December 22, 2014

Showdown Saturday for CVU and BFA baseball nines

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CVU second baseman Kyle Stanley makes a tough catch in shallow right center while Deagan Poland backs up the play. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

CVU second baseman Kyle Stanley makes a tough catch in shallow right center while Deagan Poland backs up the play. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Weathered out of their contest last Thursday, the high-flying Champlain Valley Union High and Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans baseball teams will be on the Hinesburg field Saturday morning at 11 to settle matters in a game that will have consequences in the post-season pairings.
Before that, the Redhawks travel to Newport Thursday to take on a decent North Country Union High nine.
CVU (12-2) took care of business Tuesday with a fifth-inning 11-run explosion enroute to a 12-6 triumph at 9-6 Essex High. While this was taking place, BFA hiked its record to 12-2 with a 9-0 home blanking of Milton High.
Rayne Supple, named Vermont’s baseball Gatorade Player of the Year Tuesday, hurled his way to the CVU victory and also drove in a pair of runs. Big ribbies also came from the bats of Erik Bergkvist and Hayden Smith.
Saturday, the Redhawks rapped visiting Milton 9-1 on senior day. They accomplished the win with just six hits but with help from the visitors who contributed three errors, seven walks and two hit batters. CVU also caused a county-wide alarm by swiping 11 bases which, if not a record haul, was close to it.
Supple swung a mighty bat, as did Smith. The former stroked a double and single to drive in three runs, while Smith cut loose with a triple and single to chase home two scores.
Deagan Poland walked three times, stole four bases and scored three runs, providing a real pain in the leadoff batting order position for Milton.
Bergkvist hurled six solid innings for the victory, allowing six hits and walking nary a Miltonite. He whiffed one.

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