Thursday June 21, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Three games in three nights? Four games in five? Not a problem, according to Post 68 pitcher/first baseman Peter Gregory.

"Ah, we're kids," shrugged Gregory, who was 4 for 4 in Post's 13-6 win over the Tyler Aces at Clapp Park on Wednesday. "We can handle it. It's like playing stickball in the street."

Gregory can certainly handle it. He had three singles and a double in four at-bats, scored two runs and had three RBI.

Post 68 starter Liam Nolan also proved he could handle it. Pitching in 90-plus degree temperature, Nolan allowed four runs on six hits over a five-inning span. He walked just one batter and struck out six for his second win over the Aces in a week.

"It certainly was, sir!" exclaimed Nolan good-naturedly when asked if it was hot out there on the mound.

"He's tough; he can handle it," said Gregory of his teammate.

Rory Slattery finished up for Post.

Post won its fourth game in a row, and third in three days to improve to 5-1 on the year. They still have one more game left this week, on Friday.

"I'd rather play during the week than on the weekends," said Post coach Jim Mazzer. "It's so tough to get kids to games on weekends. They have so many commitments."

This was kind of a "home game" for both squads, as both rosters are stocked with local ballplayers.


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But Gregory, a member of the Taconic baseball team in the spring, downplayed any extra incentive to beat the Aces, made up of Pittsfield players, as well as individuals on several other high school teams.

"Not really," he said. "It's kind of like a PHS-Taconic game, with a couple other guys thrown in."

Post has players from other local high schools as well.

"We gave Post a couple runs early, and they're too good a team to do that against," said Tyler Aces coach Bill Dassat. "We have the makings of a good pitching staff here, but we keep giving up big innings."

Dassat's assessment was right on. A five-run second and a four-run fourth killed his team.

In the second, Gregory had an RBI single, while Myles Candelet ripped a two-run double and Cory Decker had a two-run single.

The fourth saw Slattery slap a two-run base hit, while Hunter Stanton and Brian Bonacquisti had RBI singles.

The bottom third of Post's lineup was particularly lethal Wednesday. Bonacquisti, Candelet and Gregory were a combined 6 for 10, with four runs scored, two walks and seven RBI.

The Aces battled back. Down 6-0 going into the bottom of the third, Justin Hopkins singled, stole second base and scored on Mike Carpenter's double.

Up stepped the Aces' Chris Robitaille, who deposited a 2-2 Nolan pitch behind the center field fence for a two-run homer.

In the next inning, Josh Conant drilled a long double, stole third and scored on Joe DiMassimo's infield ground out.

But Post kept scoring, adding a run in the top of the fifth, and two more to open the sixth. Gregory's RBI double was the key hit in that inning.

In addition to Gregory, Slattery had a single and double, while Stanton had a pair of hits.

For the Aces, Carpenter had a single and a double.

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Post 68 051 412 0--13 13 1

Aces 003 102 0--6 7 2

Liam Nolan (5), Rory Slattery and Brian Bonacquisti. Taylor Hanford (3 1/3), Anthony Traversa (2 2/3), Josh Conant (1) and Chris Robitaille. W--Nolan. L--Hanford. 2B -- Post 3 (Myles Candelet, Peter Gregory, Rory Slattery). Aces 2 (Mike Carpenter, Josh Conant). HR -- Aces 1 (Chris Robitaille).