CASTLETON — The Manchester Union Underground baseball team is in the throes of a special season of American Legion baseball. When Manchester swept a Lake District Doubleheader on Saturday, 13-5 and 10-0, they took their record to 6-1.
Max Brownlee took the win in Game 1 with a strong relief performance from Jack McCoy.
It was more or less the same in Game 2, with Manchester ending it after five innings on the 10 run rule.
Union Underground established their dominance early with two points in the first and six more in the second to take an 8-0 lead.
Trevor Greene had an RBI single in the first inning and Dan Scarlotta and RBI doubled in the inning.
Scarlotta was just getting started. He finished the day going 3 for 3 with a single, a double and a triple.
“I was in a crisis, so I just wanted to go out there and make contact and not try to kill him,” Scarlotta said. “I could see the ball very well today.”
Manchester had four hits in that second six run with Charles Kunz, Sam Steinman, Scarlotta and Griff Briggs doing the honors. Greene also contributed with a sacrificial fly to deep left field.
Manchester sent 12 batters to the plate in that inning.
They reached the 10-run rule with two more runs in the fourth, an inning highlighted by Scarlotta’s surging triple RBI.
Steinman also singled in the inning and went 2-for-4. Greene also had two hits.
Will Addington pitched the full game victory, a four hit. He withdrew six.
Alex Patch started for the Lakers and gave way to Ryan Alt in the second.
Alt was tough but inherited an 8-0 deficit.
“We hit the ball well. The heart of the order really took care of business,” Manchester manager Eddie Lewicki said.
“And Will Addington gave us five good innings.”
“I knew we were going to be a good baseball club but I didn’t know we would be this good,” Scarlotta said.
The Lakers live on the other side of baseball. They’ve weathered a 2-9 season so far.
“It’s tough when you’re always behind in the first set,” Lakes Region coach Adam Greenlese said. “We have to find a way out of the gate.”
They hope that can be the formula on Tuesday and Wednesday, the two home games at Castleton University. Brattleboro comes calling Tuesday and Bellows Falls Wednesday.