ST. JOHNSBURY — Two champions were crowned on Wednesday night at Legion Field.

Lyle Rooney pitched top-seeded Hardwick to the St. Johnsbury Babe Ruth 15U league championship — a 10-0 victory over the second-seeded St. J Pirates in five innings.

Rooney, the hard-throwing right-hander, got all 15 outs on strikeouts, allowing one hit and walking two in the shutout win. Pirates starter Lane Stone fanned seven in the loss.

Hardwick, St. J Astros claim league titles at Legion

Chris Watkins embraces Brody Mann after the top-seeded Astros topped the second-seeded Dodgers 12-10 in the St. J Baseball Little League tournament title game at Legion Field on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. (Photo by Michael Beniash)

On the adjacent field, the top-seeded Astros held off the second-ranked Dodgers 12-10 in a thriller to claim the minor league title. Astros’ Brody Mann pitched the final three innings in helping stave off the Dodgers. He also snagged a comebacker while on the mound. Chris Watkins had a inside-the-park three-run homer to help the victors’ cause.

In the early games Wednesday, No. 4 Lake Region and the No. 3 St. J Phillies tied 7-all in the Babe Ruth consolation while the third-seeded Red Sox rallied from a 6-0 hole to beat the fourth-seeded Danville/Peacham Astros 16-15 in a minor league clash. Max Bugbee brought the crowd to its feet with an inside-the-park grand slam.


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