Lyndonville 5, Central Valley 1
PLAINFIELD, Vt. - The Lyndonville 11- and 12-year-old All-Star team upended Central Valley, 5-1 on Monday to become the District IV Little League champion. The team now moves on to the Vermont State Tournament.
Paul Walker went the distance in picking up the win, striking out five while allowing five hits and two free passes. Mike Dupont suffered the loss.
Central Valley tallied its lone run in the top of the first inning when Steve Jamele doubled and came home on Jim Ackerman's single.
In the bottom of the inning, Lyndonville knotted the score up when Greg Bellavance walked and came in to score on a Central Valley miscue.
Lyndonville put the game away in the bottom of the fourth inning, when they tallied three runs. Casey Lotspeich walked and scored Lyndonville's first run on a groundout by Keith Dwyer. With two out, Jeremy Henderson singled and moved over to second on Nick Guyer's bunt single. Henderson scored on a base hit by Tadd Dwyer, with Guyer scoring on a passed ball.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Lyndonville added an insurance run when Walker doubled and strolled home on Lotspeich's single.
quot;We played some real good defense,quot; said Lyndonville coach Gary Royer. quot;We've now got to get ready to play in the State Tournament.quot;
Lyndonville opens play in the tourney, which takes place in St. Albans, Saturday at 4 p.m.
9- and 1O-Year-Olds
Barre 17, St. Johnsbury 15
Barre tallied nine runs in the last two innings to come from behind and knock St. Johnsbury out of the 9- and 10-year-old tournament at Legion Field on Monday night.
Jamie Mocha went the distance in picking up the win, while Kirby Parker in relief of Desiree Demers suffered the loss.
Barre got hits off the bats of Ken Hart, Macha and Katie Coleman. St. Johnsbury's lone hit belonged to Parker.
The win puts Barre into the finals tonight at 6 p.m. against Lyndonville. Barre will have to beat Lyndonville twice to be the champs.