FARMINGTON — Hampden Academy turned Hippach Field into its own personal batting cage Wednesday, pounding out 13 hits to take a 5-2 win over Mt. Blue, in a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A baseball game.

All nine starters registered at least one hit in helping the Broncos improve to 2-2. Mt. Blue dipped to 0-4.

“We made good contact, today,” Hampden Academy coach McLean Poulin said. “Road wins are always big in this conference because anybody can beat anybody.”

Hampden starting pitcher Tommy Farrar (2-0) owned a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth when Mt. Blue put runners on first and second to open the inning. Andrew Gendreau came on in relief, registering four strike outs while facing six batters to earn the save.

“Our pitching and defense has been good all season,” Poulin said. “We played well in the field.”

Hampden took a 2-0 lead in the second only to see Mt. Blue knot the score in the bottom half of the inning.

In the fourth, Alex McKenney (2 for 3) opened the inning when he launched a one-hop, ground-rule double over the 315 foot sign in left field. McKenney reached third on a fly ball to deep center and score the go ahead run when Billy Campbell (three RBIs) reached on a fielder’s choice.

McKenney ignited the Broncos offense in the sixth, once again, leading off the inning driving a base hit to left. Two outs later, McKenney was at third and scored on Campbell’s infield base hit to give Hampden a 4-2 lead.

Mt. Blue played strong defense to stay in the game, gunning down a pair of runners on the base paths in the third inning, along with Sean Testa making an over the shoulder grab of a ball in deep center field.

“Defensively we are coming along,” Mt. Blue coach Christian Boileau said. “We did a lot of great things and are showing improvement every day.”

Back-to-back singles from Campbell and Farrar gave the Broncos a 2-0 lead. Mt. Blue countered when Alex Philbrick slashed a line drive single to right center, Kyle Farrington burned a single to left put runners on first and second with one out.

Testa sliced a double down the right field line to score Philbrick and Farrington knotted the game at 2-2 scoring on a wild pitch from third.

Ryan Pratt pitched six innings for the Cougars needing relief help from Philbrick in the seventh.


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