Colonels stumble on home field

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BRATTLEBORO — On a night when some people were watching from their couch as Marge temporarily lost her sight during an eclipse and Bart had a crush on a volunteer at his Grampa's nursing home, others were glued to a young man who shares the famous family's last name.

Ben Simpson struck out four, walked zero and scattered five hits in seven innings of work to lead the Rutland varsity baseball team to a 2-1 victory over Brattleboro on Monday at Tenney Field.

"I thought we would be able to generate more traffic on the bases, but credit their pitcher," commented BUHS skipper Chris Groeger. "Their pitcher threw strikes and we took some lazy swings."

After Chris Frost singled to right in the first frame, Simpson recorded 10 consecutive outs. He retired the side in the second, third and sixth innings.

"We have had very limited opportunities in our past two games," stated Groeger, whose team was coming off of a 2-0 loss to Burr and Burton.

The Raiders scored an unearned run in the second and another in the fifth to go ahead 2-0. Lucas Cornell's RBI single up the middle was the team's offensive highlight.

"We're not good enough to make mistakes like that," the Brattleboro skipper said of his team's three errors.

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The purple and white scored their lone run in the bottom of the seventh. Kris Carroll led off with a single and eventually went home on Brenden Gilbeau's base knock up the middle. Carroll and Gilbeau paced the hosts with two hits apiece, including the former's triple to left-center in the fourth.

Starting pitcher Adam Newton went 6 2/3 innings for the Colonels. The senior ace fanned 11, walked three and gave up six hits.

"This one hurts. We wasted a pretty good pitching performance," Groeger remarked. "I'm absolutely happy with the way he pitched. What more can you ask for?"

Newton got some help in the seventh, when catcher Tyler Millerick fired a strike to second base to gun down the stealing Tanner Merrill.

The Colonels dropped to 6-3 overall. They follow CVU (7-0), Colchester (4-1), South Burlington (7-2), Burr and Burton (5-2), Lyndon (4-2), Essex (3-2) and Saint Johnsbury (3-2) in the Division 1 standings.

Cornell had a couple of hits to lead the 3-4 Raiders.

Rutland lineup: Ethan Coarse C, Sean Olson 3B, Ben Simpson P, Justin Aker CF, Zack Bates SS, Willie Goulette RF, Lucas Cornell DH, Cayden Marchinkowski 1B, Matt Noel LF.

Brattleboro lineup: Jeremy Rounds 2B, Chris Frost DH, Tyler Millerick C, Kris Carroll 3B, Adam Newton P, Hunter Beebe 1B, Jack Price CF, Brenden Gilbeau LF, Evan Finnell RF.


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