May 24, 2018

Trio of twin bills await the baseball Outlaws

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

With just one day off after four games in three days (they were 1-3) at a Saratoga, N.Y. tournament, the busy Vermont under-17 baseball unit (5-5-1) opened a busy, busy week Tuesday with a visit to St. Albans and the Vermont Jays.
Coach Tim Albertson’s Outlaws traveled to Lake Placid, N.Y. Wednesday before returning home Thursday to their Rice Memorial High field for a double header against the Colchester Junior Cannons with the first game slated for 3:30 p.m.
After an off day Friday, the Outlaws will hit the road again for a Saturday double dip against the senior Legion team in Granville, N.Y. followed by a Sunday twosome in Rutland against the local Legion nine.
Next Wednesday, the Albertson aggregation will be back in Saratoga for the three-day annual Coopers Cave Tournament.
The lone victory last weekend was a 5-2 decision over Granville, N.Y. junior Legion as Tanner Smith hurled the victory, going six innings and allowing just three hits while fanning four batters. Thomas Stevens worked the seventh to garner a save.
Run production was spearheaded by Landon Carpenter and Jordan Bell, each with two-run singles. Connor Barton and Riley Fitzgerald socked two hits apiece.
In the other games, the Outlaws lost 10-5 to Ottawa, Canada despite a three-run double from Nick Fecteau; bowed 10-0 without a hit to Saratoga, and fell 14-4 to the Clinton County, N.Y. Mariners.
At home last Thursday, the Outlaws had turned the tables on visiting Clinton County with a 17-3 shelling of the Empire State crew. This after the visitors had bombed the Outlaws 14-4 the previous week in New York.
The Outlaws blistered Clinton pitching for 13 hits and got nine free passes in the cruncher. In the number nine spot in the order, Tyler Donohue led the onslaught with two hits, three walks and a run batted in five trips to the platter.
Fecteau smashed a double and single and scored two runs while driving in one. Smith and Pat McHugh also picked up two hits each.
Starting and winning pitcher Andrew Bortnick worked five inning, surrendering one run and six hits while striking out seven. Bell hurled the final two frames.

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