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Bucks break out the bats

  • Ethan Gilding, left, welcomes his Blue Mountain teammates Collin Punderson, middle, and Evan Dennis, right, back to the dugout after getting batted in on a double from Ricky Fennimore during their game with Oxbow in Bradford, Vt., Saturday, May 1, 2021. Blue Mountain won 19-4. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Carter Allen, of Oxbow, left, sprints for third after getting caught off base by Blue Mountain second baseman Evan Dennis, right, in Bradford, Vt., Saturday, May 1, 2021. Allen made it safely to third. Blue Mountain won 19-4. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Hayden Carle, of Blue Mountain, left, tags back to first base before Matt Curti, of Oxbow, right, can make the catch during Blue Mountain's 19-4 win in Bradford, Vt., Saturday, May 1, 2021. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Oxbow catcher Nate Bachus, left, tosses a fresh ball to pitcher Chase Lund, middle, after Hayden Carle, of Blue Mountain hit a foul during their game in Bradford, Vt., Saturday, May 1, 2021. Blue Mountain won 19-4. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 5/1/2021 9:47:29 PM
Modified: 5/1/2021 9:47:26 PM

BRADFORD, Vt. — The runs kept coming for the Blue Mountain Union High baseball team on Saturday, as the Bucks cruised to a 19-4 win over Oxbow.

Blue Mountain (3-0) racked up 18 hits, including five for extra bases, in the winning effort. After grabbing a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Bucks scored six runs in the second inning and seven runs in the third.

Blue Mountain head coach Scott Blood was pleased with his team’s mentality to keep the pressure on even with a big lead.

“Regardless of what the situation is, we approach it the same way every single inning, every single at-bat, every play defensively,” Blood said. “It doesn’t matter what the score is, what the situation is, and that’s one thing I really appreciate about this team. And I think is going to help us in the long haul.”

First baseman Ryan Fenninore led the way with a 4-for-4 afternoon, with a double, three RBIs and one run scored. Second baseman Collin Punderson went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, four RBIs and three runs scored. The home run led to a lengthy discussion between the umpires, Blood and Oxbow coach Shawn French that lasted more than 10 minutes. French argued that the ball bounced over the fence for what would have been a ground-rule double, but the umpires stuck with the call on the field.

BMU starting pitcher Evan Dennis recorded a 3-for-5 line, with two doubles, four RBIs and three runs scored. On the mound, Dennis pitched three innings, giving up three runs (all unearned) on two hits with five walks and five strikeouts.

Blood chalked the big day for his offense up to his hitters’ hard work at refining their approaches.

“I think the guys have really been pressing hard in practice to become more than a one-dimensional hitter,” Blood said. “Today, the bats came alive. I think they’re believing in what we’re trying to accomplish with our swings. And it all came together today.”

Oxbow (2-3) never found its footing in the game. The Olympians struggled to get the big hit, stranding the bases loaded twice, and inflicted too much damage on themselves with walks, wild pitches and errors. Sophomore starting pitcher Chase Lund lasted just 1⅓ innings, surrendering six runs (five earned) on three hits with four walks and one batter hit by a pitch.

Freshman right fielder Reece Ilsley went 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Oxbow finished with just one RBI, credited to junior left fielder Andrew Emerson. The other three runs scored on a dropped fly ball in center field with the bases loaded.

French said his team didn’t throw enough strikes to win, and he credited Blue Mountain’s pitching and hitting. He wants his young team to learn from games like this.

“We’re very young. We’ve got some freshmen starting in key places,” French said. “This is my 23rd year, and these are the most freshmen I’ve ever had in my starting lineup. And they get frustrated, and sometimes, emotionally, they’re freshmen. And that’s OK. We’re learning. We’re heading in the right direction.”

Blue Mountain returns home Monday to face Northfield. Oxbow hits the road to play Thetford on Tuesday.

Seth Tow can be contacted at stow@vnews.com.




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