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Historical Society calls all history detectives (7/30/09)

Chittenden County riddles lead to historic sites

July 30, 2009

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

It could be said that all 18 cities and towns in Chittenden County are riddled with history. So much so that a new challenge by the Chittenden County Historical Society asks people to solve history riddles in each of the communities.


    Observer photo by Tim Simard
The waterfall pictured above is the answer to a History Mystery riddle for the town of Bolton. In August, the 18 cities and towns of Chittenden County are participating in a history scavenger hunt organized by the Chittenden County Historical Society.

Known as the History Mystery, the event is being held next month in honor of the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Celebration. It’s designed to give young and old, local residents and Vermont visitors, a chance to learn more about Chittenden County’s varied past. And as the History Mystery pamphlet states, “being attentive will be your prime directive.”

“There’s something to be said about the rush of finding out the answers,” said Ann Arms, the event’s coordinator.

Starting Aug. 1, Chittenden County “history detectives” will be able to pick up an event brochure featuring the history riddles. In most cases, the answers can only be determined by visiting various locations in all 18 cities and towns. Even tiny Buel’s Gore, with its fewer than 20 residents near Appalachian Gap, is in on the fun.

“It’s for everyone,” said Ginger Isham, the event’s Williston Historical Society representative. “We’re hoping families will do it with their children.”

For Williston residents interested in taking part, History Mystery brochures will be available at Dorothy Alling Memorial Library starting this Saturday.

Arms said the Chittenden County Historical Society wanted to do something in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s arrival at the lake that now bears his name. She said the idea was a cooperative effort from many historical society members, with the goal of doing something completely different within the state.

There are riddles for each town and some towns have more than one answer, according to Arms. Some of the riddles provide easy clues. Others will require a little more work, she added.

Within the brochure, participants will be able to fill in the blanks for the answers. There are even a few letters in some of the answers to help participants. Some of the riddles center around a natural wonder in Bolton, a baseball player from Colchester, and a “meteorite” in Underhill.

“We really want to have people from the community learn about the history of the community,” Arms said. “It’s meant to be a fun way to learn something different.”

Arms said while a person may know the history of their own town very well, they may not know much about their neighbors’ communities. She hopes this will connect the cities and towns within Chittenden County.

The authors of the riddles are either historical society members from certain towns, or history buffs with a gift of rhyme. Isham wrote Williston’s history riddle:

    Built in 1976 in preparation

    For the Bicentennial celebration

    Many an ear has listened as tunes were played,

    Some sitting on benches and some in the shade.

The riddle has two answers, and those unfamiliar with Williston will most likely have to visit the history site for at least one of the answers, Isham said.

Participants have the entire month of August to answer all the questions in the brochure. Once completed, the brochures can be dropped off where they were picked up earlier in the month. The final day to turn in answers is Sept. 1.

Those who’ve answered all the riddles correctly will be entered into a drawing to win history related prizes. Each of the county’s cities and towns is providing at least one prize for the drawing.

A celebration of the event, including the prize drawing, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. in the community room of the Burlington Police Department.

Arms said she hopes locals and visitors will take their time and become history detectives in Chittenden County. They might even learn something about the area they’d never known before through the History Mystery.

“I’m hoping people become fascinated with history,” Arms said.


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Town seeks grant for commuter parking (7/30/09)

New 20-space lot proposed for Town Hall

July 30, 2009

By Greg Elias

Observer staff

Commuters may one day be able to carpool or catch a bus at Williston Town Hall.

The town has applied for a state grant to help fund a 20-space park-and-ride extending from the existing lot behind Town Hall. The estimated $150,000 project would provide parking for commuters and possibly a bus stop in Williston Village.

Spaces would be arranged in two rows and separated from the existing lot by an island of green space. Buses would access the lot via a one-way driveway.

The park-and-ride would use a small slice of town-owned land referred to as the Lyons property. The 8-acre parcel in the past has been eyed for an affordable housing project or a community center.

A school bus that goes to Champlain Valley Union High School already makes pick-ups at the existing lot, Town Manager Rick McGuire said. The Chittenden County Transportation Authority is interested in making the proposed park-and-ride one stop along a proposed route running along U.S. 2 from Williston Village to Burlington.

