ST. JOHNSBURY — Lyndon was the home team in St. Johnsbury for Sunday’s Babe Ruth 15U all-stars championship game.
The maroon-clad Lyndon team put up seven runs in the bottom of the first, then wiped four St. J runs off the board with four more in the second, going on to a 16-6 win in five innings at Legion Field to emphatically claim the title.
Legion Field is the site of the state tournament, the next step for the Lyndon All-Stars. They open on Friday with a 2:30 game with Brattleboro. On the other side of the bracket is Suburban (Burlington/South Burlington area) and Franklin County.
Lyndon was dominant in the regionals, winning all three games by the 10-run rule. “It takes a total team effort at this level,” coach Eric Berry said. “The kids were really hungry to get to states.”
The 15-hit attack was paced by three hits each by catcher Trevor Lussier and right fielder Austin Wheeler. Lussier was all over it, belting a home run with four runs scored and three RBIs. Eight of the 10 Lyndon players had at least one hit, and at least one RBI as well.
“Trevor Lussier hit a three-run homer in the first inning, a bomb,” Berry noted. “He handled the pitching staff all weekend.” Carsen McQuade went crazy with a .714 BA over the three-game weekend, while Wheeler and Cam Berry each hit .636.
The pitching was as sound as the hitting during the tournament. “Whit Steen had a one-hitter on Friday, and really set the tone for the tournament for us,” Berry said, adding ups for Chevy Bandy’s one-hit performance on Saturday, a 12-1 win over St. Johnsbury. Wheeler had a homer, a single and four RBIs.
Lyndon’s Cody Davis (three IP) and McQuade worked around seven walks, holding St. Johnsbury to three hits. Johnathan Morgan and Griffin Kimball had an RBI for St. J, which had a tough day in the field with eight errors.