May 6, 2010
By Mal Boright
When thunder from on high Tuesday at a little after 6 p.m. caused umpires to suspend the baseball contest between Champlain Valley Union High and Essex High at the CVU baseball foundry, nature’s boomers only took over for the Essex bats.
The veteran 4-1 Hornets had through five innings smashed 18 hits in rolling up a 12-3 advantage over the Redhawks. Then the thunder, followed by lightning and a hard rain, halted proceedings.
The contest was to be resumed Wednesday afternoon, after press deadline, with two on and two out in the bottom of the fifth inning with Lawrence Halvorson batting for CVU.
It was the first game in a busy week in which the 3-4 CVU aggregation will be home to Burlington High on Thursday (4:30 p.m.), at Middlebury Union High on Saturday (11 a.m.) and then back home Tuesday to Mount Mansfield Union (4:30 p.m.).
Essex, considered one of the Metro powerhouses, took charge in the top of the first inning when its first four batters — Dylan Begin, Adam Picard, Dave Valley and Ted Andrews — all rocked solid hits, Begin a double to right center. The foursome started an eight run, 10-hit inning that pretty much decided the contest then and there.
Valley, a senior right-hander, hurled the first four innings and held CVU to three hits and two runs. Lefty Beau Brooks moved from first to the mound in the fifth and gave up two walks and a run while striking out two before the big boom out of the darkening skies shut things down.
Halvorson, a sophomore, led CVU with two singles and an RBI.
Junior lefty Calvin Benevento started for the Redhawks. He gave way in the third to junior righty Ryan Machavern, who pitched two-and-two-thirds strong innings, touched up only by an Andrews two-run homer.
There was more boom in the CVU bats Monday, when the pings and bongs produced 17 hits and a 12-1 win at 3-3 Vergennes Union High in the makeup of a previously postponed contest.
Theron Fuller pitched six innings to collect the win. He surrendered just six hits and whiffed three batters.
The lusty attack was led by Drew Nick, who socked a homer, double and single to chase five runs over the platter. Alec Zullo lashed a double and two singles while Tucker Kohlasch unloaded a pair of doubles for two ribbies. Halvorson cracked a two-bagger and drove home two runs.
The offensive outburst was a welcome sight for coach Tim Albertson after the Redhawks got shut down Friday in Bristol by 5-0 Mount Abraham Union’s Shawn Marcelle. Pickings off Marcelle were slight: just five hits while he fanned 12.
The top rapper for CVU was Nick with a double and single.