Tuesday July 23, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Dan Petrie had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and also drove in four runs to lead Brattleboro to a 10-0 victory over Green Mountain in Monday’s 13-year-old Babe Ruth All-Star baseball championship game on Tenney Field.

Pitchers Ian Fulton-Black and Tanner Bell combined for the shutout in a game that was stopped after five innings due to the mercy rule. Shortstop Leif Bigelow and Petrie (catcher) were the team’s defensive standouts, while Tyler Germain finished with two hits and three runs scored.

"We outscored our four opponents 43-4 in this tournament," said Brattleboro coach Todd Bell. "I’m proud of them. These boys have worked hard."

Brattleboro began the double-elimination tournament with a 15-1 rout of Lakes Region, behind Fulton-Black’s three RBIs. That was followed by a 2-0 decision over Franklin County and a 16-3 victory over Green Mountain, before Monday’s title tilt.

"We played four games and didn’t make a single error. These are 13-year-olds...that’s impressive. Our pitching was fantastic. Offensively, we were patient," added coach Bell.

Matt Cutter, Ben Nelson-Betz, Fulton-Black, Bigelow and Bell all pitched very well for the Vermont champions. Walks were a rarity according to their skipper.

"It’s been great to see the progression of these kids over the past few years. They played mistake free.


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We expected a lot from them and they came through," said Brattleboro coach Andrew Cavanagh.

Brattleboro will face Connecticut in the first round of the New England Tournament on Saturday at Manchester, New Hampshire’s Gill Stadium.

Brattleboro roster: Coaches -- Todd Bell, Isaac Earle, Andrew Cavanagh. Players -- Tanner Bell, Tyler Germain, Ian Fulton-Black, Kam Pelky, Bridger Grout, Tony Martinez, Ben Nelson-Betz, Dan Petrie, Korie Cliche, Matt Cutter, Jack Trudeau, Leif Bigelow.

Youth Track

ST. JOHNSBURY -- A small group of Brattleboro area youth made a strong showing Saturday in the Vermont Parks and Recreation Track & Field meet at St. Johnsbury Academy along with 19 other teams. Participants included John Lonardo, James Dougan, Isabella Lonardo, Caitlin Lonardo, Margaret Lonardo and Delaney Bullock.

John Lonardo won the discus with a distance of 103 and also broke the state record for 13-15-year-olds with a throw of 40-6.5 in the shot put.

Bullock won both the 1600m (6:10.83) and the 400m (1:06.89), and placed second in the long jump (13-8).

Margaret Lonardo finished fourth in the 100m dash (15.38). Dougan, in his first ever entry in shot put, had a throw of 15-9. Isabella Lonardo ran the 400m in 1:30.12. Caitlin Lonardo ran the 100m in 19.53.

The Brattleboro Rec team, including Olivia and Willow Romo and Kelsey Kissell, also competed in the Hershey meet in Essex on July 6.

John Lonardo won the softball throw at 198-8, which was 15 feet farther than last year’s throw which earned him a trip to the 2012 North American finals in Hershey, Pa. Bullock won the 1600m, placed second in standing long jump, and took third in the 800m.

Olivia Romo placed seventh in the 800m and Willow Romo third in the 200m. Kelsey Kissell finished fifth in the long jump.

The Brattleboro Recreation Dept. offers this track and field program every summer for 7-14-year-olds. Call the Rec at 802-254-5808 if you would like to join or for more information.

Shrine Bowl

HANOVER, N.H. -- This week, 72 of the finest high school football players from New Hampshire and Vermont will begin practice for the 60th annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, including Tyler Higley (Brattleboro), Zachary Tarvit (Bellows Falls) and Zachary Rawling (Bellows Falls). The summer classic will be played on Saturday, Aug. 3 on Dartmouth College’s Memorial Field.

Starting Saturday, double sessions will be the order of the day for both teams and head coaches Ray Kershaw of Mascoma Valley and Jason Thomas of Burr & Burton Academy have stressed the importance to their players of reporting in good physical condition. The two teams will be headquartered at Castleton State College for seven days.

On Sunday, the two teams will travel to Springfield, Mass. to visit the Shrine Hospital for Children. The two teams will leave Castleton on Friday and hold final workouts on Memorial Field Friday afternoon and on Friday evening take part in an awards dinner on their behalf at the Fireside Inn and Suites in West Lebanon.

The Bowl Game is sponsored by the three Shrine Centers in New Hampshire and Vermont, Bektash of Concord, N.H.; Mt. Sinai of Montpelier; and Cairo of Rutland.

General Admission tickets for the Bowl Game are on sale at over 80 outlets throughout New Hampshire and Vermont for $8. On Game Day, tickets will be priced at $10. Reserved seats at $20 are available through the Shrine Football Office, P.O. Box 820, Lebanon, N.H. 03766 or by calling 603-448-1042.