Aug. 6, 2009
By Mal Boright
The S. D. Ireland American Legion baseball team did not make the state tournament this summer, but the generally youthful squad of local players did have some solid moments.
The Clover Guys knocked off Northern Division leader Addison not once but twice. They were solidly in the chase for one of four playoff berths allotted to the division until they got bumped off twice by the Colchester Cannons in a twin bill at Centennial Field.
Colchester went on to capture the state tournament and will move on to the New England event this weekend.
One of the Ireland’s home highlights took place when they were still in the race for a playoff. Franklin County came to the Champlain Valley Union High field and, in a seven-inning game, took a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth. The runs came as a result of three homers.
The Irelands then put up a three-spot in the bottom of the sixth and closed it out with four more in the bottom of the seventh. Key hits were run-producing doubles by Andy Kent in the sixth and Shane Montani in the seventh. Montani got the pitching win with a one-two-three inning of relief work.
With many of these players back next summer, playoffs should once again loom.