PLAINFIELD, Vt. - The St. Johnsbury boys 11- and 12-year-old Little League All-Stars got off to a great start in District W action on Tuesday night, as they shut out Mad River, 7-0.
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Danny Hale went the distance in picking up the win on the hill for St. Johnsbury. Hale allowed only a bloop single in the fifth inning, while striking out 14 and walking only three. Matt Goodman suffered the loss for Mad River.
St. Johnsbury - the visitors - jumped right out to an early lead, when Brett Rowell doubled to lead off the game, with Trevor Murphy following with a single. Both runners came around to score on wild pitches.
In the second inning, St. Johnsbury added to its lead when Simon Darling singled and strolled home on Matt Buxton's dinger over the right field fence.
In the third inning, Hale helped himself with a fourbagger over the center field fence.
Mike Briggs added another run in the fourth inning, when he doubled and scored on Josh Rich's sacrifice bunt.
St. Johnsbury put its seventh run on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth, when Rowell and Murphy both singled, with Rowell scoring on Eric Langmaid's single.
In the bottom of the fifth, Jay Hall broke up the nohitter with a bloop single that just fell over third base on the line.
quot;Danny was in control of the game,quot; said St. Johnsbury coach Mike Hale. quot;He had three strikeouts in the first, second and fourth innings, with two in the third and fifth innings. With two runners on via errors in the sixth, he got the first out on a strikeout and we ended the game with a nice 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.quot;
St. Johnsbury will be back in action on Thursday night at 6 p.m. in Plainfield, when they play Hardwick.
nbsp;St. Johnsbury 221 110-7 9 0
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WP - Hale; LP - Goodman 2B - Rowell (SJ), Briggs (SJ); HR - Buxton (SJ), Hale (SJ)
Lyndon 6, Missisquoi Valley 0
EAST CALAIS, Vt. - Casey Lotsteich tossed a twohitter at Missiquoi Valley on Tuesday night to lead the Lyndonville 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars.
Lyndonville used the long ball to record the victory. Lyndonville got two dingers off the bat of Paul Walker and individual four-baggers from Lotsteich and Keith Dwyer.
Lyndonville took the lead in the top of the third inning, when Nick Guyer singled and stole two bases and scored on Jordan Royer's sacrifice fly. The second run of the inning came on Walker's home run to left field.
In the fourth, Lyndonville cushioned its lead by scoring three more runs. Lotstich tallied the first run when he hit a tater to left center. After Jeremy Henderson walked, Dwyer homered to left to score two more runs.
Walker finished the scoring for Lyndonville with a solo shot to left center field in the top of the fifth inning.
Walker, Guyer and Greg Bellavance all picked up two hits each for Lyndonville.
Lyndonville will face Montpelier in a winners bracket game in East Calais on Thurday night at 6 p.m.
nbsp;Lyndonville 002 310-6 10 0
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L - Lotsteich and Balavance; M - Lantangue and Bathalon WP - Lotateich; LP - Lantangue HR - Paul Walker (L) 2, Casey Lotsteich (L), Keith Dwyer (L) Rccords - Lyndonville 1-0, Missisquoi 0-1