“We anticipate the initial level of service into Williston Village to be commuter-oriented, drawing potential riders from areas beyond walking distance to Williston Town Hall,” wrote CCTA General Manager Chris Cole in a letter supporting the grant application. “Therefore, having a park-and-ride available in the village would greatly enhance the ridership potential of the route.”

The town of Williston, located in the center of the state’s most populous county, could be considered the commuter capital of Vermont. Census figures show that the vast majority of people who live in Williston work elsewhere. And a previous town study concluded that thousands commute here to work in the big retail stores and other businesses.

But Williston is not among the dozens of Vermont towns that have a park-and-ride. The state closed the old facility here more than a decade ago.

The town has long lobbied for a replacement. Two years ago, the Selectboard signed off on a pair of proposals for new state-funded park-and-rides on Vermont 2A, one south of Interstate 89 and another one closer to Taft Corners, the location preferred by the town.

Wayne Davis, local transportation facilities supervisor with the Vermont Agency of Transportation, said conceptual plans have been drawn up for the facility south of I-89 across from Hurricane Lane, and the state continues to look at potential sites for the other park-and-ride. But he did not know when construction of either facility would begin.

McGuire said a village park-and-ride would still benefit commuters even if the other park-and-rides are built.

“Well, this serves the village and possibly more than one bus service,” he said.

The park-and-ride faces several obstacles. Because the site includes wetlands, the town must obtain a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers as well as state and local permits.

Public Works Director Neil Boyden said he expects the permitting process to be similar to an earlier expansion of a parking lot after the town swapped land with the National Guard Armory. He said that project took between one and two years to plan and permit.

Funding is also uncertain. The state Legislature budgeted only $250,000 for the grants, and many towns seek funding each year.

Davis said last year 22 municipalities applied for grants and nine received money. He expects to receive a similar number of applications before this year’s deadline on Friday.

Grant amounts have in the past ranged from $6,000 to $75,000, Davis said. So it seems likely Williston would have to cover at least half the cost of the park-and-ride.

Town officials said impact fees collected from developers could provide some of the funding. And Boyden noted that town employees could do the labor, which as a rule of thumb comprises about half the cost.

Boyden was cautiously optimistic about the chances of piecing together funding and winning permits for the park-and-ride.

“I think it is a doable project,” he said. “I just think it’s going to take some time and explanation.”


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CVU team to ride the dragon for first time (7/30/09)

July 30, 2009

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

Each race might last a mere 90 seconds, but the dragon boat races that will occur on Lake Champlain this weekend will be fast, furious and, most importantly, fun.


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A dragon boat team races during last year’s festival. This year’s event takes place on Sunday in Burlington.

The Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival, now in its fourth year, will attract nearly 2,000  paddling enthusiasts in an effort to raise money to fight cancer.

This year, teachers, staff and students from Champlain Valley Union High School have formed their own team, the CVU Redhawks. It’s the first dragon boat team the high school has sponsored and the event’s cause is an important one to team captain Eleanor Walsh, a family and consumer sciences teacher at CVU.

Walsh’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer 22 years ago and ever since, Walsh has embraced any fund-raiser dedicated to fighting the deadly disease.

“I’m just grateful her situation turned out to have a positive outcome,” Walsh said. “This was an important thing for me to do.”

The festival is hosted by Dragonheart Vermont, a local dragon boat organization comprised of breast cancer survivors and their loved ones. A dragon boat resembles a long canoe and can fit up to 20 paddlers. Each participant paddles in unison to the beat of a drummer, who sits at the head of the boat. Most boats are decked out with artful dragon heads in the front. The sport originated in China more than 2,000 years ago.

Each year, the races raise money for Dragonheart Vermont, as well as other cancer-related groups. This year, proceeds will also benefit Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a summer camp for children afflicted with cancer.

Dragonheart Vermont has raised approximately $300,000 from previous races. This year, organizers hope to raise $150,000 from the event, said Linda Dyer, executive director for Dragonheart Vermont.

“Not only are (racers) out there having fun, but all the money raised goes right back to the nonprofits,” Dyer said.

