Costa-Walsh, Horowitz win Firecracker 4-Miler

Costa-Walsh, Horowitz win Firecracker 4-Miler

Colin Costa-Walsh, 19, of Putney and Kelly Horowitz, 43, of Landenberg, Pa., were the overall winners at the 41st Bill Powers Memorial Firecracker 4-Miler on July 4 in Brattleboro.

Costa-Walsh finished in 24 minutes, 23 seconds - 21 seconds ahead of Nate Antaya, 38, of West Chesterfield, N.H. Ryan Gilligan, 21, of Vernon was third in 25:03.

Horowitz placed 12th overall as the first woman to finish in 28:41. Maggie St. John, 15, of Hinsdale, N.H., was second in 30:17, and finished 15th overall. Victoria White, 26, of Alexandria, Va., was the third woman to finish and was 16th overall in 30:24.

Temperatures in the low 90s at race time kept down the size of the field. There were only 85 runners this year. For complete results, visit

Legion roundup

• Despite having five members of the starting lineup unavailable due to injury, illness, or absence, Bellows Falls Post 37 put up a good fight against Brattleboro Post 5 in a 5-4 loss in an American Legion Baseball game on July 3 at Tenney Field.

Bellows Falls had a chance to steal a win, thanks to the play of Seth Balch. The Windsor High School star who led the Yellowjackets to Division III state championships in football and baseball is playing for Post 37 this summer.

On the mound, Balch shut down most of the Brattleboro hitters, save for Adam Newton, who doubled, tripled and drove in two runs. Jeremy Rounds chipped in with a hit and an RBI for Post 5.

Post 5 starting pitcher Tanner Bell struck out three, walked one, and scattered six hits in five innings of work to earn the win. Dan Petrie pitched two innings of relief for the save.

Brattleboro and Bellows Falls will meet again on July 12 under the lights at Hadley Field at 7 p.m.

• The win over Post 37 was a nice bounce-back for Brattleboro, which went 1-3 in the Gubby Underwood Tournament in Keene, N.H., on June 29 and 30.

Post 5 lost to Leominster, Mass. 6-0, and then was shut out by Keene, N.H. 10-0. Bell was the losing pitcher against Leominster, giving 10 hits over five innings for Post 5. Petrie led Brattleboro with two hits, while Tyler Millerick, Chris Frost, and Ben Betz each had one hit. Rounds was the losing pitcher against Keene, while Betz led the Post 5 offense with two hits.

Brattleboro finished the tournament with a doubleheader split against Lakes Region on Saturday, losing the opener, 6-0, and winning the second game, 2-1. Petrie, Millerick, Frost and Tommy Carroll all had a hit in Game 1. Leif Bigelow, Millerick, and Carroll each had a hit in Game 2, while Petrie pitched two innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win.

• Post 37 entered the Brattleboro game on a bit of a roll, having swept Randolph on June 30, winning the opener 13-6 and the sequel 7-5.

Kendal Heath and Josh Woods split pitching duties in Game 1, with Heath striking out four and Woods pitching 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. At the plate, Heath had three hits and five RBIs, while Clayton Groenewold added three hits and three RBIs. McGregor Vancor also had three hits and drove in a run while Balch and Tucker Wright each had two hits.

Post 37 rallied from a 5-4 deficit in Game 2 by scoring three runs in the sixth; Groenewold's two-run single and Vancor's RBI single were the key hits. Woods earned the victory in relief after allowing just one hit in two innings of work. Spencer Clark fanned three and walked zero over the first five frames.

• Both Post 5 and Post 37 were in action on July 5. At Hadley Field, Post 37 shut down Randolph, 7-1, while Post 5 lost to White River Junction Post 84, 8-3, at Tenney Field.

Rex Hill threw five shutout innings to pick up the win for Post 37, while Clark finished up in relief. Vancor hit an RBI triple and Jack Brown had a two-run double.

Millerick and Carroll each had two hits in Post 5's loss.

Little League roundup

• Bennington handed the Brattleboro 12-and-under All-Stars their second straight defeat in the Little League District 2 tournament with a 7-2 decision at Hogan Field on July 6.

