By Mal Boright
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.