Post 13 pummels Ludlow

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BENNINGTON — When a team's offense is going on all cylinders, there's a old cliche about guys not hurting themselves going to the bat rack.

That means everyone wants to get in to the batter's box and take their swings against the opposition.

The Bennington Post 13 team sent 27 hitters to the plate in the first two innings and scored 18 runs en route to a 26-3 win in the first game of a doubleheader against Ludlow Post 36.

"We were patient and using their mistakes to our advantage," said Post 13 coach Scott Buck. "We played a whole game today."

The offense started right away off Ludlow starter Josh Letourneau. He faced six men in the first inning, walking four and allowing base hits to the others to leave the game down 3-0 with the bases loaded.

Dylan Merrow relieved and after getting a foul flyout, Bailey Cross singled home a run and Tanner King sent home a pair with a ground-rule double that one-hopped the fence in right field for a 6-0 lead.

Chandler Pouk ended the scoring with a sacrifice fly and a 9-0 lead after one inning.

After Post 36 scored a run in the top of the second, Post 13 put the game out of reach with nine more runs as 14 men came to the plate.

Cooper Weir singled, Will Buck walked and Andrew Stevens drove them both in with a single of his own. Jack Lane came in to hit for King in the No. 9 spot and doubled in a run. The line continued as Pouk singled, Ryan O'Neill drove in a run with a groundout and Buck added another single.

Stevens finished the scoring with another two-run single, giving him four RBI. Pouk also had four RBI.

"It was good to see some consistency, especially those guys at the top of the lineup," Buck said. "To put it all together is really good, we worked hard and played a good game today."

Brian Grace started for Post 13, going one inning plus three batters. He allowed two walks and two hits, along with a single run. Jack Lane came in to relieve and earned the victory, going two innings, striking out four and allowing one hit and one walk and no runs.

Will Buck and Chandler Pouk each pitched an inning to finish the 5-inning game.

"Jack has been busy this summer, he has a job, but he's committed to being here when he can be here and we use him when he is here," Buck said. "He'll start Tuesday against Randolph, so this was a little bit of a tuneup."

In the second game, Post 13 completed the sweep with a 9-2 victory. Post 13 batted around in the third inning to back Tanner King, who earned the win on the mound.

The pair of wins put Post 13's record at 6-9 on the season.


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