June 18, 2009
The Williston Armadillos improved to 7-0 on Sunday, beating the 2-5 Chelsea Bat Company 17-2 in the Vermont Senior Baseball League.
The Dillos collected 24 hits, with 10 of 11 Armadillos hitting safely and nine of them scoring at least once. In addition, the team was aided by five walks from Chelsea’s pitchers. Individual offensive stars included shortstop/pitcher Greg Bolger (3-4, BB, 4 runs, 1 RBI); catcher Tom “Bambino” Fitzgerald (3-5, 1 Run, 6 RBIs); pitcher Bill Supple (3-5, 3 runs); center fielder Ray Danis (3-5, 2B, 2 runs, 2 RBIs); second baseman Pistol Pete Picard (3-5, RBI); and outfielder Billy Daw (3-5, 1 run).
On the mound, Supple picked up the win to improve his record to 4-0. He pitched the first six innings of the game, giving up two runs on five hits while walking two and striking out five. He was relieved by Bolger in the seventh inning, who pitched the final three innings, allowing no runs while surrendering five hits, striking out two and walking none.
The Dillos now lead the league in pitching with a 1.55 ERA and in hitting with a team batting average of .387. They have hammered out 121 hits in seven games while scoring 91 runs, accumulating an on-base percentage of .470 and a slugging percentage of .514.
“The team is relaxed and having fun. When you’re not pressing, the runs come easier,” the Bambino said of his teammates.
Once again, the Dillos struck in the first frame, this time for four runs, as Danis, Supple and Bolger all singled to load the bases. Second baseman Brent Tremblay (2-4, BB, 3 runs, 2 RBIs) singled, scoring Danis and Supple. Bolger and Tremblay would later score on successive groundouts by Dann “DVDV” van der Vliet (0-4, BB, 1 run, 1 RBI) and the Bambino.
After Chelsea scored one in the fourth on a double and two ground outs, the Dillos answered in the bottom of the inning by scoring seven runs after two were out and no one on. Third baseman Darby Crum (2-4, BB, 1 RBI), Daw and right fielder Brian Donahue (1-4, 1 run) all singled, and the runners advanced an extra base when the throw on Donahue’s hit was wide of the bag, allowing Crum to score. Danis then doubled in Daw and Donahue. Supple followed with a single, moving Danis to third. Both runners advanced a base, with Danis scoring, on a wild pick-off attempt at first. Bolger followed with a single to plate Supple. Tremblay walked, DVDV reached on an error, allowing Bolger to score, and the Bambino singled in Tremblay. First baseman Dennis Johnson (1-4, BB) had the dubious distinction of making the first and last outs of the inning for the Dillos.
Chelsea cut the lead to 11-2 by scoring one in the sixth, but the Dillos came right back with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Bolger singled, Tremblay reached on a two-base throwing error and the Bambino singled both runners home.
The Dillos plated their final four runs in the eighth inning. Supple walked, Bolger singled. After DVDV walked, the Bambino came through with another key hit to score the two lead runners. Johnson, Picard and Crum all followed with singles, the latter two scoring DVDV and the Bambino.
On Sunday, June 21, Williston travels to Harwood High School in Duxbury to take on the 3-4 Waterbury Warthogs. Game time is noon.
League standings and individual and team statistics are available online at www.scorebook.com. Enter “Vermont Senior Baseball League” under league name search.