It began with two straight victories, but the Essex American Legion baseball team’s charge at the state title went awry Sunday with a loss to Hartford in a suspended game and then a 13-12 nudging in 10 innings by eventual champion Colchester in the double elimination tournament at Castleton University.
Some six Champlain Valley Union High players were on the Essex combine which won Thursday and Friday (5-0 over Brattleboro) before the Saturday and Sunday trials.
Hayden Smith, a 2014 CVU graduate, took bat in hand and connected for three hits while driving home four runs in the finale against Colchester.
Other Redhawks on the Essex nine included Deagan Poland, Sam Mikell, Henry Provost, Tanner Smith and Chris O’Brien.
—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent