April 29, 2010
By Mal Boright
As of Tuesday, it would be at least another day before the Champlain Valley Union High baseball team could get back on track following Saturday’s derailing at Rice Memorial High.
Tuesday’s game at Vergennes Union High (2-1) was postponed until Wednesday, and that date, according to CVU head coach Tim Albertson, was shaky given rain in the forecast.
The Redhawks are then scheduled to visit Mount Abraham Union in Bristol on Friday and to return to their Hinesburg field Tuesday with a strong Essex High contingent paying a 4:30 p.m. visit.
CVU stands at 2-2 for the young season in the wake of a 15-4 loss at 4-0 Rice, which has a lineup of swatters (12 hits) but also took advantage of 11 CVU errors, 10 walks and a hit batter.
Those kinds of defeats can be dispiriting. But as a salty veteran high school baseball coach once observed (and others have probably repeated), “These games happen in the early spring in Vermont high school baseball. It is good to get them out of your system.”
Albertson said the team was working on getting past the debacle as soon as the game was over.
“This team is good about recovering and moving forward,” Albertson said, adding that the seniors spoke up and took leadership at a team meeting in the middle of the field at Rice.
There were positives the Redhawks could take from the outing. The bats pinged for nine hits including Drew Nick’s two RBI singles and a two-run single by Tucker Kohlasch.
Collin Teator whacked two doubles, one a shot off a Rice outfielder’s glove. He also pitched a shutout inning in relief.
CVU starter Curt Echo deserved a better fate. After pitching out of a run-in, bases loaded, no outs situation in the first, Echo got touched up for six runs, five of them unearned, in the third on three hits. That gave the Green Knights a 7-1 edge and control of the contest.
Righty Sean Rugg worked the first four innings for the winners and left in the top of the fifth after Teator, Alec Zullo and Nick whacked three straight hits. Lefty Josh Blow finished up.
Last Thursday, CVU found itself trailing Missisquoi Valley Union 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth at a windblown home nest.
After receiving gifts of two walks and a hit batter from Missisquoi pitching to load the bases with no outs, Zullo singled home two runs. Nick drove in another on a sacrifice fly, and reached base when the ball was misplayed in the outfield. He later scored on a wild pitch as the Redhawks put five runs on the board to clinch their second victory.
Lefty Alex Hopkins picked up the win with four outs of shutout relief.
The Redhawks had gone hitless until Teator singled to lead off the bottom of the fifth and added only singles by Ian Solomon in the fifth and Zullo’s clutch shot in the sixth. However, they made hay from 11 bases on balls.