Colonels bounce right back, mercy MAU
BRATTLEBORO — Brenden Gilbeau was throwing the ball on Thursday afternoon, but his rivals will always remember him for one of his catches.
Eighteen months after he stepped in front of an MAU pass and raced 60 yards to the house to seal a victory on Natowich Field, Gilbeau fired a three-hitter to lead the Brattleboro varsity baseball team past the Patriots 17-4.
"We only had a small sample of him last year, because he only pitched five innings for us," said BUHS coach Chris Groeger. "I'm very happy with his performance. The big thing is, he threw strikes."
Gilbeau, who struck out three and walked just one in his five innings of work, cruised through the first three frames. The only MAU baserunner in that span was Quintin McIntire, who earned a free pass.
The outing was just what the Colonels needed following a surprising 10-1 loss to Fair Haven on Tuesday.
"The effort was a 100 percent turnaround from that game," noted Groeger. "We were a different team. We had enthusiasm and we came prepared to play."
Adam Newton's RBI single and Tyler Millerick's run-scoring double gave the purple and white a 2-0 lead in the first frame. Jeremy Rounds had started it with a single to left, on a ball that Greg Short described as taking "a Carl Tenney hop" over the head of MAU shortstop Brody Krawczyk.
The Colonels would send 17 batters to the plate in the third inning, extending their advantage to 15-0. Evan Finnell drove three runs in during the surge, including a blooper that fell in shallow center and a two-run single to left. Hunter Beebe, Gilbeau and Newton all chipped in with a hit that brought in a run.
Gilbeau would run into a little trouble in the fourth and fifth innings, giving up two runs in each frame. Beebe (1B) made the defensive play of the day in the fifth by diving to his right to take away a hit.
Beebe also had his team's offensive highlight down the stretch, as he lined an RBI single to right in the fourth.
Newton, Beebe and Finnell all finished with two hits for the Colonels (2-1). Millerick went 1-for-1 with three walks, while Kris Carroll, Rounds and Gilbeau all hit safely.
MAU lineup: Brody Krawczyk SS, Charlie Groton 2B, Ethan Labatt CF, Caleb Hay 3B, Tanner King 1B, Thomas Pietryzk RF, Cole Bushee P, Jack Ware LF, Quintin McIntire DH.
Brattleboro lineup: Jeremy Rounds 2B, Chris Frost CF, Tyler Millerick C, Kris Carroll 3B, Adam Newton SS, Hunter Beebe 1B, Brenden Gilbeau P, Jack Price LF, Evan Finnell RF.
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