By Mal Boright
It was a busy if short season for the under-age-17 Vermont Outlaws.
Coach Tim Albertson’s crew captured the league tournament this past weekend in Plattsburgh, N.Y. to close the campaign with a 20-19-1 record in less than two months of throwing, fielding and whacking the horsehide.
After taking just one of four games the previous weekend in a tournament in Ottawa, Ont., the Outlaws struck back with a sweep of three contests in Plattsburgh, fully justifying their top-seeded position.
They closed out the tournament with a 3-1 triumph Sunday over OEC (Orleans-Essex-Caledonia) Lightning as Sam Mikell hurled a four-hitter and fanned 12 batters in a route-going effort.
Dan Poodiack keyed the Outlaws’ three-run first inning by singling home a pair of tallies. He had two hits in the game while Mikell clouted a double.
It was the second win in 24 hours over the Lightning. The Outlaws nipped OEC 4-2 Saturday afternoon on Jack Dugan’s bases-loaded two bagger in the seventh inning.
Dugan’s game busting followed a walk to Michael Baechle, Riley Fitzgerald’s double and an intentional walk to Pat McHugh.
Fitzgerald worked the complete game victory, striking out four.
In their tournament opening game Saturday morning, the Outlaws pasted the Vermont Jays 13-0 as Andrew Bortnick chilled Jays bats with a mere one hit while whiffing seven.
It was a virtual wrecking crew at the plate for the Outlaws. Mikell clubbed a triple and single to drive in three runs while scoring two. Chris O’Brien stroked a double and single to drive in a pair of tallies, while Poodiack and Nick Fecteau each smacked a single and drove in two runs.