The Lyndonville 11- and 12-year-old Little League AllStars tallied five runs in the top of the sixth inning on Saturday, but it wasn't enough, as Essex Town nipped them, 15-14.
Essex Town's Matt Farrar came on to relieve winning pitcher Matt Pierce in the top of the sixth inning, and proceeded to get the last three outs to give Essex Town the Vermont State Championship. Casey Lotspeich, who relieved Lyndonville starter Jordan Royer, suffered the loss.
Paul Walker provided the power for Lyndonville with a grand slam in the second inning and a three-run shot in the sixth for a game-high seven RBIs. Lotspeich also had a dinger in the five-run sixth inning.
Michael Johnson led all Lyndonville batters with three hits, followed by Tadd Dwyer, Lotspeich and Walker with two each.
quot;They hit the ball hard and we weren't able to make some of the routine plays we should have,quot; said Coach Gary Royer. quot;We outhit them; we just came up a run short. We had a great bunch of kids and they gave it all they had.quot;
LITTLE LEAGUE SOFTBALL
Lamoille County 23
Lamoille County took advantage of 27 free passes to 10-run rule Lyndonville for the Vermont Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball championship at Legion Field on Saturday.
Lamoille took advantage of 27 free passes off five different Lyndonville pitchers to pick up most of its 23 runs. Danielle Cote, Charlie Mehrtens and Kristi Lamb all had singles for Lamoille's only hits.
Erin Welch went the distance in recording the win, allowing only two hits. Lyndonville's hits were by Abbie Montgomery and Katie Fox. Montgomery's hit was a blast to left center field that rolled to the fence for a triple in the third inning.
Laura Bailey, the Lyndonville starter, chalked up the loss.
BABE RUTH BASEBALL
New England Tournament
The Northeast All-Stars split two games down in Rhode Island to stay alive in the New England Tournament for the Babe Ruth Baseball Senior AllStars. On Saturday, the Vermont representative lost to New Hampshire, 2-0, to go into the losers bracket. The team came back, though, with an 11-4 win on Sunday that eliminated the Maine All-Stars. Northeast plays West Warwick, R.I. tonight at 5 p.m.
Northeast AlI-Stars 11
Lyndonville's Casey McQuade scattered six hits, fanned four and walked just three on the way to leading Northeast to victory
The game was tied at 3-3 in the fifth inning when Corey Marquis laid down a beautiful bunt to bring Chris Dudas in on the squeeze.
quot;That changed the momentum to our favor,quot; said Coach Mike Kiser.quot;
In the top of the sixth, Vermont scored six runs to take command.
Nine Northeast players erupted for 14 hits for the game, led by Corey Belida with a 4-for-4 day at the plate. Brad Libby had a single and a double, as did Greg Ely.
quot;We didn't play quite as good defense (as on Saturday),quot; said Kiser, noting the team's four errors, quot;so the bats did the job for us.quot;
Saturday's Game New Hampshire 2 Northeast All-Stars 0
New Hampshire scored both its runs in the sixth inning, coming off of three hits.
quot;It was your classic pitchers duel,quot; said Kiser. Eric Cotnoir took the loss for Northeast, allowing six hits while striking out four and walking three. Travis Bingham had Vermont's lone hit.