October 2, 2014

Rapping Redhawks close out homestand Thursday

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There were lots of close plays and dirty uniforms during CVU’s win over South Burlington last Friday. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

There were lots of close plays and dirty uniforms during CVU’s win over South Burlington last Friday. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

May 8th, 2014

‘Clobbersville’ victory over St. J on Tuesday

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

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.

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