There will be 86 Vermont teams competing for prizes and trophies at Sunday’s event, which starts at 8 a.m. and lasts until 4:30 p.m. There are also 11 other cancer-survivor dragon boat teams from Canada and elsewhere in the United States taking part in Sunday’s races.

Members of the Vermont teams raise as much money as they can prior to race day. CVU Redhawks team member Sheila Kazak, a paraeducator at the school, already raised $200 donated by family and friends. She plans on raising even more by Sunday.

This is Kazak’s first dragon boat race and she said she’s looking forward to the competition. Two weekends ago, all the teams were able to practice once before the big race day. Kazak said she learned to stay in time with the team’s drummer, Wendy Hess.

“It took me a little bit to figure it out,” Kazak said. “I don’t really go into boats that often.”

Walsh has raced before and knows what to expect. She said everyone gets a little nervous before the races. Each team competes against six other boats across a 300-meter section of the lake near the Burlington waterfront. Most boats cross the finish line in less than two minutes. Teams get two chances to race. The fastest teams compete for a final trophy at the end of the day.

Walsh said she’s confident her teammates will win at least one of their heats on Sunday.

“What’s most important is that we stay in sync with our drummer,” Walsh said.

Kazak said she knows that even though the race times are quick, she expects the competition to be strenuous and a little intense.

“It’ll be hard, but I think of the kids at (Camp Ta-Kum-Ta) and it’s nothing like they have to deal with,” Kazak said.

The Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival kicks off on the Burlington waterfront at 8 a.m. on Aug. 2. It’s free and open to the public. Donations can be made online at www.ridethedragon.org.

Williston residents lead boat teams

Marianne Eaton, a Dragonheart Vermont representative, said 12 Williston residents are serving as captains of dragon boat teams participating in Sunday’s event. She did not have an exact number of Williston residents taking part, since participants do not reveal their hometowns when registering.

Here are the teams captained by Williston residents:

Candles & Creations

Chase Our Wake

Citizens Bank Loan Rangers

Crouching Brokers Hidden Dragons

Draggin R' Hineys

Dragon Techs

Electric Dragons

Flying Pig Paddlers

Jazzin Dragons

Monty's Magic Dragons

PAAV Paddlers

Potvin Pirates


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Taking to the lake

    Observer photo by Greg Duggan
Jericho residents Tom Frank (left) and his son Paul paddle onto Lake Iroquois on Tuesday morning.

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Armadillos lose seesaw battle with Colchester (7/23/09)

July 23, 2009

The Williston Armadillos squared off against the Colchester Lakers on Sunday in a game that saw the lead change hands four times, but ultimately end up in Colchester’s favor, 12-11, in 10 innings. Though the game lasted more than three hours, it was fast paced, as there were only two innings in which one of the teams did not push across a run.

“Both teams refused to quit, and kept coming back on the other. If it had gone another inning, we felt we would have taken the lead,” said Armadillo Pete Picard (3-5, 2B, 1 run, 1 RBI).

Besides Picard, other Dillo offensive stars were outfielder “Vegas” Daw (2-2, 2 BB, 1 run), pitcher Greg Bolger (2-4, 1 run, 2 RBI), infielder Brent Tremblay (2-4, 2B, BB, 2 runs), first baseman Jess Stein (2-5, 2 RBI) and pitcher Bill Supple (2-5, 2B, 1 RBI).

The parity of the game was demonstrated by the fact that the Dillos collected 17 hits to Colchester’s 18, and the Dillos left 14 men on base to Colchester’s 11.

“Both Bolger and Supple threw well. Colchester is a good hitting team,” said Dillos third baseman Pookie Martin (1-5, 2B, 1 RBI, 2 runs).

On the mound, Bolger started and went five innings, giving up seven runs, only three of which were earned, while walking three and striking out two. Supple threw the last five innings, taking the loss to lower his record to 7-1, giving up eight hits and five earned runs, walking three and striking out three.

While Colchester scored one in the first on two singles and a ground out, Williston answered with four runs in the bottom of the frame. Center fielder Ray Danis (1-4, BB, 3 runs) reached on a two-base throwing error and scored on Bolger’s single. After Martin singled, Picard plated both runners with a double, who in turn scored on Tremblay’s single.

