Quarterfinal upset ends CVU’s baseball season

The Redhawks held a 1-0 lead heading into the sixth inning of their playoff loss. Observer file photo by Al Frey

Eighth-seeded St. Johnsbury scored eight runs in the top of the sixth inning to blow open a Division I quarterfinal game against the top-seeded Champlain Valley baseball team and pull off an 11-2 upset win Saturday in Hinesburg.

The Redhawks, who finished the season at 16-2, held a 1-0 lead heading into the sixth inning but surrendered eight runs, then gave up three more in the top of the seventh in the loss.

Tyler Wells kept the CVU bats under control, allowing just four hits and striking out four in seven innings to earn the complete-game win.

Jake Choinere had three hits, while Wells helped his own cause with four RBIs. Jasper Rankin, Nick Guckin and Shane Alercio each added two hits for the Hilltoppers, who advanced to face No. 4 South Burlington in the D-I semifinals.

Ian Parent singled and drove in two runs for the Redhawks, while Jake Bortnick had a single. Liam Reiner took the loss, despite striking out eight.

— Lauren Read, Observer correspondent