BRATTLEBORO >> Leif Bigelow and a couple of his teammates resorted to Facebook to help fill the stands for Tuesday's Division 1 baseball playdown game at Tenney Field.
And then with a full house looking on, the sophomore ace and Hartford southpaw Hunter Perkins treated them all to a serious pitcher's duel that ended with the 11th-ranked Hurricanes upsetting No. 6 Brattleboro 4-0.
"Thank you to all that came. My last game as a Colonel was one to remember, even without the win. Thanks for all the support this season," wrote BUHS right fielder Chayse Cunniff on his team's social media event page following the contest.
With the teams still deadlocked at 0-0, Hartford's Codi Smith started the seventh with a liner to shallow right that Cunniff attempted to make a play on. The ball would get by the senior and roll all the way to the fence, allowing Smith to race around the bases and score.
After a couple of walks and an error, Jacob Perkins cleared the bases with a three-run double to deep left that put Hartford ahead 4-0.
Hard-throwing reliever Jordan Allard would walk Brattleboro's Stephen Kerylow and Matt Dulmain to begin the bottom of the seventh. And then he struck out the next three batters that he faced to end it.
Bigelow cruised through the first six frames. The 6-4 hurler fanned four, walked two and gave up just one hit in that span. He also watched Chris Hall make a couple of standout plays at the hot corner — going up high to snag a line drive by Dylan Spencer and later ranging to his left to get an assist on a slow roller from Tyler Hamilton.
The chants from the home crowd were:
"Come on, quality pitches here."
"Come on, babe."
"Let's go, Leifer."
But Perkins also brought his A game. The sophomore lefty sat down seven, walked four and scattered three hits. He handed the ball over to Allard on two occassions, to get the final out in the fourth and fifth.
The hosts loaded the bases in the fourth via a Dan Petrie single and then free passes to Conor Hiner and Hall. Tony Martinez walked and Sam Ognenoff singled in the fifth.
But Allard would use his heat to leave those runners stranded.
Cunniff, Petrie and Ognenoff all finished with one hit for the Colonels, who ended the season with a 13-4 record.
Williamstown 9, Twin Valley 3
WILLIAMSTOWN >> Justin Hicks went 3 for 4 and Brett Swanson belted an RBI double as the Wildcats were eliminatd in a Division 3 playdown game on Tuesday.
"We gave a great effort, but just didn't have it today. I will sorely miss our seniors and their outstanding leadership. They were a great pleasure to coach and a fun group to be around," said Twin Valley coach Brian Monroe.
The No. 10 Wildcats ended up with a 7-10 mark.
Leland & Gray 23, Twin Valley 1 (5 innings)
TOWNSHEND >> The No. 4 Rebels racked up 18 hits in Tuesday's Division 3 playdown game, including a team-high three from catcher Jessie Stockwell.
Jordan Gouger, Rachel Borgesen, Sierra Fillion and Sarah Anderson all finished with two hits for the winners. Gouger led the way with three runs batted in, while Jessica Madore, Stockwell and Anderson drove in two runs each.
"They were ready to hit and I thought we ran the bases well," said Leland & Gray coach Tammy Claussen, whose team improved to 14-3 and will play in a quarterfinal on Friday in Townshend at 4:30 p.m.
Keltsey Rushton fanned 10, walked zero and gave up just one hit in four innings of work. Olivia Brown (2 K's, 2 hits) pitched in relief.
"Keltsey had complete command," said Claussen of her hard-throwing southpaw.
Hailey Howe, Tatyanna Bowman and Kaylea Niles all finished with one hit for the visiting Wildcats.