LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
DALTON, Mass. -- The Southern Vermont Bat Brats saw its U12 team win its first tournament over the weekend, winning down in Dalton, Mass.
The Bat Brats defeated the Berkshire Force 5-4 in the finals, going 4-1 on the weekend.
For the U14 team, the weekend in Dalton ended just short this weekend, as the team fell to Mt. Everett 7-5 in the semifinals and had to settle for a third-place finish. The Bat Brats still went 4-1 on the weekend and improved the season record to 18-3.
Taylor Dicranian once again did all of the pitching, while Jamie Boyle called for her in all 25 innings. The duo combined for 21 shutout innings and 26 strikeouts.
At the plate, Ashlee Billert went 6-11 on the weekend and Kaity O’Brien went 6-13. Kennedy O’Dell had a double and a home run, as well, during the tournament.
Bennington 11/12 baseball
LYNDON -- The Bennington County Babe Ruth 11/12-year-old all-star team is in the state title game after playing three games in three days, culminating in a 18-15 win over Lydon on Monday night.
On Saturday, the team beat Lyndon 6-1 behind a solid performance from Caleb Hay, who struck out seven batters in a complete-game win. Behind him, Tanner King and Keegan Coon had some nice defensive plays to keep the Lyndon scoring limited.
At the plate, Thomas McCarthy provided a bulk of the runs when he hit a grand slam in the third inning. McCarthy also added an RBI single later in the game, as did Ian Benner.
But on Sunday, the 11/12s ran into a buzzsaw with Williston, falling 11-1 in four innings. The lone run on Sunday was scored by Benner on a single, plating Coon.
Monday’s game was a barnburner, as Bennington jumped out to an early 3-0 lead only to see Lyndon continue to peg back. With Bennington up 11-10 in the sixth inning, though, a 7-run outburst helped give Bennington the advantage.
Quentin McIntire pitched 5 1/3 innings for Bennington in the win, and also went 2-2 at the dish with two walks.
Andrew Morrison caught the game, and at the plate he went 2-2 with two RBI hits coming with two outs. Cole Bushee has the power bat, smacking a two-run homer for Bennington.
The team returns to action today in Burlington, playing Williston for the state title. Bennington, in the loser’s bracket after the Sunday loss to Williston, will have to win two games to take the crown. Williston has to win just one game.
Bennington 9/10 baseball
LYNDON -- The Bennington 9/10-year-old Little League team also punched its ticket to the state finals, winning two of its three games over the last three days. Monday’s win, an 11-9 victory over Shelburne, punched the ticket officially.
Saturday’s game was a 14-5 win over Lyndon, in which Bennington had 16 hits and seven runs in the third inning. In the inning, Austin Grogan had a triple to start the barrage, Kaiden Davis followed with a double then Ben Ranzona hit another triple. After that, Hayden Rabideau hit a single, Dylan Coyne hit a double and then Tristen Levick hit a single.
On the mound, Grogan took the start and threw 35 pitches over three innings. Brodie Krawczyk, Billy Rogers, Davis and Coyne all threw in relief. In total, Bennington gave up just five hits.
Sunday’s game was a pitcher’s duel against Essex in which Bennington fell 1-0. Krawczyk, Coyne and Davis pitched, keepin ghte other team to only four hits. The game ended with a walk-off double by Essex in the bottom of the sixth.
Details from Monday’s game were not available as of press time. Information on the win will be posted to www.benningtonbanner.com/sports when available.