Home stand continues for CVU baseball team (5/7/09)

Redhawks winless, but hopeful

May 7, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

“They can hit the ball,” said Champlain Valley Union High head baseball coach Tim Albertson Monday of Tuesday’s visiting foe, undefeated Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans.

A-yep.

The 6-0 Bobwhites cranked out 10 hits and seven runs, four of the tallies unearned, in the first three innings en route to an 8-4 victory over the Redhawks, now winless in six outings.

CVU continues its three-game home stand Friday when North Country Union High, 0-6 at the start of the week, comes calling. Missisquoi Union visits Hinesburg Tuesday afternoon.

The youthful CVU team — it has only four seniors — could take some positives from the clash with the northern swatters. Relief pitchers gave up but five singles and one charged run after taking over with none out in the third inning. Lefty Alex Hawkins and right handers Dan Nelson and Andrew Leckerling established order.

CVU’s bats produced 10 hits, led by designated hitter Carl Lozon’s two singles and three RBIs. Leadoff swinger Andrew Nick collected two singles and  a walk, Alec Zullo hit a pair of singles and Collin Teator slammed a double against the fence down the line in left.

The game might have been closer but for the Redhawks having five runners cut down on the bases by an alert and errorless Bobwhite defense.

BFA’s early bash was highlighted by leadoff batter Jarrod Stuart’s double and Nick Swim’s triple in the first inning, and a Ben Roberts triple and winning pitcher Adam Collins’ double in the second. CVU infield bobbles on consecutive batters in the second inning led to four tainted runs.

Collins worked six innings for the winners, allowing nine hits and three runs while striking out three.

CVU’s bats started making noise last Wednesday in an 11-8 loss to Mount Mansfield Union, which was the home team at the CVU field due to construction at the Cougars’ Jericho Center lair.

Trailing 11-2 in the top of the seventh, the Redhawks struck for five hits and six runs before finally bowing.

In that game, first baseman Shane Montani became a Rip City regular with a homer over the fence in deep center, a double and a single. The big swatter continued Thursday in a 6-5 loss at Colchester High with a triple. He had a single and walk against BFA.

Nick unloaded a homer at Colchester and Zullo connected for a pair of hits.