April 26, 2017

Essex-CVU legion champs bow out of New Englands

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Helped by at least three former Champlain Valley Union High players in its run to the Vermont State Championship, the Essex American Legion baseball team lost an elimination game, 4-3, to Bangor, Maine Saturday at the New England Regionals in Middletown, Conn.
The Vermont champions had a 1-2 record in the annual event.
Essex did not go easily. Bangor took a 3-1 lead into the top of the ninth when Essex tied it. But the Mainers pushed over a run in the bottom of the frame to advance.
After losing 4-2 to host Middletown on Thursday, Essex bounced back Friday with a 7-5 victory over Dover, N.H. after grabbing an early 5-0 lead.
Davis Mikell pitched a five-hit, eight-strikeout game in the opening loss and also cracked a pair of hits to drive home a run.
During the season, Mikell batted .366 with three homers and 28 RBIs. He also had a 6-1 record with an 0.84 earned run average on the mound.
Fellow former CVU player Hayden Smith had a .364 batting average and Deagan Poland was also a standout.
Essex completed the campaign with a 28-11 record.


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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