Newton named to Twin State team

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BRATTLEBORO — Eighteen of the top senior baseball players from the Green Mountain State have been selected to represent Vermont against New Hampshire in the 2019 Twin State Baseball Classic on Saturday in White River Junction. The Vermont Baseball Coaches Association recently announced its roster.

The 2019 Vermont team consists of: Colby Brouillette (C), BFA St. Albans; Zach Paul, (IF/OF), Black River; Adam Newton (IF/RHP), Brattleboro; Daniel Hatheway (IF) and Chandler Pouk (IF), Burr and Burton; Ian Parent (1B/LHP), Aiden Johnson (IF) and Tyler Skaflestad (IF), Champlain Valley; Robby Meslin (OF) and Tyler Millette (C), Essex; Aaron Szabo (OF), Fair Haven; Wyatt Cameron (IF/RHP), Middlebury; Becket Hill (IF/RHP), Mount Mansfield; Josh Beayon (1B/LHP), Otter Valley; Cody Grant (OF/RHP), Oxbow; Matt Guyette (IF/RHP) and Griffin McDermott (IF/RHP), Rice Memorial; and Justin Aker (OF), Rutland.

The Vermont coaches are Nick DeCaro (Danville), Shawn French (Oxbow), Edward Lewicki (Burr and Burton) and Roy Sargent (Missisquoi Valley).

Newton has been clutch on the big stage for the Colonels. The BUHS senior went 4 for 4, drove in four runs, and fired a one-hitter during a playoff victory over Rutland. He then had a team-high two hits versus top-seeded Champlain Valley Union in a quarterfinal.

The Green Mountain State's squad is made up of student-athletes from 13 different high schools from all corners of the state and represents all four of the state's divisions. The New Hampshire roster will be finalized and announced later.

For the second straight year, the classic takes place at the Maxfield Complex in White River Junction with pre-game festivities starting at 9:30 a.m., followed by the first pitch of Game 1 of a pair of seven-inning contests. Admission is free.

Originally held from 1983 to 2004, the Twin State Baseball Classic returned to the diamond in June of 2015. Vermont won a pair last season, 8-1 and 10-3, the first sweep since its resumption, after the two teams split six one-run games in the three previous years.

For more information on the VBCA, log on to www.vermontbaseball.org.

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