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Mountaineers sweep series to claim NECBL Championship

Legion finals set
It will be the OEC Kings and the Knights of Columbus-South Burlington in this years 2007 Vermont State Legion Championship. Both squads will also compete in the Northern Regionals starting on Aug. 16 at Centennial Field in Burlington.

South Burlington advanced with a 12 - 2 thumping of the second seeded Rutland team last Sunday. Casey Harman and Josh Danis led the offensive charge by playing long ball with the Rutland hurlers. Danis belted a grand slam while Harman blasted two homeruns, driving in four for the victors. Brandon Faye picked up the win by going five innings, allowing two runs on three hits while recording two strikeouts. He was relieved by Dylan McLean who struck out two in two innings of scoreless relief.

The OEC Kings scored four times in the first inning of the Northern District Finals to defeat SD Ireland 6 - 2. SD Ireland, who had defeated the Kings twice during the regular season, threatened all game long, but couldnt get the big hit, evident by the twelve men they left on base. Their biggest threat came in their final at bat when they loaded the bases with just one out. But, like all game long, they couldnt capitalize. Cody Searles hit a ground ball to OEC second baseman Matt Lane who stepped on second and fired to first for a game-ending double play. Lane was named the Tournament MVP.

Vermont falls in Shrine classic
With a little more than three minutes left to play in the fifty-fourth Annul Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, and the score deadlocked 20 - 20, the Vermont stars were in a solid position to win. But faced with a fourth-and-one from New Hampshires fifteen yard line Vermont elected to go for the first down, instead of kicking the go ahead field goal. Unfortunately for Vermont running back David Velazquez (Brattleboro) was stopped cold for no gain and the Green Mountain State had to relinquish the football. That was disappointment number one.

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