The teams traded runs in the third, Colchester’s on a walk and two errors and the Armadillos’ on a single by Daw, Danis’ fielder’s choice and Supple’s double, which brought home Danis.

Colchester took a 7-5 lead in the fourth as they scored five runs, only two of which were earned as the Dillos committed two more errors and Colchester racked up another five hits.

Williston answered again in the bottom of the frame, tying the game with two runs as Picard singled, Tremblay walked, shortstop Reid Crosby (1-3, sac, BB) moved the runners forward with a bunt and Stein singled both home.

The Dillos built the lead to 7-5 in the fifth by scoring two more runs. Daw, Danis and Supple singled, the latter scoring Daw. Bolger’s fielder’s choice then brought home Danis.

Colchester scored three in the seventh on a bases loaded triple to take a one run lead, but the Dillos tied it in the eighth as Martin reached on a two base throwing error and scored on Picard’s single. The scored remained knotted until the 10th, when Colchester collected a single, a triple and another single to take a two run lead.

Still, the Dillos refused to fold. After the first two batters were out in the bottom of the frame, Tremblay doubled, went to third on a Crosby single and scored on Stein’s single. Though the tying run was on second, the Dillos were unable to bring him in, as Dann van Der Vliet (0-3, 2 BB) grounded to the pitcher for the third out.

Next week the Dillos are off, but will return to action on Aug. 2, at Williston Central School against the Jericho Indians.

League standings and individual and team statistics are online at www.scorebook.com. Enter “Vermont Senior Baseball League” under league name search.


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Sports Notes (7/23/09)

July 23, 2009

CVU softball player earns All-Metro honor

Junior Emily Himberg, catcher for the Champlain Valley Union High softball team, was accorded Metro Division All-League team honorable mention by the division’s coaches.

Two former CVU soccer stars in Twin State action

Vermont’s boys won and the girls bowed last Saturday in the Twin State Soccer Cup games between graduated seniors from the Green Mountain State and New Hampshire at Rindge, N.H.

The Vermont boys team, which included Champlain Valley Union High’s Matt Sulva, whipped New Hampshire’s stars 3-1 and cut the Granite State’s overall lead in the series to 15-8-4. Ethan Martin and Rob Cole, both from South Burlington High, had goals for Vermont.

Asia Sienko, captain of last fall’s CVU girls team, was a member of the Vermont squad. The Green Mountain State team lost to New Hampshire, 4-2, despite a pair of scores by Natalie LeClair of Essex High. New Hampshire hiked its series advantage to 16-7-4.

Four CVU baseball players draw league honors

A senior, two juniors and a freshman from the 2009 Champlain Valley Union High baseball team have gained all-league mention by the Metro Division coaches.

Infielder Drew Nick, the freshman, and junior outfielder Collin Teator were named to the All-Metro second team.

Honorable mentions went to senior catcher and co-captain Joe Myers, along with pitcher and infielder Andrew Leckerling, a junior.

Sean Rugg of Rice Memorial High and a member of the S.D. Ireland American Legion team, which features local players, was an infielder on the second All-Metro team.


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Local skaters to nationals (7/23/09)

July 23, 2009

By Ben Portnoy

Observer correspondent

Williston skateboarder Connor Ose is headed to the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals for the second time in two years.


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Connor Ose shows off a trick on his skateboard. The Williston teen won first place in a skate park competition earlier this month, earning a trip to the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals in Salt Lake City on Sept. 17-20.

Ose won first place in the skate park competition on July 12 at the Free Flow Tour’s stop at Rye Airfield in Rye, N.H. According to a press release from the tour, 16-year-old Ose won during the final jam session after successfully executing a backside 360, or a 360 degree spin through the air, and a big spin frontboard, which is a kickflip into a rail grind.

The win earned Ose a trip to the tour finals, scheduled for Sept. 17-20 in Salt Lake City. Ose will join friend and fellow Williston skater Chris Colbourn, who qualified for the finals by winning the skate park competition at the tour’s first stop in Burlington in May.

“Salt Lake City is going to be fun,” Ose said in the press release. “I’m psyched I get to go with some of my best friends. I can’t wait.”

