelow didn't give those two or any other Springfield fans much to cheer about.
The sophomore ace fanned 13, walked just one and fired a three-hit shutout as Brattleboro's varsity baseball team silenced the visiting Cosmos 12-0.
"He did what I thought he would. He pitched well and he had pretty good command," said BUHS skipper Chris Groeger. "He is young and Springfield has kind of a young team."
Bigelow retired the first seven batters that he faced, before walking Nick Bedi in the top of the third. He gave up a double to Ben Tubbs in the fourth, another to Matt Veysey in the fifth, and also allowed a Matt LaChapelle single. The flame thrower would then strike out the last six Cosmos to preserve the shutout,
The Colonels made two nice defensive plays on the night, starting with shortstop Sam Ognenoff going to his left in the fourth and then firing a strike to first baseman Conor Hiner. And in the fifth frame, catcher Dan Petrie pounced on a swinging bunt and threw down to Chris Hall at third to get Veysey in a rundown.
Brattleboro finished with nine hits, with five of them being borderline errors.
"I didn't think our offense was very good," stated Groeger, whose team was coming off of a 12-0 loss to Burr and Burton. "Our offense has got to be much better. Our level of competition is going to rise greatly."
Leadoff hitter Chayse Cunniff scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the first. He drew a walk, swiped second, took third on a passed ball and went home on Bigelow's sacrifice fly.
The hosts tacked on three more runs in the second to make it 4-0. Tanner Bell, Matt Dulmain and Ognenoff all reached on free passes during the rally, while Cunniff scored one with an infield single and Bigelow drove a two-run double to right.
"Atta boy," encouraged Hall from just outside the Brattleboro dugout.
The Colonels put up five runs in the fourth, highlighted by Stephen Kerylow's two-run single to right field. Hall and Dulmain each contributed with an infield single.
"I could be home in my warm bed right now," said a Springfield student sitting behind home plate, with her team trailing 9-0 on the chilly night. "I guess we could always come back."
It didn't happen.
Bridger Grout and Kerylow drew RBI walks in the fifth and then Petrie capped the scoring with a run-scoring single in the sixth. And Bigelow sat down the last six batters that he faced.
Bigelow (3 for 3) and Kerylow (2 for 3) each drove in three runs for the 5-2 Colonels, who will play at Keene today. Cunniff, Petrie, Hall and Dulmain all hit safely, while Bell drew three walks.