WESTMINSTER -The Bellows Falls Union High School baseball team recently got a big win over the defending, Division III state champion Leland & Gray, knocking off the Rebels, 8-2, in Bellows Falls.
The Terriers perhaps played their most complete game of the season, putting together some runs early on, while also limiting their mistakes, something that has hurt them at times during the year.
Cooper Long got the start for the Terriers and pitched well, giving up only two runs while striking out six. "The weather was warm and my arm felt really good today," the pitcher told reporters after the game. "We hit the ball when we needed to and got some key runs early in the game."
Bellows Falls jumped out early with a run in the first inning, when leadoff hotter Matt Marchica singled, stole second, then scored on a errant throw while trying to steal third.
The Terriers would get another run in the third on back-to-back singles from Forrest Coleman and Marchica, before another wild throw on an attempted steal produced another run.
The Terriers made the score 3-0 in the fourth when Jeremy Kilburn walked and stole second, before scoring on a strange infield pop up that no one could get to, allowing Kilburn to come all the way around to score.
The Rebels finally got on the board in the fifth inning on an error, a Drew Barnum single and a Brandon Reilly ground out. However the Terriers came right back with two more runs on two walks, an infield hit from Luke Brophy and a beautiful squeeze bunt from Kilburn.
Then on the very next play, the Terriers tried another squeeze play, working it to perfection as Long laid down another bunt to score Marchica . An infield error then breought in another run and an 8-1 lead, before the Rebels got one more in the seventh. The Terriers added two more runs late on a couple wild pitches from reliever Tyler Russell.
Leland & Gray starter Gabe Pozzi pitched well enough to deserve a better fate, taking the loss despite striking out six, however he also walked five and on this day, didn't have the normally stingy Rebel defense behind him.