Road games next for 11-1 Redhawks
By Mal Boright
A trip to St. Albans and always challenging Bellows Free Academy Thursday and a Saturday morning eye opener at 9-2 Milton High are in the immediate future for the Champlain Valley Union baseball Redhawks.
The 11-1 Redhawks will be out to extend a rare pitching streak of two straight no-hit performances, the latest a five-inning masterful perfect game hurled Tuesday by Will Potter in a 12-0 home victory over Middlebury Union halted after five frames.
This gem came just days after Rayne Supple blanked Burlington High 8-0 with a no-hitter Friday.
Potter’s workday was 15 Tiger batters up and 15 down. He struck out eight of those swingers.
“He had all his pitches working,” said CVU coach Tim Albertson. “He mixed them up very well, keeping their hitters off balance.”
But not by flinging alone did Potter make his day. He was a bruiser in the batting box, going three-for-three and driving in two runs. Kyle Hinsdale, Shea Ireland and Deagan Poland had two hits and two RBIs each.
Friday, Supple, the Rapid One, befogged the Seahorses with a seven-inning gem. In his masterpiece, Supple fanned 11 batters while walking six.
“I felt good,” Supple said after the game, noting that he got stronger as the contest went on.
Using mostly mitt-popping fast balls mixed with occasional slithering curves, Supple controlled the BHS batters so that only three balls were lofted to the outfield.
The only near hit came in the sixth inning when Burlington leadoff batter Jack Lenihan slapped a wrong-field humpbacked fly close to the right field foul line that CVU’s Jack Dugan snared with a well-timed dive.
While unwilling to use the old bromide, “I had it all the way,” Dugan did say he had a good look and was able to time his productive dive and reach.
Supple then whiffed four of the last six batters, getting the final out on a soft grounder to third baseman Sam Mikell.
Burlington was ouch-for-21 at the plate. The Seahorses had something going only in the first inning, when Supple issued a pair of walks around two strikeouts, but emerged unscathed after a ground out to third.
Mikell, the Swat Man, went three-for-three at the plate. He smacked a double and two singles and drove home three runs. Poland also bashed three hits and opened the Redhawks’ three run first inning with a leadoff two-bagger.
Supple rapped a pair of singles and drove in a run. Catcher Shea Ireland helped his battery mate with two singles and a walk.
In last Thursday’s 9-1 victory over visiting Missisquoi Valley Union, Potter collected three hits and drove home three runs. Dugan stroked a pair of hits and had a ribbie.
Beneficiary of the whacking was winning slinger Andrew Bortnick, who worked four frames and allowed the Thunderbirds just three hits.
The no-hitters were the second and third for CVU this season. Mikell and Thomas Stevens combined for a gem in a 17-1 triumph at Spaulding High in Barre.