Brattleboro baseball team cruises on road
WESTMINSTER — A Bellows Falls fan asked a question after she took her seat behind home plate on Wednesday afternoon and glanced out toward the mound.
"Is that Adam Newton?"
The Brattleboro senior may have started looking more like Babe Ruth as the varsity baseball game went on, pitching a three-hit shutout and also going 4-for-4 at the plate to lead the Colonels to an easy 11-0 win over the host Terriers in the season opener.
"I thought it was a good performance by Adam. The conditions are not ideal, it's cold, and he still threw the ball well," said BUHS coach Chris Groeger.
Newton fanned 12 and walked four in his six innings of work. He also left nine runners on base and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third.
With a cold wind blowing, the Colonels took a 2-0 lead in the first frame. After Jeremy Rounds led off with a single to left, Tyler Millerick contributed with an RBI sacrifice fly and Newton belted a run-scoring double to right.
Brattleboro tacked on five more runs in the second inning to make it 7-0. Brenden Gilbeau started it with a one-out double to right, while Hunter Beebe and Millerick each delivered with a two-run single during the surge.
"Come on, Pup. Here you go, Puppy," a Brattleboro backer shouted as Millerick dug in.
McGregor Vancor, who went 2-for-3 to lead Bellows Falls offensively, would stop the bleeding momentarily. He pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, picking off a pair of runners in the process.
The Colonels added four more runs in the sixth, however, to win by the mercy rule. Kris Carroll and Chris Frost each singled in that span, but it was an RBI triple to right by Newton that was the biggest blow.
"I thought that our offense was good. We were constantly putting pressure on them," Groeger stated. "I said before the season that we would run, and we ran."
Evan Finnell, Gilbeau, Millerick and Frost all swiped a base for the 1-0 Colonels, who will host Fair Haven on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Newton finished with four hits and Frost went 2-for-2, while Rounds, Millerick, Carroll, Beebe, Gilbeau and Shane Cyr all had one hit.
Grady Lockerby went 1-for-2 for Bellows Falls (0-1), which will host Mount Anthony Union on Saturday at noon.
Brattleboro lineup: Jeremy Rounds 2B, Chris Frost CF, Tyler Millerick SS, Kris Carroll C, Adam Newton P, Hunter Beebe 1B, Jack Price RF, Shane Cyr DH, Brenden Gilbeau LF.
Bellows Falls lineup: McGregor Vancor CF, Jack Burke 2B, Grady Lockerby LF, Noah Rawling RF, Griff Waryas SS, Gunnar Sawyer C, Jack Brown P, Elliott Graham 3B, Jeb Monier 1B.
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