Sports Notes

July 21, 2011

Tournament run ends for 11- and 12-year-old team

Williston pitcher Zach Roy, 11, throws out a Burlington American runner during his team’s 8-7 loss on July 17. The defeat eliminated the 11- and 12-year-old all-star squad from the District I tournament. (Courtesy photo by Tim O’Brien)

The Williston 11- and 12-year-old Little League All-Stars were eliminated from the District I tournament in Burlington on July 17. Facing a must-win contest against Burlington American, the Willistonians lost, 8-7.

Burlington American jumped to an early-inning, 7-0 lead. Chris O’Brien (2-for-2, two RBIs) started the comeback on a home run over the centerfield fence in the fourth inning. The next inning, with two outs, Josh Bliss (2-for-4, two doubles) and Sam Mikell (two RBIs) belted consecutive doubles. Jack Fitzgerald (2-for-3, two RBIs) then singled and the team rallied to plate six runs.

With the score 8-7 going into the sixth inning, Bliss lined a double down the third-base line but Williston was unable to push the tying run across.

South Burlington, which went on to win the District I title, defeated Williston on July 15, 9-3. That loss put Williston in its must-win situation against Burlington American, which played the game with a heavy heart. Bentley Davis Seifer, a member of the Burlington team, drowned while swimming at the Bolton potholes on July 12. Williston finished tournament play with a 6-2 record.

Williston 9- and 10-year-olds seek District I title

Williston 9- and 10-year-old Little League all-star Storm Rushford delivers a pitch during a recent game. (Courtesy photo by Gino Johnson)

After it emerged from pool play as the only undefeated team, the Williston 9- and 10-year-old Little League All-Stars opened the District I double-elimination tournament with an 11-3 victory over Shelburne on July 12.

Pitchers Ian Parent, Baker Angstman and Storm Rushford were supported by strong hitting performances from Jake Murphy and Tyler Skaffelstad.

In the winner’s bracket game on July 15, South Burlington defeated Williston, 6-5. South Burlington jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with a series of infield hits and aggressive baserunning.

Williston fought back in the later innings with strong hitting and baserunning performances by Angstman, Andrew Wilkinson and Rushford.

The comeback culminated in the bottom of the sixth when, with Angstman on base, Murphy hit a long fly ball with two outs that was caught for the final out of the game.

The loss sent Williston into the loser’s bracket to face Middlebury. The team defeated Middlebury, 16-6, in a game that ended prematurely via the mercy rule. Down 4-0, Williston scored 16 runs in five innings. Power-hitting by Keenan Laclair, Sam Gelin and Murphy complimented Skafflestad’s pitching.

That victory earned Williston a second shot at South Burlington in a do-or-die match on Monday. This time, Williston came out on fire with seven runs over the first four innings, and held on for a 7-5 win. Parent, Griffin McDermott, Aidan Johnson, Murphy and Rushford ignited the offense.

Rushford, the starting pitcher, held South Burlington to its lowest scoring game in the tournament, thanks to a toxic combination of blistering four- and two- seam fastballs.

Williston backed up Rushford in the field with catches in the outfield by McDermott, Wilkinson and Johnson.

The game, which was delayed because of thunder, was called after four innings due to darkness. When the game continued on Tuesday, South Burlington mounted a comeback. With the tying run at the plate in the last inning, Williston right fielder Isaiah Lawlor caught a ball near the wall. Angstman and Murphy combined to strike out the final batter and seal the victory.

Williston faces South Burlington again on Wednesday (after Observer press time) for the D-I championship.

Recent CVU grads play role in Twin State soccer clashes

With graduated Champlain Valley Union players in prominent roles, the Vermont teams in the annual Lions Twin State Cup soccer matches at Castleton State College got a split with their New Hampshire counterparts on July 16. The girls won, 2-0. The boys bowed, 2-1.

CVU’s Lindsay Hawley assisted on one of Polly Biron’s (BFA-St. Albans) two goals. Former Redhawks Amanda Kinneston and Emma Eddy also contributed to the Vermont victory.

Vermont’s lone score in the boys match came on a free kick by Kyle Logan, one of three CVU stars on the squad. Others were Ryan Boland and Tino Tomasi, who earned the team’s sportsmanship award.

New Hampshire sweeps Vermont in Twin State Hockey Classic

The Vermont boys and girls teams lost to New Hampshire in the Twin State Hockey Classic, which benefitted the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The girls, coached by CVU’s Tom Ryan and Will MacKinnon,

fell to New Hampshire, 5-1. Redhawks’ Molly Howard, Alyx Rivard and Amanda Lacaillade were on the squad.

CVU’s Mr. Hockey, Robbie Dobrowski, was on the Vermont team with teammates Derek Goodwin, J.P. Benoit and Erik Maclean. The boys lost, 3-0.

Tomashot competes in amateur golf tournament

CVU’s Vermont high school Division I golf champ Jack Tomashot finished 23rd in the Vermont State Amateur Golf Tournament last week at the Neshobe Golf Club in Brandon.

After shooting an 81 on opening day, Tomashot regrouped with a 73 to make the cut. He fired a 73 and 76 on the 36-hole final day for a tournament total of 303.