WESTMINSTER — Lakes Region, with its playoff chances on life support, will have one more day to salvage something of this season. When Saturday's scheduled doubleheader at Bellows Falls began, Post 37, with its 7-4 record, had a solid hold on the No. 4 and final Southern Vermont American Legion tourney position. The team with the best chance to catch BF was Lakes Region, which came into the game at 6-6. Both teams knew that weather could be a factor as there was a lot of rain in the forecast. Kevin Vancor, the BF manager, took out his phone, which indicated that the teams should get the 4 p.m. first game in. "Looks like it's going to start raining about seven,” said Vancor. Weatherman Vancor was not far off. It started to pour around 6:45 p.m. as the teams were just getting started in the second inning of the second game and play was halted and never resumed. Ironically, Bellows Falls was scheduled to play Lakes Region on Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Peter's Field in Rutland. While both teams were involved in lengthy discussions as the sky cleared and the sun came out it was decided to complete the second game at 2 p.m. Sunday with the regularly scheduled game to follow. When the rains came — and they came hard for 30 minutes or so, soaking the field and creating puddles along the third base line and around second base — the game was scoreless with Lakes Region's Zach Bates leading off the inning with a 2-0 count. Parker Morse was pitching for Lakes Region and Kendal Heath for BF. A four-run third inning and the pitching of Seth Balch was the story of BF's 6-2 win in the first game. Balch went six and one-third innings with nine strikeouts, one walk and six hits. Keeping the walks down has always been important to Balch, who one day hopes to do his pitching at Keene State College. “It's an ongoing thought process,” Balch said of his pitching mechanics. “I have to stay focused and hit the target. I think I did that and controlled the ball real good.” “It was typical Seth Balch,” said his coach Bill Lockerby. “Very effective.” Balch had to leave the game with one out in the sixth inning when his pitch count got to the 105 limit. Josh Woods finished up. Aubrey Ramey went the first four innings for Lakes Region with Morse hurling the final two frames. Six consecutive batters reached for BF in the fourth inning. An error got the one-out rally started as Jake Streeter reached on the bobble and promptly stole second, from where he was driven in by MacGregor Vancor. Singles by Balch and Tucker Wright followed to load the bases. Heath kept the rally going with a two-run single with the fourth run coming across on another LR error. BF added the fifth run in the fifth inning on a Darwin Holcomb base hit and the sixth run came in the sixth inning on a double steal. Andrew Lantheir had a two-run triple for Lakes Region in the sixth. Lakes Region head coach Adam Greenlese was away on family business. Dave Kent was the head coach for the day.

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