Armadillos drop season opener (5/13/10)

Team rebounds against Newport

May 13, 2010

The Armadillos, Williston’s team in the Vermont Senior Baseball League, dropped their season opener, 7-5, on April 26 in Woodstock.

The loss came despite Williston outhitting its opponents, the Killington Saints, 12 to 6. The Dillos’ offense was led by center fielder Ray Danis (3-4, run), left fielder Reid Crosby (2-3, BB, run) and pitcher Pat “Pookie” Martin (2-4, run, RBI).

On the mound, Martin (0-1) got the start for Williston, but was plagued by wildness. Martin threw four innings, giving up seven runs, five of which were earned, on six hits and five walks. He recorded two strikeouts. Greg Bolger threw the final four innings for Williston, giving up no runs on one hit and one walk while striking out four.

In the second frame, Killington capitalized on three walks, followed by two singles and an error to take a 3-0 lead.

Williston went up by one in the top of the fourth as the Dillos bounced back with five runs. After Danis singled and Crosby was hit by a pitch, Martin, Bolger (1-3, run, RBI), first baseman Pete Picard (1-4, run, RBI) and catcher Darby Crum (1-4, RBI) singled in succession, each bringing home a runner. Right fielder Billy Daw (1-3) walked to load the bases and second baseman Dennis Arnold (1-3, RBI) singled to bring home Picard.

Martin, however, was unable to hold the lead. Killington plated four more runs in the bottom of the fourth on four hits, three of which were for extra bases, and a hit batsman. While Bolger was nearly flawless in relief, the Dillos’ offense was unable to mount a further comeback.

On May 2, the Dillos prevailed 4-1 in their home opener against Newport, which went to the championship game last season. The team’s offense, which again rapped out 12 hits, was led by Danis (2-4), Bolger (2-4, 2B, RBI), third baseman Jesse Stein (2-4, 2B, RBI) and Crosby (2-3).

Bill Supple started on the mound for the Dillos, going 5 1/3 innings, rendering one unearned run on three hits and four walks, while striking out two. Bolger (1-0) pitched the last 3 2/3 innings, giving up no runs, one hit and striking out two.

Newport scored their sole run in the third on two singles, a walk and an error by Stein at third. That lead stood until the eighth, when the Armadillos scored all four of their runs. Following three straight singles by left fielder Dan Morse (1-1, BB, sac, run), first baseman Ted DiGrande (1-3, run) and Scott Hill (1-3, run), Supple was hit by a pitch to force home a run. Bolger plated another on a sacrifice fly and when the throw trying to get the advancing runner got away, another run scored. Stein then singled home Supple to round out the scoring.

From there, Bolger recorded a one-two-three ninth inning to get his first win of the season.

On May 16, Williston will host 2-0 Mad River Valley. Game time is noon.

League standings and individual and team statistics are online at Enter “Vermont Senior Baseball League” under league name search.