Post 91’s season ends after loss in state tournament

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Tyler Roberge takes a cut at a low pitch during Essex Post 91’s game against the Colchester Cannons on July 18.  PHOTO | COLIN FLANDERS

Tyler Roberge takes a cut at a low pitch during Essex Post 91’s game against the Colchester Cannons on July 18.
PHOTO | COLIN FLANDERS

Essex Post 91’s season came to an end Sunday after a 13-12 loss to the Colchester Cannons in extra-innings during the state tournament held at Castleton University.

Post 91 began their tournament with a 14-2 victory against Bennington Post 13, and then rolling through Brattleboro 5-0 off a two hit, 19 strikeout gem by pitcher Sam Mikell.

In their third game, Post 91 faced off against Hartford Post 26 on Saturday. Play picked up Sunday after rain suspended play in the top of the eighth inning with Essex down 7-5. Post 91 scored one more run but came up just short of the comeback effort, losing by a final score of 7-6.

Later that day, Post 91 took on the Cannons in an elimination game, stacking up a 5-0 lead heading into the fifth inning. The lead was not built to last, however, as the Cannons struck back for six runs in the fifth.

Essex added three runs in the sixth to get back out front, only to yet again forgo the lead after a four-run sixth inning from the Cannons.

A two-run top of the seventh tied up the game at 10—lasting less than an inning—as the Cannons plated two more in the bottom of the seventh.

Essex, not yet ready to head home, continued the trend with a two-run top of the ninth to square things at 12.

After a scoreless bottom of the ninth, the game entered extra-innings, where Essex would strand runners at first and second.

The Cannons decided enough was enough, plating the final run off a Cole Reilly single in the bottom of the tenth, bringing Post 91’s successful season to an end.

— Staff report