The Gatorade Free Flow Tour is the Official Amateur Series of the Dew Tour. Operated by Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports, the Dew Tour was established in 2005 as a season-long action sports tour. For the past five years, the Free Flow Tour has searched the country for the best young talent by giving amateur skaters and BMX riders under 18 a chance to compete in park and vertical ramp competitions across the United States.

Winners of the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals advance to the Dew Tour Finals, where they compete against pros.


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Williston players thrive with Babe Ruth All-Stars (7/23/09)

July 23, 2009

Fourteen Williston baseball players are participating on three Babe Ruth All-Star teams this summer. The players are members of Suburban teams, made up of players from Charlotte, Shelburne, Williston and Winooski.


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The 13-year-old Suburban Babe Ruth team pictured above, which features Williston players Erik Bergkvist, Davis Mikell, Jamie Pierson, Ryan Schneiderman, Hayden Smith and Connor Stankevich and assistant coach Andy Dattilio, will play in the state tournament in Montpelier this weekend.

The 13-year-old Suburban team overcame a tough first game loss and rattled off five straight wins to win the District II Championship last week. The team will move on to the State Tournament, which starts July 24 in Montpelier.

Erik Bergkvist, Davis Mikell, Jamie Pierson, Ryan Schneiderman, Hayden Smith and Connor Stankevich represent Williston on the team, with Andy Dattilio serving as an assistant coach.

After losing the opener to Champlain Valley, 7-6 in nine innings, Suburban rebounded by beating Burlington 16-2, South Burlington 7-0 and Champlain Valley 16-5 in a rematch.

Those victories set up the championship match against Colchester. Since Colchester was undefeated, Suburban needed to win twice.

In a back and forth first game, Suburban was leading 4-3 in the seventh inning before pushing across four runs, led by RBI singles by Schneiderman and Smith, to secure a 8-4 win. Mikell and Pierce Farrington were excellent on the hill to keep Colchester in check.

In the second game, Colchester jumped out to leads of 3-0 and 4-1 before Suburban exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Singles by Farrington, Corey Hemingway, Bergkvist and Jacob Bray led to the first five runs before Mikell provided the big blow — a double to drive in two.

Bergkvist, Mikell and Farrington shut down Colchester with 6 1/3 innings of relief pitching, allowing only three hits and two unearned runs to wrap up a 10-5 victory and the District title. Stankevich finished the championship game with three RBIs, while Mikell went 2-2 with two doubles, two walks, and two RBIs.

Two and out for 14-year-old team

The 14-year-old Suburban team was bounced from the State Tournament last weekend, losing to Brattleboro and Franklin County.

Williston players on the team included Connor Brown, Joe Chevalier, Kirk Fontana, Alex Henning, Tucker Kohlasch, Dillon Ritchie and Cale Whitcomb. Eric Fontana served as a coach.

In the Sunday game, due to errors and Franklin County’s timely hitting, Suburban fell behind 7-2 after two innings. Suburban chipped away with scattered base hits and aggressive base running, closing the score to 7-4 going into the bottom of the seventh. Needing three runs to tie, Suburban scored two. The 7-6 loss eliminated Suburban from the tournament.

On the mound, Chevalier held Franklin County scoreless for the last three innings to give Suburban a chance to rally. Kohlasch went 4-for-4 at the plate and stole five bases.

As a testimony to the players, Tournament Director Sue Tesky complimented them on their spirit and sportsmanship on the field and their courtesy and helpfulness off of it. She singled them out as one of the top two or three teams she’s seen during her 15 years.

Benevento on mound for 13- to 15-year-old stars

Calvin Benevento was Williston’s lone player on the 13- to 15-year-old Suburban All-Star team. Mike Benevento was a coach.

Champlain Valley topped Suburban in the opener, 6-3. Facing elimination, Suburban beat Burlington 12-0 and crushed South Burlington 21-1. Champlain Valley won the District Tournament, however, beating Suburban 7-3 in the championship game.

Calvin Benevento was the tournament’s pitching star, allowing no earned runs in almost nine innings. Batters hit only .188 off him. He was particularly impressive against the Champlain Valley team; Champlain Valley scored 36 runs in 9 1/3 innings against other pitchers, but managed only two unearned runs in almost eight innings against Benevento.


