BRATTLEBORO — On Wednesday at Fort Dummer Field, it appeared that the baseball hat worn by "Frosty" was magical.
Chris Frost scattered five hits in five innings of relief and also scored three runs as Pepsi outscored Hinsdale, 10-3, in a Brattleboro Babe Ruth game.
"Frost had a good game," said Pepsi coach Chris Millerick. "He did a good job on the mound. He's not a hard thrower, but he throws strikes and that's all we ask of him. He got out of some jams. He trusted the guys behind him."
And why not? The southpaw got three nice catches from outfielder Dillon Cudworth and a couple of strong throws home for outs by shortstop Adam Newton.
Trailing 3-1, Pepsi got closer when "Frosty" tripled to left-center in the fourth and went home on Newton's groundout to third. And Millerick's club took the lead for good with a four-run fifth, thanks to Cudworth's RBI walk, a suicide squeeze from Tyler Higley and a couple of unearned runs.
"It was a good game. I liked that we didn't lose our composure after falling behind," noted the Pepsi coach, whose son Tyler Millerick missed the game with an infection in his knee.
Newton, Hunter Beebe, Tanner Root, Brett Worden, Cudworth and Higley all singled in the sixth as the home team tacked on six more runs. Greg Fitzgerald chipped in with a groundout to the left side that brought in a run.
"Hinsdale played great. They are really improving. It was a great game through four innings," stated Millerick.
Starters Hunter Beebe (Pepsi) and Nate O'Melia (Hinsdale) were involved in serious pitcher's duel early on. Beebe threw a pair of shutout innings before complaining of tingling in his right arm and O'Melia fanned six in four innings of work, falling behind 1-0 when Frost walked in the first and scored on Beebe's roller to the right side.
The Granite Staters would send seven batters to the plate in the fourth and scored three runs to go ahead 3-1. Kyle Murray's RBI single and a run-scoring triple from Dylan Harden were the biggest blows.
But "Frosty" would show off his wheels once again on a triple to left-center in the bottom of the frame and then pitch three innings of shutout relief as Pepsi came from behind for the victory.
Worden, Cudworth and Higley all had a couple of hits to lead Pepsi (5-2). Travis Sweetser finished with a team-high two hits for 0-7 Hinsdale.
Hinsdale lineup — Dylan Harden, Dan Tatro, Nate O'Melia, Kyle Murray, Greg Howard, Andrew Lindsell, Jason Cohen, Ryan Labby, Travis Sweetser, Calvin Atkins, James Zavortary, Alan Nadeau, Ryan Lee, Devin Lee.
Pepsi lineup — Chris Frost, Adam Newton, Hunter Beebe, Tanner Root, Brett Worden, Anthony Polomba, Evan Finnel, Dillon Cudworth, Greg Fitzgerald, Tyley Higley, Jacob Gouger, Nick Bingham, Shea Buckley.