May 1, 2014
Teams and parents host Strike Out Cancer fundraiser
By Mal Boright
Two weeks ago, the Champlain Valley Union High baseball team got nailed 11-4 at South Burlington High.
The Rebels, 4-1 entering this week, will ride into Hinesburg Thursday (4:30 p.m.) for a second session with the now rocking and rolling Redhawks, who have snagged four straight victories since being popped in Rebel land.
The contest will feature a Strike Out Cancer fundraiser for charities at both schools established by the two teams and parents. There will be a raffle featuring three tickets to Yankee-Red Sox games at Fenway Park plus some 30 other prizes.
Strike Out Cancer black or pink tee shirts will be sold and June Poodiack, a CVU parent, will throw out the game’s first pitch. Rain date is set for Friday.
In addition, Oasis on Wheels, the lunch wagon at CVU games, has pledged 20 percent from baseball season profits to the charity.
The latest victory for the Redhawks, who have outscored foes 55-5 in their four-game victory string, came Tuesday — a 15-0 spanking of visiting Spaulding High. The mercy rule halted proceedings with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning after CVU pushed over four runs without a hit on six walks, a fielder’s choice and an infield error.
Rap session leaders included Sam Mikell, who went three-for-three with a pair of doubles, a single and a walk. He scored three runs and drove in two.
Starting and winning pitcher Kyle Stanley stroked a double and single while scoring twice. Erik Bergkvist smashed a double and single with two runs batted in. Shea Ireland had two singles and a pair of RBIs while Will Potter singled and walked twice to drive in four runs.
Stanley earned his second victory in five days, breezing through Spaulding’s first 12 batters while whiffing four, mixing a well-located fast ball with a tantalizing curve.
Head coach Tim Albertson lifted Stanley after the Crimson Tide’s Curtis Magnan led off the fifth with a single up the middle. Potter came on and got out of the inning with a pair of strikeouts, despite surrendering a double and walk.
It was the second victory in two days for the Redhawks, who clipped Colchester High 9-2 Monday at the school by the bay, leaving the Lakers 1-5 for the young season.
Bergkvist hurled a complete game victory with a five-hitter, while Rayne Supple and Potter paced the offense with two hits each.
In the 16-1 victory over visiting Mount Abraham last Thursday, Stanley worked six frames, allowing four hits and an unearned run while fanning nine batters and walking nary an Eagle.
“My curve ball was working,” the senior righthander said after the game.
Ireland and Deagan bopped three hits each, Ireland driving in three runs. Mikell bashed a third inning solo homer over the fence in left field.
An Ireland infield grounder in the sixth drove in the 16th CVU run to bring on the mercy rule and end the game.