Brattleboro 11s fall to Williston, 5-1

BRATTLEBORO — Stephen Rickert threw five innings and struck out 12 batters on Sunday in the winners' bracket game of the 11-year-old Little League State Tournament and Williston topped host Brattleboro, 5-1.

Rickert mixed off-speed pitches with his fastball to keep the Brattleboro batters guessing. He also went 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI. Zachary LeCours had two hits and a run scored. Shortstop Russell Willoughby had a hit, scored a run, and played steady defense for this well-balanced team.

Brattleboro struggled to hit Rickert in this one, but they broke through in the fifth inning when Jackson Emery walked, Karson Elliot doubled and Will Hill hit an RBI single for the team's lone run. Hill (CF) also made the defensive play of the game as he ranged far to his left to spear a hard-hit liner. Alex McClelland, Willem Thurber, and Degan Gundry added singles.

Williston advanced to Saturday's championship game while Brattleboro will take on Barre on Friday night in a play-in game. Adam Croteau went 2-for-3 and Averill Parker (10 strikeouts) went the distance when Barre eliminated Essex, 6-4, in Sunday's other contest on the South Main Street field.

In the deciding fifth game of the 10-year-old District 2 series, Bennington edged Brattleboro 6-5 to advance to the state tournament which will be held in Shelburne.

John Satterfield, Harper Cutler and Keagan Systo all scored in the first inning for Brattleboro. Hayden Avard and Montez Venson also scored late. Brattleboro took advantage of walks and errors to score its five runs.

Bennington was led by Vance Kobelia, who went 2-for-3 and scored twice. Stephen Collette and Hunter Sherwin collected base hits.

Legion Baseball

BRATTLEBORO — White River Junction swept Sunday's doubleheader at Tenney Field, defeating Brattleboro 12-2 and then 4-1.

Jeremy Rounds and Leif Bigelow each drove in a run for Post 5 in Game 1. Ben Nelson-Betz went 3-for-3 to lead the hosts in Game 2.

Pitchers Hunter Perkins and Jacob Perkins each earned a victory.

Brattleboro (13-5 in league) and Bellows Falls (13-7) trail only White River Junction (16-3) and Rutland (17-5) in the Southern Vermont Legion Division. Colchester leads the North with a 15-3 league mark.


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