Saxtons River Pirates sweep Militia
WILLISTON -- On Sunday, the Saxtons River Pirates defeated the Green Mountain Militia of Burlington twice -- 5-0 and 3-0 -- in Green Mountain Baseball League action.
Adam Kuhn (11 K’s, 1 BB, 4 hits) got the complete-game victory in the opener. Andrew Robbins paced the winners with three hits, while Isaac Bissell, Brian Bashaw and Marty Vallender followed with two each.
In the second contest of the day, Jeremy Gilcris (7 K’s, 1 BB, 4 hits) pitched six shutout innings for Saxtons River. Vallender picked up the save. Robbins had a couple of hits to lead the attack.
The Franklin County A’s swept Saturday’s doubleheader with the Saxtons River Pirates, in St. Albans, winning 9-3 and 5-3.
Bashaw had a pair of hits, including a double, to lead the Pirates in Game 1. Jesse Ballard pitched well in Game 2 for Saxtons River, which got two hits apiece from Vallender and Bashaw. Derrick Smidutz chipped in with a double.
The 5-13-1 Pirates will host the Walpole Maples on July 1, in the opener of the Joseph B. Meagher Tournament. Teams from Burlington, St. Albans and Norwich are also entered, but they won’t begin play until July 4 in Saxtons River.
Valley Youth Baseball League
CHESTER -- PA of Bellows Falls defeated the previously unbeaten Chester Reds, 4-1, in the Valley Youth Baseball League championship game on Thursday.
The score was tied at 1-1 after eight innings of play. Bellows Falls then put up three runs in the top of the ninth, with Aiden McDermid’s two-run double to left-center being the highlight, and held on.
In the season finale for the VYBL, which is for ages 9-10, the Bellows Falls pitching trio of Jack Cravinho, Jeb Monier and Colton Baldasaro allowed just one run in nine innings. The Reds got great work on the hill from Everett Mosher, Dylan McCarthy and Kagan Hance.
Bellows Falls drew first blood, as Cravinho doubled to deep left and later scored on a double steal. The Reds pulled even in the third, when McCarthy walked, stole second and went home on Hance’s single up the gut.
The defensive play of the game came in the seventh, when an overthrow on a steal attempt had Chester looking for the victory with Miles Caum racing around from second base. But an excellent relay from Bellows Falls right fielder Garrett Wheeler to second baseman Trenton Rumrill to catcher Jack Cravinho cut down the potential winning run at the plate.
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