When the Champlain Valley Union High School baseball and softball teams meet South Burlington on May 23, they’ll be looking to strike out more than the opposing batters.
The CVU and South Burlington teams are working to raise money for the American Cancer Society at the second annual Strike Out Cancer games, raising funds through bake and ribbon sales, concessions and raffle tickets for the society’s Vermont services. Last year, the events raised more than $1,500.
“This is a great way for our programs to give back to the community,” CVU Baseball Coach Tim Albertson said. Many of us have been affected by cancer in some way. This game allows us to show our support. It’s also going to be a good high school game considering both teams are battling for good seeds going into the playoffs.”
Before the CVU baseball team takes on South Burlington, however, it will face Vergennes High on Thursday, North Country on Saturday and Missisquoi High on Tuesday.
On May 14, CVU beat Rice Memorial High 4-1. Davis Mikell pitched seven innings, giving up only one earned run, while striking out 12. Hayden Smith went two for three with a single, triple and two runs batted in. Kirk Fontana drove in the second run of the game with a single. Alex Henning had two singles and scored a run.
“This was a great pitchers dual,” Albertson wrote in an email to the Observer. “(Will) Conroy’s breaking ball gave us fits, but we capitalized early in the game to take the lead…It was a fun game to be apart of. Both pitchers did a great job.”
Last week, CVU beat Burlington High 14-5. Marvin Mueller, Matt Cockayne and Shea Ireland each received their first varsity hits. Dylan Ireland pitched over four innings, giving up three earned runs, and had seven strikeouts.
—Stephanie Choate, Observer staff