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Outlaws to end busy season with tourney

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By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

August 1, 2013

Coach Tim Albertson and his age 17-and-under Vermont Outlaws baseball nine began the season June 18.

Now, some 45 days and 38 games later, they will close the campaign with four games in this weekend’s Heritage Summer Showdown tournament, starting Friday with a seven-inning contest against Electric City from Schenectady, N.Y. at 5:30 p.m.

The tournament will continue Saturday and Sunday with games at Champlain Valley Union High, Colchester and St. Albans.

Other teams include the Montreal Rockies, Ottawa, Burlington, Mass., Colchester Junior Cannons and the Vermont Jays from Franklin County.

“Our games (Outlaws) will be played here at CVU,” said Albertson. Each team is guaranteed four contests.

The Outlaws were at Colchester Wednesday afternoon for a final tune up before the tournament. They were also hoping to return to their winning 3-0 ways of last weekend in Ottawa prior to a 7-2 loss at home to the Jays Tuesday. That left their record at 20-18.

The Outlaws and Jays cruised into the top of the sixth knotted in a 2-2 deadlock when the visitors scored two runs to take the final lead. The Outlaws might have gotten out of the inning unsullied but for a bad hop one-out, one-on infield single that later led to a two-out, two-run double.

Ken Chapman’s two-run triple in the top of the seventh assured the Jays of victory.

The Outlaws had just three hits, but all were boomers. Starting pitcher Pat McHugh clubbed an RBI triple, while Noah Lipman socked an RBI double. Sam Mikell also doubled.

McHugh worked the first four innings and allowed two runs, one earned. He gave up four hits and fanned four. Will Potter took over in the fifth and took the loss.

Righty Luke Corey pitched the final three innings for the winners. He gave up McHugh’s three-bagger and struck out six, four (a batter reached on a dropped third strike) in the final inning when he went to his heater.

The weekend wins in Ottawa were led at the plate by Potter with a smashing seven hits in nine trips, and Jack Dugan, who went six for 10 including a triple and three runs driven home.

Mikell hurled the opening 4-3 victory over the Montreal Rockies. He tossed a four hitter and struck out 14, allowing but two earned runs.

Taylor Atwood fired a one-hitter in a 3-1 win over Ottawa. He struck out 11 and walked five and drove in a tally with a sacrifice fly.

A 10-4 triumph over Ottawa saw Lipman pitch four innings and Keagan Horton the final three. Potter, Dugan, Mikell and Atwood all had two or more hits.

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