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Woodstock Baseball Dealt 2nd Straight Loss

Westminster, Vt. — After winning its first 10 games, Woodstock hit a bump in the road — make that two bumps — as the Wasps lost for the second time this week, 12-4, at Hadley Field in Bellows Falls on Wednesday.

When the Wasps were on their win streak, the pitchers threw strikes, the defense picked the ball up and offense had timely hitting. They did none of those things on Wednesday.

Woodstock coach Jason Tarleton was not happy after an 11-10 loss to Mount St. Joseph two days ago, and what happened at BF did little to improve his disposition.

“We have to get a little more discipline,” Tarleton said.

Woodstock pitchers gave up just five hits but there were 11 walks from three pitchers, four errors, and the Terriers stole eight bases.

“We’ve been running well all year,” said BF coach Ryan Stoodley, once again filling in for Bob Lockerby, who is recovering from back surgery.

Bellows Falls is one of the hottest teams in Vermont Division II, having won seven of its last eight after opening the season 1-3.

Only three BF batters went down on strikes and Stoodley thought that was the key.

“When you put the ball in play, you force the defense to make plays,” Stoodley said.

Woodstock scored all its runs in the first inning, when it got three of its six hits. Singles by Doug Avellino and Brad Lewis got the Wasps going. There was also a Bellows Falls error, a walk, a wild pitch and an RBI single from Dylan Kuhn. But that was Woodstock’s scoring for the day.

Bellows Falls pitcher Colby Howe survived that shaky start and followed that with two shutout innings. Jacob Streeter pitched the next three frames, with Chris Armstrong finishing up.

Matt Poljacik tossed the first four innings for Woodstock, with Brad Lewis going the final two.

After falling behind 4-0, BF came back with five runs in the bottom of the first and added five more in the fourth and two more in the fifth.

“We just couldn’t get ourselves into good pitching counts,” Tarleton said. “We couldn’t get the pitch count in our favor.”

Lewis and Avellino each had two hits for the Wasps, while Howe and Brady Illingworth each had two hits for BF.

Both teams are looking at busy schedules. Woodstock is at Twin Valley on Friday, followed by home games against Windsor (Saturday) and Springfield (Tuesday). Bellows Falls goes to Windsor on Friday, followed by home games against Rutland (Saturday) and Mill River (Tuesday).