MANCHESTER, N.H. -- The Bennington County Babe Ruth 13-15 All-Stars did something the team has never done before -- win in a regional tournament. And they did it twice in two days.
Bennington started the New England regional on Saturday against Central Maine, and the hometown kids walked away with a 9-5 win. On Sunday, the team defeated host team Manchester, N.H. 6-3 to advance to the regional semifinal.
Down 2-0 in the top of the third, Bennington scored three runs to take the lead for good. With one out, Carter Bentley got the ball rolling by drawing a walk, stealing second and then touching home on a single by starting pitcher Noah Normyle (5IP, 6H, 3BB, 6K, 4ER). Austin Condo (2-3) followed up with a triple to the wall in center. Later in the inning, Mike Morgan (1-2) plated Condo by drawing a walk with the bases loaded.
In the fifth inning, Bennington exploded for five more runs to open the game off. Condo led off with a walk, then Cole Lamoureaux hit a single. After another walk for Morgan, his second of the day, Brenden Hay stepped in to pinch-hit for Ryan O’Neill and smacked a two-run double. Brian Grace (2-3) then plated Morgan on a single.The next two runs came on a failed suicide squeeze. With Josh Comalli pinch-running at third, Bentley attempted to lay down a bunt. But unable to make contact, and with Comalli and Grace both in montion, Comalli managed to avoid the tag at third then, after and errant throw, came home.
Central Maine pulled two more back in the fifth, chasing Normyle out of the game and bringing in O’Neill. In the sixth, Bennington scored its last run when Condo scored on a Morgan single. Maine got one more run in the sixth, but that was as close as they got. O’Neill pitched two innings in relief, striking out three and walking one on two hits and one earned run.
Condo finished with three runs scored for Bennington.
On Sunday, Austin Condo took the start and went the distance for Bennington. There were no more updates available at press time.
MAU finishes 7th in 1,000 Island Duals
CLAYTON, N.Y. -- The Mount Anthony Union High School wrestling team finished seventh at the prestigious Thousand Island Duals over the weekend.
The Patriots scored a top 8 finish for the second straight year.
After a bye to the second round, the Patriots beat General Brown, a Syracuse- area team, 36-25. Then they topped Cedar Cliff, Pa., 33-28 to reach the quarterfinal of the main Gold bracket.
In the quarters, they lost to eventual champions Buffalo Wrestling Club, then lost 31-29 to Bound Brook, N.J. to reach the 7th and 8th place match.
Against Team Tim Tyler, the match went back and forth until Perle Webb in the final match at 285 pounds, who won by decision to give MAU the victory.
Individually, Troy Gassaway, Dylan LaFountain, Tyler Mattison and Webb all went 4-1 in the tournament. At 182 pounds, Dakota King won two big matches by pin to help the Patriots to dual wins.
The middle school team finished 8th in its tournament as well.
"It’s an intense preseason tournament," said MAU coach Scott Legacy.
MAU equipment handout
BENNINGTON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School football team will be hosting an equipment handout and forms collection day on Sunday, Aug. 10.
Interested students are asked to meet at the back door of the gymnasium by the locker room at the following times: Juniors and seniors at 4 p.m. and freshmen and sophomores at 5 p.m.
There will be an informational parent meeting at 4:30 p.m. that day, as well.
Students are also asked to bring their physical participation forms at this time.
Vermont falls in Shrine Bowl
HANOVER, N.H. -- Make it 14 straight Shrine Maple Sugar Bowls for the state of New Hampshire.
Seniors from across the state rallied together to smash Vermont 42-6 in the 61st football game between the two states.
New Hampshire now leads the series 46-13-2, and New Hampshire has outscored Vermont 518-151 since the last time Vermont won in 2000.
Vermont’s lone touchdown was scored in the second quarter when Lyndon’s James Shufelt connected with Rutland’s Joe Couture for a 24-yard strike.
BENNINGTON -- The annual Lee Goldsmith Memorial Soccer Tournament will take place on August 9 this year at Willow Park in Bennington.
The tournament, which honors the former MAU athlete who died tragically in 2009 after his fight with cancer, will start at 11 a.m.
Teams must be made up of high school students (as of September 2014), and must have at least five males on the team. Co-ed teams are allowed, but the team must be made up predominantly of males.
The tournament will feature 7-on-7 soccer, with six outfield players and a goalie. The games will be 25 minutes long, and there will be large goals and no offside rule.
The cost will be $70 per team, and the winning team will receive championship shirts. To register, call or text MAU boys soccer coach Mike Molloy at 802-375-4006. Teams will pay to play on the day of the tournament. Teams must be registered prior to the morning of the 9th. Check in will run from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
BENNINGTON -- Sign-ups for MAYAA football are currently underway at Tomasi’s Sports.
There will be three more sit down sign-up dates on Aug. 4 and Aug. 8 at the Ross Pavilion at Willow Park from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
MAYAA football signups are currently being held at Tomasi’s sports. There will be 3 additional sit down sign up dates on July 30 Aug 4 and Aug 8 at the Ross Pavilion at Willow Park from 6- 7:30 p.m.
For the Flag division you must be age 6 by Sept. 1. The Tackle division is age 8 and must have played 1 year of flag. The cost is $20 for the flag division and $50 for the tackle division.
Any questions, call Frank Gaudette at 379-4118.
ARLINGTON -- Arlington Memorial High School is looking for coaches for the fall season. Positions open include a middle school cross-country coach, a varsity cross-country coach and a middle school girls soccer coach.
The positions are open until they are filled and candidates are asked to respond as soon as possible.
For more information, call Athletic Director Tim Stewart at 802-733-7495. To send in a resume, e-mail Stewart at email@example.com or to the school at 529 E. Arlington Road, Arlington, VT, 05250.
MANCHESTER -- The 2014 Southern Vermont Sprint Triathlon will be held on August 24 starting at 8 a.m. The SVST begins at Hunter Park (Riley Rink) with an 8-mile bike ride to Emerald Lake, a quarter-mile swim (out and back, close to the island), another 8-mile bike back to Hunter Park and a 3.4-mile run that finishes through the path from the Rec Park to Hunter Park.
"The SVST is an event designed to introduce people to triathlons," said Stephen Murphy, the race director. "The reach is mostly local from Middlebury to Williamstown (Mass.) and Greenwich (N.Y.) to Brattleboro. However, there are some people coming from out of the area as well. While triathlons have grown in popularity, it is unique to have one so close to home and at an affordable price. Most tris cost $75 or more."
To encourage more people to experience a triathlon, SVST is offering a 20 percent discount to students and teachers (please contact Hunter Park 802-362-0150 or firstname.lastname@example.org to verify eligibility for the discount).
The proceeds from the event go to support Hunter Park to develop as a more diverse facility that will offer more to the community both in terms of healthy, fun activities and as a draw for people to make Manchester and the area a travel destination.
For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Stephen Murphy or Vanessa Beattie at 802-362-0150 or email smurphy
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