The Williston Armadillos’ offense and defense both went flat on Sunday.
The team committed six errors, resulting in four unearned runs, three in the first inning, and collected just six hits and two walks en route to a 7-0 loss to undefeated Mad River Valley. With the loss, the team’s record dropped to 1-2 in the Vermont Senior Baseball League.
“We faced one of the best pitchers in the league, and we have five first year players, so the lack of hits is understandable, however, the defensive lapses were made by our returning players. Chalk it up to a lack of practice,” pitcher Greg Bolger said.
Bolger was forced to pitch the entire game for the Dillos, as former ace Bill Supple announced his retirement and Pookie Martin was out of town. Over the nine innings, Bolger gave up five hits while walking four and striking out six. With the loss, Bolger’s record dropped to 1-1.
Offensively, only Bolger (1-3), third baseman Brent Tremblay (1-3, double), outfielder Ray Danis (1-4), outfielder Billy Daw (1-3, double), first baseman Ted DiGrande (1-3, double) and outfielder Steve Burt (1-1, BB) collected hits. So anemic was the offense that only once did the Dillos get the leadoff batter on base; on just two occasions did they get a runner to third.
The Dillos’ woes started early. In the first inning, following a leadoff walk, Daw dropped two successive flies to left that loaded the bases. After a walk to the clean up hitter plated one, Bolger induced the next batter to ground back to him on the mound. After Bolger threw home for the force play, catcher Darby Crum (0-1, BB) threw wild to third while attempting the double play. The error allowed another run to score and the runner on second to take third. A fielder’s choice on an infield grounder brought home the third unearned run of the inning.
Mad River padded its lead to 4-0 in the third inning by putting together a triple and a single. The lead grew to 6-0 in the fourth inning on another triple and single, coupled with a fielder’s choice. Mad River scored its final run in the ninth when Danis dropped a fly in center; two batters later, the runner scored on a sacrifice fly.
Next week, the Dillos travel to Airport Park in Colchester to take on the 3-0 Colchester Lakers. Game time is noon.
League standings and individual and team statistics are online at www.scorebook.com. Enter “Vermont Senior Baseball League” under league name search.