Offense goes into high gear
May 21, 2009
On Sunday, the Williston Armadillos put on a hitting exhibition against the Bolton Bombers, rapping out 22 hits and collecting 15 walks en route to a 26-2 victory.
Courtesy photo by Dennis Johnson
Williston Armadillos pitcher Greg Bolger winds up for a pitch during Sunday’s game against the Bolton Bombers.
The offensive damage was inflicted on a team-wide basis, as all 12 Dillos hit safely in the Vermont Senior Baseball League game. Eight of them collected multiple hits, 11 of 12 knocked in a least one run and all 12 scored at least one run. Additionally, the Dillos picked up their long ball game, as pitcher Greg Bolger (2-5, HR, BB, 2 RBIs), first/third baseman Jesse Stein (1-4, HR, 1 run), shortstop Brent Tremblay (2-4, HR, 2 BB, 4 runs, 2 RBIs) and third baseman “Pookie” Martin (2-4, HR, 2 BB, 5 runs, 1 RBI) deposited homers into the stands. Other Dillo offensive stars were second baseman Pete Picard (3-3, 2 BB, 3 runs, 2 RBIs) and outfielder Brian Donahue (3-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs).
On the mound, Bolger picked up the victory to improve his record to 3-0, holding the Bombers scoreless over the first five innings, while giving up five hits and one walk, and striking out six. Bolger was relieved by Martin, who made his mound debut, throwing the next two innings, giving up one run on two hits and one walk, and striking out two. Dennis Johnson (2-4, 2B, 2 BB, 1 run, 4 RBIs) pitched the eighth, giving up an unearned run on two hits and one walk. Ray Danis (1-6, 1 run) threw a scoreless ninth, giving up one hit and one walk, while striking out one.
“While it was touch and go for awhile, after we scored six runs in the top of the sixth to take a 21-0 lead, we got the ball girl’s (Charlene Johnson) blessing to take out Bolger and let me pitch for the first time” said Martin. “It’s different on the mound than it is on the sidelines.”
The Dillos notched three runs in the first as Danis reached on an error, Tremblay walked and Bolger reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Martin walked, Dann “DVDV” Van der Vliet (1-4, 2 BB, 3 runs) hit into a fielder’s choice and Picard singled, with a run scoring in each instance.
The lead went to 9-0 in the third, when 14 Dillos batted. After Tremblay singled, Bolger and Martin hit back-to-back homers; two walks later, Stein hit a three-run homer.
Another six runs were scored in the fifth. Bolger walked, Picard singled and Johnson walked to load the bases. Those runners scored when Stein walked and catcher Darby Crum (2-5, 2B, BB, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) doubled. Stein scored on a fielder’s choice, and singles by Hughes and Donahue brought home the final two runs of the inning.
The sixth inning saw six more Dillos score, as Bolger, DVDV, Picard and outfielder Billy Daw (1-4, BB, RBI) walked and Martin, Johnson and Donahue singled. Another run scored in the seventh, as Tremblay walked and DVDV and Picard singled.
The final four runs were tallied in the ninth, when Donahue singled and Tremblay homered, Martin and DVDV reached on successive errors and Johnson knocked them both in with a double.
On Sunday, the Dillos travel to Airport Park in Colchester to play the 2-1 Bayside Braves.
League standings and individual and team statistics are online at www.scorebook.com. Enter Vermont Senior Baseball League under league name search.