CVU tops BFA-St. Albans for seventh straight win
May 26, 2011By Mal Boright Observer correspondent
Having dispatched a mighty BFA-St. Albans team, 3-0, on Tuesday at its Hinesburg ball yard, the Champlain Valley Union baseball team takes its seven-game winning streak to Colchester on Thursday (4 p.m.) for a big session with the 13-1 Lakers.
The Redhawks return home on Friday (4:30 p.m.) to make up a previous postponement with 2-11 Milton, which got whacked by Colchester (15-0) on Tuesday.
Thus far, it has been a good week for coach Tim Albertson’s 10-4 charges. Monday’s 2-1 nine-inning nipping of Burlington at the Seahorses’ field preceded the important win over the 12-2 Bobwhites.
“We are playing well,” said Albertson’s, after Tuesday’s victory in which starting hurler Curt Echo worked six solid innings and slugger-slinger Davis Mikell unloaded a home run. He also pitched the seventh inning for the save by notching three whiffs.
Echo, the junior right-hander, set the stage for the victory. Getting first pitch strikes on seven of the first eight BFA batters, Echo allowed only four scattered hits in six-plus innings. He struck out four, walked none, and hit two batters.
Echo had a serious situation only in the top of the fourth when, with one out, a hit batter and Taylor Rafferty’s solid double down the left field line put BFA runners at second and third. The cool Echo responded by getting a strikeout and inducing a pop fly to right.
“I tried to work both sides of the plate and hit my spots,” Echo said of his game plan.
He admitted he might have tired a bit when he was lifted after surrendering a single and hitting a batter to lead off the seventh. He did not go far. Albertson inserted Echo behind the plate to catch Mikell’s scorching heat as the big sophomore fanned three, and walked one to close out the contest.
The lone run needed by the victors in the well-played (by both teams) game came in the top of the second frame when Mikell, leading off, deposited BFA righty Andrew Delaricheliere’s third pitch over the fence in right center – a place becoming known as Mikellville. It was his third round tripper of the season.
Shortstop Tucker Kohlasch, who started the CVU bat works in the bottom of the first with a 12-pitch session before lining out to left, cracked a double to left to lead off the third. He later scored on Ryan Machavern’s sacrifice fly to deep right.
In the fourth, Drew Nick and Lawrence Halverson (two hits each) singled to start the inning with Nick coming home on Tim Jones’ sacrifice fly to center.
Nick earned the win on Monday, going eight innings and striking out 10 Seahorses before Mikell blew down BHS batters in the ninth for the save.
“I used mostly the fastball,” Nick said of the winning performance.
Jones produced the winning run in the top of the ninth with a sacrifice fly. Kohlasch rapped a pair of hits for the Hawks.