BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro 12-year-old Little League All Stars stormed out to an early lead on Saturday and defeated Connecticut River Valley North 22-4 in their state tournament opener.
Jack Pattison had a five RBI game, including a two-run home run, to lead the winners. Caden Wood continued his torrid postseason with one of the longest home runs of the 2016 season hit at the Brattleboro Little League field. Huxley Holcombe had two hits and four RBI.
Zinabu McNeice threw four innings for the victors while allowing only two hits. At the plate, he had two hits and two RBI. Aaron Petrie also contributed two hits and an RBI.
Connecticut River Valley North got a home run from John Dennis and a single from Brendan Walker.
In the other first-round game of the Vermont State Championship, Essex Junction prevailed over Colchester 6-4. Colchester had an early 4-0 lead powered by home runs from Ben Knapp and Garrett Cardin. Essex Junction began to chip away at the lead in the third inning with runs scored by Eli Bostwick, Andrew Goodrich and Jon Smith. In the fourth, Goodrich led the way for the victors with a three-run homer to give Essex Junction the lead for good. Essex Junction starter Gabe White got the win and Goodrich got a save while pitching a scoreless sixth inning.
The Brattleboro 11-year-old All Stars fell to Barre, 14-3, in a state tournament game in Burlington on Sunday. Brock Longe, Jett Emery and Waylund Walsh did the scoring for Brattleboro, which got an RBI single from Alex Palomba. Brattleboro will face Saint Albans on Tuesday night at 6.
Brattleboro's 15-year-old Babe Ruth All Stars lost to Connecticut 7-3 in Game 1 of the Regional Tournament in Lynn, Mass. and then downed New Hampshire 16-5 on Saturday.
In the opening round of the American Legion Tournament in Castleton, Brattleboro defeated Essex 6-2 and Bellows Falls lost to Rutland 9-3.