Fourth inning struggles haunt Post 13 in loss to Rutland

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BENNINGTON — Since its three-game winning streak, the Post 13 American Legion baseball team's play on the field has not been stellar at all, as Bennington lost their third straight game on Thursday in a 14-4 five inning defeat to Post 31.

"We didn't play well," said Post 13 coach Scott Buck. "We issued a lot of walks and misplayed a couple balls in the field early on and that hurt us as the game went. Just wasn't our day."

Bennington found themselves down early when Rutland's Josh Beayon smoked an RBI single off Post 13 starter Jack Lane to give Post 31 a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

Post 13 responded though in the bottom of the second inning, tying the game at 1-1 on James Reilly's two-out bases loaded walk.

That was all the damage Bennington could muster, however as Rutland starter Kyle Shannon got Brian Grace to pop up to second to end the inning.

Rutland went on to retake the lead in third inning when walks began to hurt Lane and Post 13, with a leadoff walk leading to Post 31 taking a 2-1 lead on a RBI groundout by Payson Williams.

Errors then began to doom Bennington with a couple misplayed balls in the infield leading to Rutland taking a 3-1 lead.

Things really got out hand for Post 13 in the fourth inning with Jacob Godfrey starting things off for Post 31 with a RBI single.

Following a run on a wild pitch, Reece DeCastro boomed a two-run single to extend the Rutland lead to 7-1.

DeCastro delivered more damage for Post 31 later on in the frame, capping off a 11-run inning for Rutland with an RBI single to make a 14-1 contest.

"Rutland is a very good team," Buck said. "They hit the ball well and they execute on the field. We didn't execute on the field."

Bennington didn't show any quit, though, with Andrew Stevens coming on to strikeout the side for Bennington in the fifth inning.

In the bottom half of the frame, Bennington got the bats going as Cooper Weir smacked a two-run single up the middle to make it a 14-3 game. Weir came around to score later on in the inning for Post 13 on an errant throw by Rutland's catcher trying to throw out Evan Crumb at second base.

Buck was proud of the way his team competed and battled back in the last inning.

"Never say die," Buck said. "Our team is going to fight hard until the game is over. That's one thing I never doubt about our team is their effort on the field."

With the loss, Bennington drops 3-8 on the season.

Post 13 will look to rebound when they host Randolph for a doubleheader on Saturday.

"The Rutland game is in the past and we need to move forward to our doubleheader against Randolph on Saturday," Buck said. "Our team knows it came play with anybody their going to ball. All our guys know how to play ball. We just have to execute better on the field."

Reach assistant sports editor Steven Bassin at 802-447-7567 ext 112 or @SBassin_Banner


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