Supple pitches Armadillos to sixth victory (6/11/09)

Martin blasts homer to ensure win

June 11, 2009

On Sunday, the Williston Armadillos scored early and never relinquished the lead en route to an 8-1 victory over the Woodsville, N.H. Red Sox. The victory moved the first place Dillos to 6-0 in the Vermont Senior Baseball League, while the Red Sox dropped to 2-4.

While the game remained close through seven innings as the Dillos left nine men on base, the team blew it open in the eighth inning while scoring four runs, three of which crossed the plate on Pookie Martin’s (1-4, HR, 1 run, 4 RBIs) monster homer off the boat in the neighbor’s yard beyond the left field fence.

“(Greg) Bolger told us if we wanted to stop at P & H Truck Stop for pie after the game, we had to win,” Martin said about his homer.

Beyond Martin, the other offensive stars for the Dillos were pitcher Bill Supple (3-5, 1 run, 4 RBIs), center fielder Ray Danis (3-4, BB, 3 runs), shortstop/pitcher Bolger (3-4, BB, 1 run), catcher Tom “Bambino” Fitzgerald (2-5) and first baseman Dennis Johnson (2-5, 2B). In all, the Dillos collected 15 hits, with seven of nine players hitting safely.

On the mound, Supple picked up the victory to improve his record to 3-0, pitching 7 2/3 innings while allowing just one run, which was unearned, on five hits and no walks. Supple had a season high 10 strikeouts.

“Supple was in control of the game. His pitch count was minimal, throwing just eight or nine pitches in some innings,” the Bambino said of his battery mate.

Bolger relieved to get the final four outs, allowing only one hit and no walks or runs.

The Dillos scored two in the first inning. Danis, Bolger and Supple all singled to open the game, the latter scoring Danis. Martin then brought home Bolger with a sacrifice fly.

The Red Sox cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the frame on two singles and a throwing error by Martin at third base.

The Dillos came close to scoring another in the third as Dann van der Vliet hit a gapper in left center for a triple but was nailed at the plate as he tried to turn it into a homer.

“It took two relays to get Dann at home. In the Senior Men’s League, two perfect relay throws is not the typical,” summarized player/manager Johnson.

The lead increased to 4-1 in the fourth inning as right fielder Brian Donahue (0-3, 2 BB, 2 runs) drew a walk, Danis bunted for a single and Bolger singled to load the bases. Supple then helped his own cause by singling in the two lead runners.

The Dillos capped the scoring with four runs in the eighth. Second baseman Darby Crum (0-4, BB) walked but was forced at second on Donahue’s grounder. Danis laid down his second bunt single of the game and Bolger walked to load the bases. Donahue then scored on Supple’s ground out and Martin deposited the ball deep over the fence in left center for a three run blast.

Next week, the Dillos finally move back home to Williston Central School after playing five of their first six games on the road, taking on the 2-4 Chelsea Bat Company. Game time is noon.

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