Third time's a charm for Groeger's Gang

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BRATTLEBORO — Having been swept by Rutland during the regular season, the eighth-ranked Brattleboro varsity baseball team beat the ninth-seeded Raiders 9-1 in a Division 1 playoff game on Wednesday at Tenney Field.

"It's hard to beat a team three times in one season," said BUHS coach Chris Groeger. "We've been on the other side of that a couple times, beating Hartford twice during the regular season and then losing to them in the playoffs."

Adam Newton (11 K's, 1 BB, 1 HBP) fired a one-hitter to pick up the win. He also went 4-for-4 and drove in four runs to lead the attack.

"It was an all-around nice game for him," mentioned Groeger.

The game was deadlocked at 1-1 before the Colonels scored three runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth.

Hunter Beebe finished with two hits and two RBI. Chris Frost, Tyler Millerick and Evan Finnell chipped in with one hit each.

Brattleboro (11-6) will now play at top-seeded Champlain Valley Union (15-1) in a quarterfinal contest on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

"This is a huge challenge...being on the road, facing the No. 1 team, and possibly facing the No. 1 pitcher in the state," Groeger stated. "We will have to play near flawless baseball to beat them."

Brenden Gilbeau will start on the hill for the purple and white.

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