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Vermont Runs All Over the Diamond

  • Vermont's Owen Tarleton, from Woodstock Union High School tags out New Hampshire's Ian St.Cyr from Inter-Lakes High School during the 2018 Twin State Baseball Classic in Hartford, Vt., on June 23, 2018. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Playing for New Hampshire during the 2018 Twin State Baseball Classic Drew Grenier of Stevens High School throws to first base on June 23, Hartford, Vt.(Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Vermont pitcher Tyler Hamilton from Hartford High School looks back to first base during the Twin State Baseball Classic in Hartford, Vt., on June 23, 2018. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.



Valley News Staff Writer
Saturday, June 23, 2018

White River Junction — It was all Vermont at the Twin State Baseball Classic.

Vermont’s all-stars emerged victorious in a doubleheader sweep, 8-1 and 10-3, over New Hampshire’s Division III and D-IV stars in its inaugural appearance at the Maxfield Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon, taking both games of the showcase for the first time since the event came back from an 11-year hiatus in 2015.

Vermont strung together a whopping 29 hits in the two seven-inning games. Bishop Brady’s Max Lamora and Brattleboro’s Leif Bigelow were named the day’s most valuable players.

“We had some very solid pitching,” said Oxbow head coach Shawn French, who, along with Woodstock coach Jason Tarleton, served as an assistant coach for Vermont. “The second game, we had that one big inning where we put up a bunch of runs. The kids kind of settled into it.”

Vermont piled on the hits and runs in game one, the first contest since the Twin State Classic’s revival to be decided by more than one run.

Hartford’s Tyler Hamilton started things off with an RBI single in the top of the second inning, scoring Burr & Burton’s Jay McCoy from second base. Lamoille’s Nate Selby followed up later in the inning with a two-RBI double that scored Hamilton and Windsor’s Seth Balch, giving Vermont a 3-0 lead.

New Hampshire answered in the bottom of the inning with its lone run of the game, a run-scoring ground out by Stevens High’s Brandon Bean that drove in Bishop Brady’s Max Lamora from third base.

Vermont piled on with four runs on four hits and an error in the fourth inning. Derryfield pitcher Charlie Lynch hit a batter and gave up three singles and three runs before he was pulled. Selby, Harwood’s Jake O’Brien, South Burlington’s Sammy Premsagar and Lamoille’s Nick Fitzgerald all scored to give Vermont a 7-1 lead. O’Brien’s RBI single in the fifth inning added an insurance run.

Fitzgerald, Premsagar, Bigelow, Woodstock’s Owen Tarleton, Lyndon’s Brandon Brunell and CVU’s Liam Reiner all pitched for Vermont in the opener, allowing a combined one hit, four walks in seven innings. They also struck out nine in the victory.

“It was cool,” said Owen Tarleton, who is headed to Fisher (Mass.) College to play baseball next year. “I had (played with kids from around Vermont) before, especially in summer ball. … It was fun.

“That was awesome,” he added. “The team came together pretty well.”

New Hampshire initially took a 3-1 lead in the nightcap, breaking a tie with two runs in the third inning. Lamora hit a leadoff double, later scoring on a sacrifice fly by Monadnock’s Dan Heise. Lynch added to it by scoring on a passed ball from third base.

But Vermont exploded in the fifth inning, scoring five runs on seven hits. Premsagar started a run of four straight hits with no outs. St. Johnsbury’s Jasper Rankin, Brattleboro’s Dan Petrie and O’Brien continued the rally. Bigelow gave Vermont the lead with a two-RBI triple into deep right field.

Hamilton later hit a two-run triple of his own off of New Hampshire relief pitcher Derek Walker, from Littleton. Vermont led, 6-3, after five innings, and added four more runs in the sixth to complete the sweep.

“We have some very talented kids (in Vermont),” French said. “The Fitzgerald kid is very strong. They’re just solid players all the way through. … It was good. These are guys I never get to see. It was nice to see them and see what they can do.

“The kids did a great job tonight, they really did.”

Notes: Upper Valley Nighthawks general manager Noah Crane, head coach Jason Szafarski and assistant coaches Tom Hudon and Mat Pause took in the opener. Nighthawks pitcher and Hartford graduate Jordy Allard caught the second-game action. Hudon, an assistant at Merrimack College, took particular interest in Enosburg Falls’ Braydon Howrigan, who committed to join Merrimack’s pitching staff next year. … Officials from both the Vermont Baseball Coaches Association and the New Hampshire Baseball Coaches Association were pleased with the Maxfield venue. Initial plans were made to have next year’s Classic in the same location every third weekend in June, as long as the Hartford Recreation Department and the Upper Valley Nighthawks allow it.

Josh Weinreb can be reached at jweinreb@vnews.com or 603-727-3306.