NORTH ADAMS -- North Adams Post 125 was in a little bit of a slump entering Thursday's game. It had lost three straight and scored just two runs in its last two.
On Thurs day, Post 125 took advantage of four errors and seven walks from Tyler Aces to snap the losing streak and record its fifth win of the season. North Adams recorded only six hits, but they were able to roll to an 8-5 win.
The fifth inning was the momentum turner for Post 125. Trailing 5-3 with the bases loaded and no outs, Zach Brassard singled to score Nate Alibozek. Coach Bob Rumbolt then put on the sign for a squeeze play. Tanner Bird broke from third as Alex Bush attempted to lay down the bunt. He missed the bunt, as Bird upended him and avoided the tag from Tyler's Trevor Johnston.
"Coach put the sign on and I knew as soon as he started his wind up that I need to run my butt off to the plate," Bird said. "Once I got there, I just tried to slide through Alex and around the catcher. It was awesome, it's just something to build off of going forward."
Tyler Aces never rebounded, and Conner Tworig drove in two more runs to put the game out of reach.
"I think that was a turning point," Rumbolt said. "I'm big on stealing, obviously everyone in the whole league knows that.
"We needed to try something there. I think it was a big, pivotal point during the inning with the bases loaded."
Post 125 fell behind early in the game, as Tyler Aces
Tyler Aces' starter Michael Carpenter, allowed Post 125 right back into the game in the bottom half of the first. He issued three straight walks to Alibozek, Bird and Corey Meczywor before Brassard cleared the bases with a double.
"I couldn't have asked for a better performance from Nate," Rumbolt said. "He came back and didn't get frustrated after the first inning. We came back with the offense to answer Tyler's offense."
Alibozek finished the game with three strikeouts and allowed seven hits, while issuing no walks.
"I always stayed focused," Alibozek said. "You're going to give up runs when you're pitching, so you just need to stay focused and keep throwing strikes.
"I was able to throw strikes after the first inning and get easy outs."
He retired eight straight batters starting in the second inning. He recorded 12 of the outs by way of fly balls.
Brassard led the offensive charge with three RBI on the day.
North Adams 8,
Tyler Aces 5
Tyler 300 020 0 -- 5 7 4
North Adams 300 041 x -- 8 6 2
Michael Carpenter (5), Michael Taylor (1) and Trevor Johnston. Nate Alibozek and Conner Tworig. 2B-- North Adams 2 (Zach Brassard, Max Quinn)