Brattleboro 5 Mad River 4
WAITSFIELD -- The Brattleboro Little League 11-year-old All Stars fought off the weather and Mad River Little League to secure a spot in the winner-take-all State Championship game on Thursday.
Gregory Fitzgerald's double with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning scored Shea Buckley for the walk-off win.
Sloppy field conditions and sloppy play in general allowed Mad River to take a 4-0 lead before Brattleboro battled back.
Nick Bingham pitched an outstanding game for Brattleboro allowing no earned runs and coming within one out of pitching a complete game despite 5 errors behind him. Ryan Gerard came on in relief and retired the side on 1 pitch, then sat back and watched his teammates earn him the win.
Rachael Rooney opened the decisive bottom of the six with a hard single up the middle and Alex Kendall moved her to second with a single to right. Two ground-outs to third set up Fitzgerald's heroics. With runners at first and second Fitzgerald launched one over the centerfielder's head for his third double of the day and send Brattleboro to the Championship game. Henry Thurber also had a couple of knocks for the mid-agers.
Brattleboro 6 Colchester 1
On Tuesday evening, the Brattleboro Little League 11-year-old All Stars used a familiar recipe to defeat Colchester.
Strong starting pitching, clutch hitting, great defense and shut-down relief pitching sent the mid-agers on to the victory.
Henry Thurber's two-out base hit scored the first run in the third inning and after a dropped third strike by Colchester allow a second run to score, Bingham brought in the third run of the inning with a perfect bunt base hit. Another two-out RBI hit by Thurber made it 4-0 in the fourth inning and a Liam Styles two-out double concluded the Brattleboro scoring in the sixth.
A Jacob Ring double scored Fletcher Sordiff for Colchester's only run.
Bingham led the Brattleboro offence with 3 hits. Thurber chipped in with 2 hits and Nico Hessel, Liam Styles and Rachael Rooney also had hits. Greg Fitzgerald continued to play Hoover defense at shortstop.
Brattleboro 5 Essex Junction 0
A sterling pitching performance by Alex Kendall propelled Brattleboro to a 5-0 victory eliminating Essex Junction on Sunday. Kendall tossed a nifty one-hitter getting into the sixth inning before he ran out of pitches. Nick Bingham threw an efficient Koji-like sixth for the save. Brattleboro's leadoff hitter, Shea Buckley, had a big game going 4 for 4 with a double and two runs scored while Nico Hessel and Spencer Lawrence each had a pair of knocks. Greg Fitzgerald had a hit and two RBIs while playing outstanding defense at shortstop and Rachael Rooney turned a double play at second. Kameron Cyr's 4th inning line drive up the middle was the only Essex Junction hit.
Colchester 9 Brattleboro 8
In an exciting back and forth game on Saturday, Colchester defeated Brattleboro, 9-8. Colchester jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead before Brattleboro clawed back to take a 7-4 lead after 4 1/2 innings. Henry Thurber, Nico Hessel and Gavin Seppala had clutch RBI base hits in the five run fifth inning. Colchester came back with 5 runs in the bottom of the 5th to take a 9-7 lead on big base hits by Matthew Zuk and Dylan Fullerton. In the sixth, Alex Kendall's two out base hit pulled Brattleboro within one with the tying run on third before the final out was recorded.
Greg Fitzgerald, Thurber and Hessel each had two hits to lead Brattleboro. Brenden Fath and Zuk led Colchester with 2 hits apiece.