Last week we gave a run down of all the local area high school lacrosse, baseball and softball teams. We let you know how they fared through the opening two rounds of the playoffs. Of all the teams that were still alive heading into the semifinals of their sport, only one managed to reach the state championship in their division and sport. The top seeded Mount Abraham Eagles reached the Division-II State Championship, and were scheduled to play the second seeded, and undefeated Lyndon Vikings. Unfortunately that game took place after this papers deadline. Read on to discover how the Eagles advanced to this game, along with how the other area teams came up short.
Mount Abraham Eagles jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held on to defeat the fourth seeded Milton Yellow Jackets 8-6 in semifinal action Monday, June 8th in Bristol. Shawn Marcelle did it all for the Eagles in this huge win. Offensively Marcelle belted a double, wrapped out a pair of singles and drove in two runs. He was helped out offensively by Kyle Kayhart who contributed a double, a single and three RBIs to the post season win.
Marcelle then came into the game with one out in the seventh and closed the door on Milton's rally. Trailing 8-3 going into their last at bat the Yellow Jackets had cut the lead to 8-6 and had the tying runs on base with just one out when Marcelle entered the game. He pitched to two hitters and struck them both out, game over. Ben Orvis picked up the win, giving up just one earned run and striking out 11 in six innings of work. The Eagles entered the D-II title game last Monday with an impressive 16-3 record.
Alex Learned had two hits and drove in a run while Corey Hurley matched his two hits for Milton who finish their season at 12-7. Alex Duchesneau was the losing pitcher.