June 24, 2018
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Alexander, strong defense propel Brewer Legion team past Trenton

By Joe Sturzl, Special to the BDN

BREWER, Maine — Brewer turned four double plays and Kyle Alexander went the distance on the mound to propel the Falcons over the Trenton Acadians 10-3 Sunday afternoon in an American Legion baseball game at Heddericg Field.

“I think we did a really good job playing defense today, we had four double plays. Our pitcher forced those guys to hit ground balls and our infielders were great,” said Brewer head coach Darrell Pluard.

Alexander pitched nine innings despite the hot, muggy day, giving up three runs on eight hits while striking out five and walking just one on 106 pitches.

“He was really good when he got ahead. Some of our guys were not as aggressive on the first couple of pitches as we would have liked,” said Trenton head coach Kyle McKim.

Trenton got on the board in the top of the first, with Tony Vianco hitting a single. He moved to second after Alexander hit Conor Moury, and Ben Walls hit an RBI double to make the score 1-0.

“The first inning was kind of tough, then I settled in, and things got better from there. The four double plays today were huge,” Alexander said.

Walls paced Trenton with two doubles, one single and an RBI. He was also the losing pitcher, going 7⅔ innings, giving up 10 runs on 13 hits with two strikeouts and four walks.

Brewer tied the game in the third with Jon Stanhope reaching on a single and eventually scoring on an outfield error. The Falcons then took the lead in the fourth after Matt Morris reached on an error and Chase Allen singled. Carter DeRedin then hit an RBI single and Stanhope followed with a sacrifice fly to center to give Brewer a 3-1 lead.

Allen led Brewer with three singles, two RBIs and one run scored.

“We started out a little slow, then we decided we have to pick it up,” said Brewer catcher Nick Moore. “With the way other teams are playing, we have to start winning games, and we can’t let up no matter who we are playing.”

Mike Grimble and Logan Rogerson started the Brewer seventh with a walk and double, with Rogerson’s double driving in Grimble. Tyler McGuire followed with another double, driving in Rogerson.

Mike Domagala attempted to start a Trenton comeback in the eighth, leading off with a single. Steve Mahon reached on a fielder’s choice, and both runners scored one batter later on a two-run double by Vianco, bringing the Acadians to within two.

Brewer secured the win in the eighth with five runs, with all nine batters in the lineup hitting to extend the lead to 10-3.

“All [Walls] does is battle. He got up 0-2 on [the last batter he faced] and the next thing you know it’s headed to right center. I left him in for one or two batters too many,” McKim said.

The victory avenged Brewer’s loss to Trenton earlier in the season, something that motivated the Falcons.

“They are a scrappy team, and we knew that,” Pluard said. “They blew us out down at their place, it was close for five innings or so, then they exploded on us and scored five or six runs. We had a little bit of revenge in mind.”

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