Brattleboro 12s rally for Game 1 victory
Tucker Sargent got Brattleboro on the board early with a long, two-run homer. Bennington responded and took the lead to the sixth inning.
The rally started with Brandon Weeks' two-run blast that got Brattleboro to within three runs. Nick Gerard provided the decisive blow when he stepped to the plate with two runners aboard in the eighth inning — he promptly crushed a three-run shot deep into the night to put Brattleboro on top for good.
Gerard's bomb was one of his three hits on the night and he also scored three runs. Troy Forkin, Jackson Emery, Will Hill, and Degan Gundry all contributed key base hits. The defensive star of the game was right fielder Charlie Clark, who threw a runner out and made a stellar diving catch in the eighth inning to preserve the lead.
Forkin threw into the fourth inning and struck out six. The bullpen was led by Emery, who dominated the Bennington lineup and struck out five batters across three innings. Weeks then entered to close out the victory.
Bennington played another fine game after going 4-0 in pool play. Carter Thompson had two hits and scored twice. Nat Greenslet also had two hits, including a solo home run in the eighth inning. Finn McRae had a base hit and scored two runs.
The two teams will play again on Saturday at 2 p.m., with Brattleboro a win away from clinching a trip to the state tournament.
Bennington outscored Brattleboro's youngest Little League All-Star team 16-6 on Wednesday to sweep the District 2 series and clinch a trip to the state tournament in Saint Albans.
Hayden Avard threw well in his start for Brattleboro and the bats finally clicked after the first two games, in which they were held to just one hit. Avard had a hit and knocked in a pair of runs. Kymarion Hall batted leadoff and got a base hit and a run scored. Sean Cozza, Brady Sparks, and Lucas Lamorder also got base hits in this one.
Cozza and Lamorder each scored two runs. Brattleboro got strong defense from Silas Golding, Avard, and Lucas Speno.
Jacoby Dicranian racked up four hits and crossed the plate three times from the leadoff spot in the order to lead the winners. Dicranian also started on the mound and contained the Brattleboro offense. Asa Reis continued his red hot series at the plate with a base hit and three runs scored. Jeffery Dunn collected two hits and two runs scored. Colby Hill hit a long double and scored twice as well.
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