Last week we traced a whole bunch of Rutland County high schools teams progress through the playoffs in baseball, softball and lacrosse. All of them on a quest for a state title, and some teams were still alive headed into the semifinals round this past week. This sports column this week is focused on these teams, and how they ultimately fared in their quest for a state championship.
Bulldogs Take Big Bite Out Of Minutemen
The division-II baseball semifinal game played on Tuesday, June 8th in North Clarendon, should have been a good one. After all it featured the third seeded Burr and Burton Bulldogs squaring off against the second seeded Mill River Minutemen. But that's the thing with baseball, you just never know what will happen. This game, despite their close seeds, belonged entirely to the visiting Bulldogs.
Burr and Burton collected 18 runs on 15 hits to rout the slightly favored Minutemen 18-1. Alex Richardson led the Bulldogs offensive onslaught with four hits, including a homerun. Mike Marino also homered for the Bulldogs, who went onto the state championship with a 12-7 record.
Burr and Burton pitcher Jake Oliver took care of the defensive side of the equation. Oliver fired a one-hitter at Mill River to pick up the complete game win. Josh Bankert collected the Minutemen's lone hit, a single in the fifth inning. Mill River falls short of their grab for a d-II state championship, and end the year at 13-7.
Blue Devils Blow 7 Run Lead, Championship
In softball Rutland County had teams make the final four in division-I, division-II and division-IV but none managed to reach the promised land.
Of the three teams that remained alive the Poultney Blue Devils, in division-IV, came the closest to winning a state championship. In the semifinals, played on Tuesday, June 8th in South Royalton, Emma Lamberton tossed a two-hitter and knocked in the winning run in the top of the seventh inning with a sacrifice fly, to lead the sixth seeded Blue Devils past the second seeded Royals 4-3. It as Poultney's second straight upset and earned them a spot in last Friday's division-IV State Championship.