Wednesday February 08, 2012
SB LITTLE LEAGUERS ARE BRISTOL BOUND: The 2012 South Burlington 11/12 Little League All Star team completed its undefeated march through Vermont with a convincing 10-1 win over Brattleboro last Tuesday in the Vermont Championship game in Brattleboro. The win marks South Burlington Little League’s first 11/12 State Champions since 2003. The SB squad advances to the New England regional tournament in Bristol, CT. They begin play on August 2nd vs. New Hampshire.
Beginning the State Tournament with a matchup against the defending champions from Barre, it looked like a tough road for the SB team. The bats came out on fire however, the pitching and defense were solid as usual, and it was an easy 22-0 win in four innings. Next up was the host team from Brattleboro and their ace pitcher. SB got to him early, with a 2 run first inning, but after 3 innings, the SB Little Leaguers found themselves behind 4-2. The teams scratched for a run in the fourth, before Eamon Sheridan’s 2 out solo homer tied it in the fifth. In the 6th, Sammy Premsagar scored from third with some heads-up baserunning on a 2 out dropped third strike, giving SB the lead. Michael Flaherty slammed the door with some cool relief pitching in the bottom half of the 6th, and SB was a win from the title.
Brattleboro knocked off Essex Town on Monday to earn a spot in the final game, and a rematch of Sunday’s thriller. This time, it was never in doubt as SB cruised to a 10-1 win. Andrew Cunningham, the 2nd batter of the game, belted a 2 run homer to left center. Premsagar followed that with a 2 run shot of his own, and it was quickly 4-0. Ben Tate later followed with a tremendous 2 run blast to left. Cunningham had three hits, Max Plunkett had two doubles, and Sheridan, who pitched 5 innings while allowing just one hit and striking out 7, also had two hits.
With 11 wins and no losses in Vermont, the SB team is working hard to prepare for the much tougher competition it will face in Bristol. Following their opener vs. New Hampshire on Friday, they take on Connecticut on Saturday at 8 p.m., Massachusetts on Sunday at 5, and Rhode Island on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in a game that will be televised live on NESN.
SOURCE: SB All-Stars