MIDDLEBURY-Coming off a pair of losses in which they scored just one run in each game, the Addison Country Legion baseball went into action on Saturday looking to get some offense going.
By the end of the day the local nine had put up seven runs in their first two home games of the season. But it wasn't enough as they dropped to 0-4 falling 7-4 to Bennington Post 13 in the first game and 4-3 to Rutland Post 31 in the second.
Coach Mike Esty's ball club spotted the powerful Bennington ball club an early 4-0 lead, before rallying to close the gap in the third inning. A Charlie Stapleford double that drove in two runs was the big blow in the inning as Addison County closed two within 4-3.
But they would get no closer as Bennington added some insurance with a run in the fourth and two more in the sixth. Nate Tabor started on the mound for Addison County going the first four innings allowing the four runs on seven hits. Marshall Hastings and Logan Williams each had a hit and a run scored.
In the second game Rutland and Addison County were deadlocked at 2-2 going into the middle innings. But Post 31 snapped the tie scoring a pair of runs on a throwing error in the top half of the fourth.
Addison County had a chance to pull out the win in the bottom of the seventh parlaying a walk, a hit and a throwing error for a run. But the rally died with the tying and winning runs on second and third base.
Logan Williams was the hard luck loser giving up two unearned runs in pitching the final four innings. Devon Hayes lead the local nine at the plate going two-for-three.
Despite the two losses Esty was pleased with the way his young ball club (which features five sophomores on the roster) competed with the two tradition southern legion powers.
"Everybody expects Bennington to be the power in the south this year and Rutland is traditionally one of the strongest teams down there," said Esty. "We hung tough with both of them and we had our chances in the bottom of the seventh against Rutland, but just couldn't get the big hit when we needed it."
Developing the ability to hit in the clutch will go a long way in determining how well his ball club will do this season says Esty.
"Our goal every year is to finish in the top four in the north and make the playoffs," said Esty. "I think we have enough pitching and defense, if we can start swinging the bats and get some big hits I think we will be right there."
The local nine returns to action hosting a doubleheader at the Middlebury College baseball diamond this Saturday taking on the Orleans County Kings with the first game starting at noon.