2005 Vermont State Little League® Tournament Results
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2005

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Vermont State Tournament
Host - Essex Town (District 3)
At Foster Road Park

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions Shelburne
District 2 Champions Bennington
District 3 Champions Essex Junction
District 4 Champions Connecticut Valley North (Bradford)

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Essex Junction 2, Shelburne 0
Bennington 11, Connecticut Valley North 10

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Essex Junction 2, Bennington 1

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Shelburne 5, Connecticut Valley North 0 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Shelburne 12, Bennington 1 (5 innings; elim.)

Championship Series:
Shelburne 3, Essex Junction 2
Shelburne 6, Essex Junction 5 (TITLE)


Summary:

When Andy Kent retired all twelve batters he faced in an opening round pool game at the Vermont District 1 tournament, he gave his Shelburne Little League all-star team the perfect beginning in its quest for a Vermont state championship.

Shelburne's fifth inning rally in the state championship game provided the perfect ending.

Shelburne scored five times in the bottom of the fifth inning to overcome a 5-1 deficit and defeat Essex Junction Little League, 6-5, in the 'if' game of the Vermont state tournament at Essex Town Little League's Foster Road Park.

With the win, Shelburne completed a climb through the tournament's elimination bracket following an opening round loss. A journey that began with Kent's perfect game in a 12-0 district tournament victory over Colchester Little League culminated in Shelburne's first-ever Vermont state championship in the major baseball division.

"They got a spark and they said 'we can do this,'" said Shelburne manager Ed Kent of his team's journey through the tournament's bottom bracket. "They never gave up, and it is a real credit to them that they came back to win the championship."

Alex Farrell sparked Shelburne's decisive rally with a leadoff walk. Drew Nick and Robbie Dobrowski then singled to load the bases before special pinch runner Joe Boardman scored on Kent's grounder. Ian Solomon's single to center plated another run, and Emily Sackett's grounder to the second baseman scored a third.

Gavin Millay drove a pitch into the right field corner to score Solomon with the tying run, and Boardman put Shelburne in front when his soft line drive through the right side of the infield drove in the game's final run.

Essex Junction built a 5-0 lead on Justin Pinard's three-run homer in the third inning before Nick's solo shot in the bottom of the frame gave Shelburne its first run.

Drew, who relieved Sackett in the third inning, sealed the victory by stranding the tying and go-ahead runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

"We have had terrific pitching," said Ed Kent, who pointed to defense as a key to his team's success in the tournament. "A big reason for that is because our pitchers have complete confidence in the defense behind them. It has been a real team effort."

"Good pitching and defense wins games," agreed Essex Junction manager Tom Valley. "They made all the plays, and they deserve to be the state champs."

The win was Shelburne's second consecutive come-from-behind victory over Essex Junction. Kent helped force the deciding game by hurling a three-hitter and striking out twelve batters as Shelburne edged Essex Junction, 3-2, in the first championship series meeting. His two-run home run in the third inning reversed a 2-1 Essex Junction lead.

Essex Junction had taken a 2-1 lead on Ben Ferris' RBI double and Ted Andrews' run-scoring ground out in the first inning. Solomon's run-producing single to center in the top of the inning had opened the scoring.

Essex Junction pitcher Zac Poland scattered six hits and matched Kent's twelve strikeouts.

"Zac pitched a great game," said Valley. "We just came up a run short."

Poland had pitched a two-hit shutout and struck out nine batters in Essex Junction's 2-0 victory over Shelburne on the tournament's first day. Shelburne earned a rematch by eliminating Connecticut Valley North, 5-0, and cruising past Bennington 12-1 in five innings.

Shelburne led Bennington 4-1 through four innings before an eight-run fifth inning rally put the game away. Kent and Dobrowski each went 3-for-3 and scored a collective seven runs in the win. Russell Krebs had three singles for Bennington.

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