Last week we tracked the progress of all our area high school teams up to the quarterfinals round of the softball,. baseball and lacrosse post season tournaments. At the end of that action three of those teams remained alive, and were headed to the semifinals of their particular sport in a quest for a state championship. This week we tell you how each of these teams fared with their quests, so read on.
Of the three area teams that remained only the top seeded, division-II Mount Abraham Eagles completed the deal and brought home their third baseball state championship in the past five years, but it was far from easy.
In the semifinals, played June 8, the Eagles had little trouble with the visiting, sixteenth seeded Union-32 Raiders. Mount Abraham scored a combined 14 runs in the third and fourth innings to rout Union-32 16-1. Steve Patterson led the Eagles offensive barrage with two hits and three RBIs. He was helped by Sam Lieberman and Adam Pouliot, who added two hits and two RBIs each. Shawn Marcelle picked up the win by allowing just three hits and striking out seven in four innings of work. Two of those hits came off the bat of Paul Trollinger, to lead the Raider's meager offense. On the mound Torrie Weston took the loss for U-32, who complete their season at 6-11.
It looked like they would cruise to the D-II title this past Monday night too. Behind a 3-run first inning the Eagles headed into the seventh inning with a 4-1 lead over the third-seeded Burr and Burton Bulldogs, and Marcelle appeared to be pitching on cruise control. Heading into that seventh inning Marcelle had surrendered just three hits, so it looked like the Eagles were just three outs away from their school's sixth Division-II Baseball State Championship. But as we all know, looks can be deceiving.