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Wasps Put It All Together In Easy Win Over Terriers

Westminster, Vt. — Every so often, a team plays so well it makes the coach realize why he loves the game of baseball. Woodstock Union High had one of those games yesterday.

Woodstock, losers of four of its last five, forgot all about recent team history to turn around and beat up on a good Bellows Falls team, 7-1.

“That’s exactly what we wanted to see,” said Woodstock coach Jason Tarleton. “We entered the game today with the right mental approach. You could just feel it.”

Woodstock (4-7) tries to keep the momentum going at Leland and Gray next Tuesday.

What Tarleton saw was a defense that didn’t make an error, an offense that had all nine starters with at least one hit and a pitcher in Zach Cole who took a shutout into the sixth and finished with a six-hitter.

“When Zach pitches, the players behind him play with confidence,” said Tarleton.

Bellows Falls (6-4) was never able to string anything together, and Terrier coach Bob Lockerby was bothered by his team’s plate management.

“We took too many down-the-middle strikes and went after too many pitches out of the strike zone,” Lockerby said. “We made their pitcher very happy today.”

Cole threw 112 pitches. He struck out five and walked three.

Bellows Falls had a little more success against Cole in the later innings, scoring in the sixth and then putting two men on in the seventh before Alex King made a game-ending diving catch of a line drive in left field off the bat of the hard-hitting Mike LaBeau, who had already singled and doubled.

Before scoring in the sixth, the Terriers had two runners on in the fifth with two outs when Woodstock shortstop Doug Avellino ranged all the way behind the second base bag to make the play.

Woodstock got its first two runs in the third when the Wasps put four hits and a walk together. One run scored on a Cole single and the other on a bases loaded walk.

In the sixth inning, singles by King and Dylan Kuhn along with an infield out put runners on second and third, setting up a two-run single from No. 9 hitter Matt Poljacik for a 4-0 lead.

Bellows Falls closed to within 4-1 in the sixth, but in the top of the seventh the Wasps strung four hits together, with King driving in two more runs.

Connor Joyce, Cole, King and Poljacik all had two hits for the Wasps, who had 13 hits in the game, earning praise from Tarleton.

“We have a lot of kids here with a lot of talent,” he said.