Thursday November 01, 2012
The South Burlington Little League 11-12 All-Stars completed an impressive run through the District I Tournament culminating with a dominating 11–1, four-inning win over Shelburne on Friday at Schifilliti Park in Burlington.
With contributions from all 13 players on the roster, the SB squad was in control throughout the game, capping off the victory with some heads up base running by Ethan Klesch, who scored from 2nd base on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fourth to seal the mercy-rule win. Eamon Sheridan picked up his third win on the mound, pitching all 4 innings, giving up just 3 hits while striking out 8. Chance O’Connor, Noah Barton, Ben Tate and Andrew Cunningham led a 12-hit offensive assault with 2 hits apiece, as the SB batters pounded line drives all over the field.
South Burlington reached the District Championship game with victories over Colchester (7-1) and Shelburne (7-2) in the tournament, after storming through pool play with a 5–0 record.
Led by the efforts of Sheridan, Klesch, Cunningham, and Tate, the SB pitching staff surrendered just 11 runs in 8 games, while striking out 76 batters in 42 innings. The talented pitchers have been backed by stellar defense. With just 9 errors in the tournament, the sparkling glove work was highlighted by turning both a triple play and a double play in a win over Colchester. Catchers Ryan Hockenbury and Nate Gaboriault have been nearly flawless, and the middle infield combo of Cunningham at short and Max Plunkett at 2nd have sent opposing batters back to the dugout in frustration. Adam Sobczak’s speed in center field, Michael Flaherty’s gold glove and strong arm at 3rd, and Sammy Premsagar’s soft hands at 1st base have also contributed to the SB squad’s stingy defense.
Throughout the tournament, the SB bats have complimented the pitching and defense. Nick Liscinsky’s .500 batting average and 2 home runs, the big bat of Sheridan and his team-leading 13 RBIs, the consistent hitting of Gaboriault, Premsagar and Hockenbury, and the spark of Plunkett in the leadoff spot give the SB squad a formidable lineup that is averaging nearly 9 runs per game and boasts an incredible team batting average of .424. Adding to the big bats is the blazing speed of Barton, Sobczak, Cunningham, Liscinsky and Gaboriault, who leads the team with 13 hits.
South Burlington now advances to the State Tournament beginning on July 21st. The All-Stars are managed by Ed Hockenbury who is assisted by coaches David Cunningham and Tom Plunkett.
SOURCE: Ed Hockenbury, SB All-Stars