May 8th, 2014
‘Clobbersville’ victory over St. J on Tuesday
By Mal Boright
Cool days in Hinesburg are having no effect on the hot bats of the Champlain Valley Union High baseball team.
The defending Division 1 champions end what has been a bombastic four-game home stand Thursday when Rice Memorial High brings its game to town (4:30 p.m.).
The traveling Green Knights will be confronted by a 6-1 CVU team that has put together six straight victories while outscoring foes by a clobbersville margin of 82 runs to 6. Welcome to the School of Hard Knocks.
There were 18 knocks by the Redhawks on a windy and cool Tuesday as the Red and White gents unlimbered a 12-1 bopping of visiting 2-5 St. Johnsbury Academy.
Shortstop Rayne Supple got CVU started. The second batter for the home team in the bottom of the first inning, Supple powered a Colton Hudson offering over the fence in center field to score Deegan Poland, who was hit by a pitch leading off, putting the Hawks up 2-0.
After the Hilltoppers tallied a run in the top of the fourth on a leadoff double and two groundouts, CVU chased two more across the plate in the bottom of the inning. Will Potter (4-for-4 with three runs scored) and Poland (3-for-3) singled. The two later scored on RBI grounders by Hayden Smith and Sam Mikell, as the Redhawks grabbed a 4-1 advantage.
CVU put the game away by turning six hits and two walks into six runs in the fifth inning — the key blow a hard two-run single to right by Smith, who had a pair of hits and four runs produced.
Pitcher Kyle Stanley was once again solid, allowing but four hits while striking out 10 batters. The righthander mixed a well-located fast ball with an eye-popping big curve ball that turned normally aggressive swingers into lookie-loos unable to launch wood at the dancing, breaking pitch.
Last Friday, the Redhawks blasted previous antagonist South Burlington High 15-0 in a game halted in the bottom of the fifth inning by the 15-run margin mercy rule. The Rebels had ripped CVU 11-4 in the season opener at South Burlington.
Supple was the mound artist as his mitt-popping fast ball limited the Rebs to a pair of ground singles while eight went down on strikes, all of them swinging at Supple heaters.
Primary CVU bashers were Sam Mikell with a three-bagger, two singles and three ribbies. Potter, the bottom of the order crusher, had a double, single and walk in four trips and a trio of RBIs. Shea Ireland had two bingles as the Redhawks put up 12 hits while being gifted with 10 bases on balls.
A four-game road series opens Saturday with an 11 a.m. contest at 1-6 Colchester High.