All-stars honored at Statehouse

Members of the Williston 9- and 10-year-old Little League All-star team, coaches and parents pose with Gov. Peter Shumlin at the Vermont Statehouse. (Observer courtesy photo)

By Matt Rushford

Special to the Observer

The Williston Little League 9- and 10-year-old All-star team was honored at the Vermont Statehouse recently for its 2012 Vermont State Championship and Williston’s first-ever representation of Vermont in the Eastern Regional 9- and 10-year-old Little League Championships.

The Vermont legislature passed an official resolution recognizing the achievements of the group of youngsters. The resolution was passed unanimously and will be recorded permanently in the archives of the Vermont State Senate.

The players and the coaches were invited to attend the voting of the resolution, had a guided tour of the state house and attended a personal meeting with Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Last summer, the Williston team blasted through the district tournament, allowing a total of only three runs in the entire tournament and outscoring its opponents 86-3. The team shut out defending champion South Burlington in consecutive finals matches to claim the division title.

In the state championship, Williston sealed its undefeated season by steamrolling Bennington and St. Albans in three straight games. At the Eastern tournament, Williston represented Vermont strongly, going 1-3, never losing by more than two runs, and taking ultimate regional champs Massachussetts into extra innings.