By Mal Boright
After a scheduled trip to Middlebury Union High Tuesday was postponed due to weather, the Champlain Valley Union High baseball team now looks to open a four-game homestand on Thursday with Spaulding High of Barre in Hinesburg with a 4 p.m. first pitch.
Mount Mansfield Union, 3-0 to start the week, rolls into CVU for a Saturday morning (11 o’clock) session followed by the Essex High Hornets on Tuesday.
In their one home appearance Friday, coach Tim Albertson’s Redhawks unloaded a 10-1 bamboozle on 2-2 St. Johnsbury Academy in a hitting and pitching fest that hiked the Hawks’ season mark to 3-0.
Expert slinging and bashing came from senior Curt Echo as he tossed a complete game three-hitter and, proving pitchers can hit, crushed a triple and two singles for two runs batted in.
On the mound, the veteran righthander hit his spots on the corners of the plate and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before weakening a tad to finish with eight strikeouts and but one walk.
“I hung a few pitches,” said Echo of the Hilltoppers trio of late singles.
In the fifth, Echo produced a hurler’s dream inning, striking out all three St. Johnsbury batters (five-six-seven in the lineup) on the absolute minimum nine pitches. That is a very rare occasion.
“Curt threw very well today,” said Albertson.
Back on the whack side, the distance doozie of the day was the Big D, first baseman Davis Mikell, who slugged doubles to left center and deep right to drive home three tallies. Tucker Kohlasch unloaded two singles and a sacrifice fly from the leadoff spot. Brendan Davitt slashed a pair of singles and scored two runs in the ninth hole. Jeff Badger socked an RBI double and drew a walk in four trips.
Senior shortstop and captain Drew Nick had a walk and sacrifice fly in three trips to the platter, while flawlessly handling five grounders in the infield.
The Hilltoppers’ only ball out of the infield until the sixth was a third inning fly to Lawrence Halvorson in right.