BARRE — SD Ireland scored six runs in the seventh inning to outlast Barre Post 10 during Monday’s 10-4 Legion baseball victory.
A three-run homer by Aidan Johnson and a solo shot by Ian Parent helped power the SD Ireland offense. Teammate Jackson Konowitz earned the victory after entering the game in the bottom of the sixth inning.
“They scored in the first and the third and the fourth, but we battled and we played well,” Barre coach Cody Carlson said.
Barre used a four-run sixth inning to tie the score at 4. Dalton Cody went 2-for-4 to pace Barre at the plate and teammate Josh Morrill had a one-run single. Jalen Lewis started on the mound for Post 10, throwing 87 pitches over four innings. He gave up five hits, recorded two strikeouts and issued one walk. Barre will travel to play the Colchester Cannons for a doubleheader on Saturday. Post 10 will host the Cannons at noon Sunday.
“Other than one game against OEC, we’e been in every game,” Carlson said. “We’re trying to cut down on our errors and we’re trying to see better pitchers. But it’s tough in a league where most players are going off to college, and three-quarters of my kids are barely going to be (high school) juniors.”
Rutland 4, Lakes Region 2
RUTLAND — Nate Hudson has been playing against Andrew Lanthier since grade school but had never seen him pitch. That didn’t have any ill effects on the Rutland Post 31 third baseman Monday night.
Hudson was the player Lanthier had the most problems solving. Hudson drove in Post 31’s first and fourth runs in Rutland’s 4-2 victory over Lakes Region in American Legion play at St. Peter’s Field.
Lanthier allowed only four hits but that wound up being too many as Lakes Region dropped its second straight against its county rivals.
Hudson singled during a three-run first inning and after Lakes Region climbed to within 3-2 he singled in a pad run for winning pitcher Josh Beayon in the fifth.
“’Captain Clutch.’ He’s always been that,” said Lakes Region coach Adam Greenlese. “You look at that (Division II high school) championship game a couple years ago when he drove in the winning run. That’s what he does. He’s a solid ballplayer.”
Hudson said he hit two fastballs for his base hits.
“Everyone’s working hard to get on base so it’s a good feeling,” Hudson said. “(Lanthier) has really good stuff. He’s going to be a solid No. 2 with Aubrey Ramey (for Fair Haven High) next year.”
“We rolled the dice with Andrew. He was a little nervous but he settled down,” said Greenlese.
Lanthier retired nine straight Post 31 hitters at one point but the fast start was all Rutland needed to strengthen its grip on first place in the Southern Division, where Post 31 is 8-1 and Lakes Region 6-3.
These teams will meet twice next week at Castleton University but will be in action Tuesday night. Lakes Region will play a twinbill at Bellows Falls Post 37 Tuesday night (first pitch at 4:30 p.m.) while Post 31 plays a single game at Bennington Post 13.