LaBeau leads BF past Windsor
WESTMINSTER -- Mike LaBeau's performance from the mound Thursday afternoon might have been enough for the Terriers to get their win over Windsor at Hadley Field.
Just to make sure though, he also brought out the bats.
LaBeau went 3-for-4 at the plate with five RBIs, to carry the Bellows Falls baseball team to a 10-2 victory, and their second win in as many games.
"It got close there for a while and I got nervous," said LaBeau, who went the distance fanning nine batters. "I felt like I was on top of things. It was a good win."
LaBeau's nerves came in handy in the third.
With the bases loaded, LaBeau went deep on a shot that looked like it was leaving, but fell short. The blast brought home two Terriers, and Austin Stack's RBI made it 3-1.
Tanner Tibbets got his Yellowjackets' on the board in the second, with a double to right-center that knocked in their first run. Windsor tried to carry some of that momentum through the third, but that became impossible after Bellows Falls' Carson Fullam launched one from center to the cut-off, to home, which resulted in catcher Ethan Ills stopping Connor Collins dead at the plate.
In the fourth, Tibbets reached for a single to right that sent home Russ Simonds to get Windsor to within a run on their rally. But shortstop Stack broke up the party and retired the side after pulling down a high hopper and tossing out the runner.
At the top of the sixth, LaBeau kept his focus and struck out two batters and gloved a hard grounder for the third out. He had done something similar in the top of the first.
The sixth inning never seemed to end for Bellows Falls, as the team almost went through their entire batting order twice.
"We really started swinging the bats in the sixth," said Terrier coach Bob Lockerby. "In our first game (versus Leland & Gray) we didn't hit, but we still got away with the win. Today, we hit, played some defense, and had good pitching. I'm very happy -- this is a very young team, and the freshmen did great. I'm excited for them."
In that frame alone, Colby Howe sent home Stack with a double that gave the Terriers a 4-2 lead, Howe then went home on a passed ball, and freshman Alex Groenewold knocked a single down the right-field line for an RBI.
"I'm filling in," said "The Rookie" Groenewold, who took over as second baseman while teammate Willie Moore recovers from an injury. Groenewold had one other single.
To wrap up the sixth, Zach Streeter's shot to the gap put two Terriers on base, Fullam sent Groenewold home for the team's seventh run, and LaBeau would cap the evening off with a 3-RBI triple to right. LaBeau also handled all of the outs that inning when Windsor took some of their last swings.
The 2-0 Terriers will face South Royalton on Saturday.
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