Two losses knock Irelands out of Legion tourney (Aug.14 2008)

Aug. 14, 2008
By Tim Simard
Observer staff

S.D. Ireland came up short last weekend during the American Legion baseball Northern District tournament. Ireland suffered two losses at the tournament in Middlebury to finish the season at 18-15, including non-league games.

The S.D. Ireland team came into the Northern District Tournament as the second seed, right behind the Colchester Cannons. Addison County seeded third, followed by the O.E.C. Kings.

File photo by Ben Sarle
S.D. Ireland player Paul Handy watches a pitch during a mid-season game against Orleans-Essex County. The American Legion baseball team rode a 14-4 league record to a second-place finish in the regular season, but bowed out of the Northern Division tournament this month with two straight losses.

The tournament began Friday, Aug. 1 in a four-team, double-elimination event. The Cannons played against the Kings, with S.D. Ireland taking on Addison. The Kings won in a lopsided 13-2 game.

S.D. Ireland lost to Addison in another one-sided game, 10-2, on Friday. Addison’s Corey Haight allowed just one hit in six innings, striking out four. Ireland infielder Justin Raymond smacked a triple for the team’s biggest hit of the game. Williston pitcher Nick Angstman took the loss.

S.D. Ireland played against the Cannons on Saturday morning in the losers’ bracket. Ireland could only muster one run, losing 7-1 and falling from the tournament. Cannon’s pitcher Matt Goulet took the win, with Williston pitcher Whitney Mikell taking the loss for Ireland. Raymond again tripled in the second game.

In the winner’s bracket, Addison defeated the Kings 4-2, advancing to the finals. The Cannons, winners of the losers’ bracket, took on the Kings on Sunday morning after rain shortened the Saturday afternoon game. The Kings beat the Cannons on Sunday, 6-5.

In the afternoon finals game, Addison and the Kings again faced off. Addison was dominant throughout and won the Northern District Tournament with a 23-3 win over the Kings.

Addison faced Rutland, the Southern District winners, in the state tournament. The team advances to play in the Northeast Legion Regional tournament, held in Bristol, Conn., on Thursday.