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CVUs Cassie Smith Athlete-of-Month nominee (7/23/09)

July 23, 2009

An undefeated senior season for the Champlain Valley Union High Division 1 girls tennis champions has led to a June Girls Athlete-of-the Month nomination for Cassie Smith.

One of 10 nominees for the Vermont Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association honor, Smith led the Redhawks to the Division 1 crown, their second in three years, after capturing the division’s individual title. The CVU star was undefeated in Vermont competition the last two seasons.

Other nominees include softball pitcher Stephanie Frank and track and field star Mary Krug of Essex High, along with Burlington High’s Maggie DeMasi of hockey’s Make-A-Wish contest.

Also nominated are Jasmin Braman and Morgan Tullar of Chelsea High lacrosse, Poultney High golfer Kristen Garabedian, Rutland High golfer Keeley Levins, South Royalton High track star Rosalie Phillip and Rutland High lacrosse player Hannah Wright.

The winner will be determined by a vote of VSSA members.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent


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Playoff hopes dashed for S.D. Ireland (7/23/09)

Up and down season ends early for Legion team

July 23, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

With two games left to play (one league contest, one non-league), the S.D. Ireland American Legion baseball team will not be going to the state tournament.


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S.D. Ireland player Jordan Armstrong comes around to score off a double by Joe Myers during the team's American Legion baseball game against Knights of Columbus, South Burlington, held at Champlain Valley Union High School on Sunday.


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Second baseman Nicky Elderton throws to first during S.D. Ireland's American Legion baseball game.

The season finales were a trip to Fairfax and a Monday makeup of a previously rained out contest, plus an exhibition encounter Wednesday at their Champlain Valley Union High home against the Champlain Edge.

S.D. Ireland’s playoff tournament hopes took a fatal blow last Wednesday when the team bowed twice to the Colchester Cannons at Centennial Field, 10-0 and 9-8. The losses dropped the Irelands out of the top four spots in the Northern Division and thus the tournament.

From there, the week’s remaining games were just nifty (easy win at Burlington and solid triumph Sunday over South Burlington at home) and yikes (a thumping and then some Saturday by the OEC Kings at CVU.)

The Kings, of Orleans-Essex County, will be the favorite in the tournament and showed why on Saturday, busting up the CVU field and fences for a 23-2 blast off, fueled by five — count ‘em, five — circuit clouts in a 16-hit barrage. The game was called after five thumping frames.

Primary bruiser was stocky lefty pitcher Adam Farrar, who clubbed three homers and drove in nine tallies. On the mound, he limited the Irelands to five hits while walking two and fanning five with an uneconomical 102 pitches in five innings.

OEC earned its bounty of runs in that 22 of them were earned. All five of the round trippers came, oddly enough, on first pitches.

Irelands bounce back against South Burlington

After being victimized by that whack-a-do, how the youthful Ireland team would react Sunday for the final home contest with South Burlington was a mystery.

It did not look good when the visiting Knights unloaded on Ireland starter Sean Rugg for three hits and three runs in the top of the first. Rugg, troubled by a balky curve, also walked two.

The righty got his bender back into the strike zone in the second inning and limited the Knights to four singles and two additional runs over the next four innings to pick up the victory as his teammates unloaded a seven-spot on the visitors in the bottom of the first to cruise to a 9-6 triumph.

Leadoff batters Justin Raymond and Anthony DeToma nailed blue darter singles to get the Irelands started. Shane Montani, a clutch rapper, singled home the first run and Andy Kent drove in the second with a single. After Montani scored on a wild pitch, Joey Myers slammed the big bomb, a bases-loaded double to left that brought home three tallies, two runners having reached on walks.

Raymond, who had a three-hit day, singled home Myers with the final run of the productive inning.

It was a multitask day for Raymond. After roaming far and wide in center field to bag five line drive and fly ball outs, the right hander took over on the mound in the sixth. After allowing two singles, a walk and run, he shut down the Knights over the final three innings for a well deserved save. He whiffed three.

Montani finished with three singles and a pair of ribbies. But his hardest shot, a bazooka blast, was snagged chest high in self defense at first base.

The Irelands entered the closing two games with a 9-8 division record and 11-14-1 overall.


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