Armadillos edged by Charlotte (8/13/09)

Loss drops Williston from first place

Aug. 13, 2009

The Williston Armadillos squared off against last year’s Vermont Senior Baseball League champions, the Charlotte Bison, on Sunday in a battle of the two teams with the league’s best records.

The game lived up to its potential, as each team had the lead, but was unable to hold it. Unfortunately for the Dillos, in the end, the Bison handed them their third straight one-run loss, this time 7-6 in 10 innings. While both teams now have identical 10-3 records, Charlotte assumes first place in the league given its victory.

Williston was held to just seven hits, but two of them were out of the yard, one by first baseman Pookie Martin (1-3, BB, HR, 3 runs, RBI) and the other by third baseman Jeff Boucher (3-4, HR, 3 runs, 3 RBIs). Boucher was the only Dillo to collect more than one hit.

On the mound, starter Bill Supple threw six innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, while walking two and striking out four. Greg Bolger, who took the loss, threw the last four innings, giving up one run on six hits, while striking out three.

Williston jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first. After Supple (0-3, BB) was hit by a pitch, Bolger (0-4) forced him at second. Martin walked and second baseman Pete Picard (1-3, sac, 1 RBI) singled, scoring Bolger. One batter later, Boucher singled home Martin.

The lead was cut to 2-1 in the second as Charlotte registered a single and a double, with an Armadillo error in the middle.

Williston scored twice in the fourth as Boucher hit a two-run homer. Charlotte answered with a run in the bottom of the frame on a walk, an error and a single.

The Bison then tied the game in the fifth on two singles, a double and a sacrifice fly and knocked a two-run homer in the sixth for a 6-4 lead.

The Dillos, however, refused to fold, coming back with one in the seventh inning on Martin’s solo four bagger and tied the game in the eighth as Boucher and Jesse Stein (1-3) singled and catcher Darby Lee Crum (1-3, 2B, RBI) doubled home Boucher.

The score remained knotted at 6 until the bottom of the 10th. With two outs, Charlotte recorded a single and a double to put the winning run at third. After an intentional pass to load the bases, the following batter hit a hard grounder in the hole between short and third. While Dillo shortstop Tremblay dove and fielded the ball, his throw to third was too late to get the runner, as the winning run scampered home.

On Sunday, the Dillos travel to Northfield to take on the 2-11 Stars.

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