Colonels cruise on diamond
BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Union High School varsity baseball team scored six runs over the first four innings and went on to defeat Bellows Falls 9-0 in Monday's season opener at Tenney Field.
Senior Leif Bigelow, who will be playing at UConn next spring, fired a no-hit shutout to lead the winners. He fanned 16, walked two, and hit one batter.
"He was dominating," BUHS coach Chris Groeger said of his ace. "He was pretty economical with his pitches. He struggled a little early on with his command, but he really settled in after the second inning."
It was the second consecutive no-hitter thrown by Bigelow, who shut down Mount Mansfield in a 2017 playoff game in his previous varsity start. He was throwing his fastball in the low 80s on Monday, according to Groeger.
Tyler Millerick and Adam Newton each had a couple of hits to lead Brattleboro offensively. Millerick also swiped three bases, Bigelow drove in three runs, Dan Petrie belted an RBI double, and Kam Pelkey chipped in with a run-scoring single.
"I want to see us swing the bats better," noted the winning skipper. "We ran the bases well — we had five stolen bases.
Spencer Clark pitched five innings for the Terriers. He struck out two, walked one, gave up five hits, and allowed six runs.
Newton will take the hill when Brattleboro (1-0) hosts Windsor on Thursday at 5 p.m.
"Windsor is a very good team. They scored 13 runs in their opener," Groeger stated. "Newton has got to mix his pitches up, stay composed, and stay down in the zone."
Bellows Falls (0-1) will play at Mill River on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
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