Bennington scored a pair of runs in the first inning, and three more in the second inning, to take early control of the game. They later put the game out of reach with two more runs in the fifth. Brattleboro got both of its runs in the third inning.

With a 14-0 run over Rutland on the following day, Bennington completed a 4-0 record in the round-robin stage of the tournament.

At press time, Rutland and Brattleboro were scheduled to play July 10, with the winner advancing into a three-game series against Bennington starting on July 12 at the Bennington Baseball Park.

• The Brattleboro 11-and-under team won the District 2 title by completing a sweep of Rutland with a 10-1 road victory on July 7.

Sam Bogart threw five innings and held Rutland to just one run to send Brattleboro on to the state championship; he struck out seven and gave up just three hits. Reliever Harper Cutler closed out the game with a scoreless sixth inning.

Alex McClelland had two hits and two runs scored in the game, while Cutler had three hits and scored a run.

The second inning was where Brattleboro did most of its damage as Keagan Systo led off the inning with a double deep into right field. Rowan Lonergan and Mason North followed with singles and later scored. Zach Corbeil walked and also scored. Brattleboro also got hits from John Satterfield (1-for-4, one run scored) and Gabe Alexander (1-for-1 with a walk).

• The Brattleboro 10-and-under All-Stars got off to a rough start in the opening game of the best-of-five District 2 tournament.

Bennington right-hander Jacoby Dicranian tossed four no-hit innings in Bennington's mercy rule-shortened 26-0 victory. Dicranian struck out four batters and allowed only three baserunners. Dicranian also led off for Bennington and had a base hit and three runs scored.

Brattleboro trailed 12-0 after one inning in what was a baptism-by-fire for many of the team members playing in their first tournament game. Evan Batts, Gordie Kalill, and Lucas Speno were the only Brattleboro platers to get on base.

Bennington's offense was led by Asa Reis, who had two hits and scored four runs, while Matt Pratt had two hits and scored three runs.

The next day in Brattleboro, Bennington kept up the barrage with a 19-0 win in four innings. Colby Hill, Jeffrey Dunn and Reis each had two hits for Bennington. Brody Smith pitched all four innings for the win, allowing just one hit.

The series goes back to Bennington for Game 3 on July 11, as they will look to sweep Brattleboro and advance to the state championship tournament.

Senior bowling roundup

• Team 2 (34-16) had a 4-1 week to remain in first place after Week 10 of the summer season of the Brattleboro Senior Bowling League. Team 7 and Team 3 (both 31-19) are tied for second, while Team 9 (27-23) moved into third place. Team 8 (26-24) is fourth, followed by Team 1 and Team 6 (both 25-25), Team 5 (24-26), and Team 4 (22-26).

Nancy Dalzell had the women's high handicap game (233) for the second straight week, while Pam Prouty had the high handicap series (647). Mark Rivers had the men's high handicap game (237), while Fred Ashworth had the high handicap series (654). Team 7 had the high team handicap game (865) and series (2,505).

In scratch scoring, Ashworth (597) and Jack Carlson (563) each rolled a 500-plus series. Ashworth had a 209 and a 203 game, while Carlson had a 207.

Basketball camp has openings

• There's still time to register for the Basketball Camp, which will be held from July 16-20 at the Brattleboro Area Middle School Gym. The camp is for girls and boys in grades 5-12, with a morning session from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m and an afternoon session from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

Brattleboro varsity boys' basketball coach Jason Coplan is running the camp, and he says he'll be drawing upon the lessons he's learned over the years from going to camps and clinics with major college coaches such as Tubby Smith, John Calipari, Mike Kryzewski, Roy Williams, Billy Donovan, and the late Dean Smith and Rick Majerus.

The cost of the weeklong camp is $85 for one session. If attending both sessions, the cost is $150. Coplan says some scholarships are available for those who can't swing the cost. Proceeds from the camp will help fund after-school programs at BAMS and BUHS.

For more information, visit or contact Coplan at 802-275-7527 or [email protected].

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