Dillos win (8/20/09)

 Aug. 20, 2009

After three consecutive one-run losses, the Armadillos turned the tables on Sunday, defeating the Northfield Stars 5-4. With the win, the 11-3 Armadillos kept pace with Charlotte, also sporting an 11-3 record, but seeding ahead of the Dillos due to their victory over Williston last week. “Obviously, we need to win the rest of our games and have someone beat Charlotte for us to take first,” said pitcher/third baseman Pookie Martin.  

Williston erupted for fifteen hits, but left thirteen men on base and had two runners thrown out attempting to take an extra base following a hit. Individual stars for the Dillos were third baseman Darby Crum (3-4, 1 Run); Brent Tremblay (3-4, BB, 1 RBI); catcher Billy “Vegas” Daw (2-3, BB, 1 Run, 1 RBI);  shortstop Greg Bolger (2-4, BB, 1 Run); and center fielder Ray Danis (2-5, 1 RBI).

 On the mound, Martin got his first league start, throwing the first four innings and giving up just one earned run on three hits, all in the first inning, and two walks, while striking out one. He was relieved by Bill Supple, who uncharacteristically faced seven batters but recorded only one out while giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on two hits and three walks. Bolger, who collected the win to improve his record to 4-2, came on with the bases loaded in the fifth and three runs in to retire the next two batters without a run scoring. In total, he hurled the last four and 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up only four hits, striking out four and walking none.

 After Northfield jumped to a 1-0 lead on three singles in the first, the Dillos took a 2-1 lead in the second.  Daw singled, but was forced at second by Crum. After right fielder Dennis Arnold (1-3, BB, 1 Run) reached base on an error, Pete Picard (1-3, Sac., 2 RBI) singled home Crum. Danis followed with a single to score Arnold, but, after Arnold scored, Picard was thrown out at third on the play to end the inning. Williston scored another run in the third when Supple and Bolger singled and Tremblay’s double plated Supple and took a 4-1 lead in the fifth when Bolger and Tremblay and Daw singled home Bolger.While Crum followed with another single, Tremblay was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second.   

 In the fifth, Northfield tied the game by scoring three runs off Supple, who came in at the beginning of the inning to render up two hits, three walks, and an error, while getting just one out.   Bolger relieved with the bases loaded and induced a grounder to short, which resulted in a force out at home, and struck out the next batter to end the inning. The Dillos scored what turned out to be the winning run in the eighth when Daw was hit by a pitch, Crum singled, Arnold walked and Picard plated Daw with a sacrifice fly.

 On Aug. 23, Williston returns to Williston Central to take on the 9-5 Caledonia Bucks. League standings and individual/team statistics may be found at www.scorebook.com. Enter Vermont Senior Baseball League under league name search.