Aug. 28, 2008
On Sunday, the Williston Armadillos’ bats sprung to life as the team pounded out 20 hits, six for extra bases, in a 17-5 victory over Mad River Valley.
With the win, the Dillos’ record improved to 11-3 in the Vermont Senior Baseball League. With one game left in the regular season, the team sits in fourth place.
The offensive charge was led by left fielder Dann Van der Vliet (3-3, BB, 2 2B, 3B, 3 runs), outfielder Billy “Vegas” Daw (3-3, BB, run, 2 RBIs), pitcher Bill Supple (3-4, BB, 2 RBI) and first baseman Dennis Johnson (3-4, 2B, 3B, 4 runs, 2 RBIs).
“With the playoffs starting in two weeks, we need to end the season on a high note. The team is waking up at a good time,” said shortstop Greg Bolger.
On the mound, Supple shut out Mad River through the first three innings, giving up five hits and walking none. Supple was relieved by Ken Freeman, who pitched for the Dillos in 2006, but had not played since due to injury. Over the final six innings, Freeman allowed five runs on 11 hits and one walk, while striking out three.
The Dillos jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first when center fielder Ray Danis (0-2, 2 BB, run, RBI) and Supple walked, Bolger (2-5, RBI) singled and right fielder Darby Crum (0-5, RBI) hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Danis.
Four more Dillos scored in the second. Van der Vliet doubled, moved to third on third baseman Roberto Seals’ (1-4, run) single and scored on Johnson’s fielder’s choice, as Seals was thrown out at second. After Joel Klein (2-2, 2B, 2 BB, 3 runs, RBI) doubled, Freeman (2-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs) singled to score Johnson and Klein, moved to second on the throw home and scored on Daw’s single.
While Mad River cut the lead to 5-2 in the fourth when they touched up Freeman for four singles and a walk, the Armadillos bounced back for four more runs in the bottom of the frame. Van der Vliet tripled and scored when Seals reached base on an error. Johnson doubled to score Seals, Klein walked and Daw singled to load the bases. Danis brought home Johnson with a sacrifice fly and Supple singled to score Klein.
After Mad River scored a run in the fifth, the Dillos scored three more in the sixth to up the lead to 12-3. Van Der Vliet doubled, moved to third on Johnson’s single and scored on Klein’s single. Freeman reached on a throwing error, with Johnson scoring, and Daw singled home Freeman.
The Dillos picked up another run in the seventh on singles by Supple, Bolger and the Bambino (1-4, RBI).
They scored their final four runs in the eighth as Johnson tripled, Klein walked, Freeman singled home Johnson, Daw and Danis walked, the latter bringing in Klein, and Supple and Bolger hit into consecutive fielder’s choices, with a run scoring in each instance.
The Dillos were scheduled to conclude their regular season by playing a make up game against 11-2 Colchester on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Williston Central School. Playoffs are set to start on Sept. 7.