Post 13 ready for season's homestretch
BENNINGTON — With six games remaining in the regular season, the Post 13 American Legion baseball team sits at 9-9 and fourth in the Southern Division behind Brattleboro, Rutland and Lakes Region.
As of Wednesday, they are a half-game ahead of White River Junction in fifth and they'll need to keep winning to reach the postseason tournament for the first time since 2015.
"We have must-wins here on out, we have to keep winning," said Post 13 third-year coach Scott Buck.
As a team, Post 13 is hitting .299, led by Guy Milliman's .439 average in 41 at-bats. Chandler Pouk is second at .389, 21 hits in 54 at-bats, with Pat McDonald third at .323. Jack Lane, Tanner King and Brodie Krawczyk are all above .290.
Offensively, Pouk leads the team with 21 hits, while Milliman has 18 and Krawczyk has 16. McDonald is one of eight players with at least 10 hits this season, but McDonald is out for the rest of the year with a torn meniscus suffered during the Brattleboro game.
"Pat is a stud at shortshop, I think our infield is one of the best in the division," Buck said. "It's sad to see Pat out, but we have to keep going."
McDonald came back to the team as a coach against Bellows Falls on Tuesday night, sparking the team to a big comeback over Post 37.
Mount Anthony rising junior Brodie Krawczyk, who has batted leadoff for most of the season, leads the team in runs scored with 18, followed by Pouk's 17. Rowe and Milliman are next with 12 runs scored.
Pouk leads the team in on-base percentage at .507, followed by Milliman at .489 and Tanner King at .474.
Pitching-wise, Post 13 has been led by Joey McCoy, Caleb Hay and Jack Lane. Lane got a win against Randolph, while Dylan Babson earned one against Rutland last week where Krawczyk drove in the game-winning run.
On Tuesday night against Bellows Falls, Post 13 got down 7-0 before coming back in an 11-9 win.
The rest of the schedule includes a pair of games against Rutland, one each against Brattleboro and Lakes Region and two big games against White River Junction. The winner of those likely gets the fourth spot. It will be a tough task, the strength of schedule of the remaining teams is a whopping .646.
Lakes Region is best in the Southern Division at 16-4, while Rutland and Brattleboro are at 13-5 and 13-6, respectively.
"We have to win the games that we're supposed to win and get a couple against those top teams," Buck said.
White River Junction is 6-6, so the fourth and final seed for the Legion tournament — which starts on July 27 at Colchester — is up for grabs.
"It's the first time in a few years that we've played meaningful baseball this late in the season," Buck said.
Post 13 has five games in five days starting Saturday against White River Junction.
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