Keene outscores Colonels in shootout
For 30,000 people in the United States, however, it refers to something completely different.
Many fans stood along the out of play line at the end of the fifth inning on Wednesday evening at Tenney Field and attempted to fire a tennis ball through the open window of a car traveling from home plate to shallow right field as part of a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis.
"Events like this are fantastic. It's a genetic disease and it's life impacting. Our goal is to raise CF awareness and to help find a cure," said Jason Sweeney, whose 7-year-old son Liam has the disorder that affects mostly the lungs.
The special night was put on by Meg Pacheco, who leads the Athletic Leadership Team, BUHS Athletic Director Chris Sawyer, and Team Sweeney. Members of the Brattleboro varsity softball team sold tennis balls at the gate, arming spectators for the throw off and raising money for CF.
And the sell-out crowd was treated to a thriller, with the Blackbirds rallying from a four-run deficit to beat the Brattleboro varsity baseball team 12-9.
Dan Petrie went 5-for-5 to lead the Colonels offensively, including a first-inning single that helped the hosts to a 4-0 advantage.
But Keene would put up three runs in the third and five more in the fourth to take the lead for good. A two-run double by Cullen Costa and a two-run triple from Alex Stroshine did the damage during those rallies.
Petrie's RBI single was the highlight when the purple and white got to within 8-7 in the bottom of the fourth. Sam Bartlett answered with a two-run single to left in the fifth as the Blackbirds increased their lead to 11-7.
After Stroshine cruised through the bottom of the fifth, spectators stepped up to the out of play line and began firing tennis balls at the moving car. The Vernon Town Clerk, who said that he was once a trash-talking catcher, just missed the target.
Petrie wowed the crowd with a double to the warning track in right in the sixth and Matt Dulmaine later drew an RBI walk. Nate Darwin (4 hits) got that run back with an RBI single in the top of seven. And Tony Martinez, pinch running for Tommy Carroll, capped the scoring on a wild pitch in Brattleboro's final ups.
On the perfect night for baseball, the home crowd went wild when BUHS first baseman Conor Hiner dove for a foul ball and when Carroll came through with a pinch-hit single. They also got to watch UConn commit Leif Bigelow make three fine plays from his shortstop position.
The 8-4 Colonels will face Windsor on Friday.
Keene lineup: Jason Langevin, Alex Stroshine, Nate Darwin, Griffin Kane, Sam Bartlett, Jack Zwierzchowski, Cullen Costa, Sean Corrigan, Teddy Jenkins.
Brattleboro lineup: Tanner Bell 2B, Tony Martinez LF, Leif Bigelow SS, Dan Petrie C, Conor Hiner 1B, Kam Pelkey RF, Chris Hall 3B, Eli Lombardi P, Matt Dulmaine CF.
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