BRATTLEBORO >> The Leland & Gray varsity baseball team received 29 votes to run away with Brattleboro Reformer Team of the Season honors.
Head coach Eric Durocher's club went 13-2 during the regular season to clinch the Marble Valley League title and also earn the top seed in the Division 3 Tournament. The Rebels then defeated Montpelier and Oxbow respectively in the first two rounds of the playoffs, before being upset by Windsor in a semifinal.
Designated hitter Walker Hamer and first baseman Nicolas Morrow each went 2 for 3 at the plate and also combined for three runs batted in to lead the Townshend team past the Solons 12-2 in a playdown game. And then center fielder Jeremy Bovat went 3 for 3 and drove in three runs as Leland & Gray scorched the Olympians 11-4 in a quarterfinal.
Freshman hurler Casper Rowe and sophomore shortstop Patrick McDonald were the standouts in the team's 3-1 loss to Windsor in a Final 4 contest. Rowe fanned five, walked three and scattered seven hits, while McDonald made a pair of highlight defensive plays and also hurdled the opposing catcher to somehow score.
"I'm so proud of these guys for taking what we had and winning 15 games. I'm pretty excited about the future," stated coach Durocher.
Leland & Gray Roster
Coaches — Eric Durocher, Mack Neal, Matt Rosenthal. Statistician — Gregg Morrow. Players — Owen Beattie, Jeremy Bovat, Max Cramp, Luc DuGrenier, Joel Emmons, Robert Hallock, Walker Hamer, Bryce Karg, Patrick McDonald, Patrick Meyer, Nicolas Morrow, Casper Rowe, Storm Rowe, Grayson VanHenrick.
Leland & Gray Results (15-3)
April 8: 14-1 loss to Bellows Falls
April 14: 22-9 over MSJ
April 27: 17-2 over Arlington
April 29: 10-4 loss to Proctor
May 5: 6-2 over Woodstock
May 7: 6-5 over Twin Valley
May 9: 4-1 over Poultney
May 11: 16-1 over Green Mountain
May 16: 8-3 over Long Trail
May 17: 7-1 over West Rutland
May 19: 4-3 over Poultney
May 23: 17-6 over MSJ
May 25: 11-7 over Woodstock
May 26: 5-2 over Twin Valley
May 27: 1-0 over Green Mountain
Playdown: 12-2 over Montpelier
Quarterfinal: 11-4 over Oxbow
Semifinal: 3-1 loss to Windsor (8 innings)