2009 Vermont State Little League® Tournament Results
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Vermont State Tournament
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Vermont State Tournament
Host - Milton (District 3)

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions Colchester
District 2 Champions Brattleboro
District 3 Champions Essex Town
District 4 Champions Lyndon Area Baseball (Lyndonville)

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Brattleboro 12, Colchester 2 (4 innings)
Essex Town 10, Lyndon Area Baseball 1

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Essex Town 15, Brattleboro 12

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Colchester 18, Lyndon Area Baseball 1 (5 innings; elim.)

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Brattleboro 10, Colchester 4 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Brattleboro 9, Essex Town 8
Brattleboro 13, Essex Town 3 (4 innings; TITLE)


No league has won as many Vermont state championships in the major baseball division than Brattleboro Little League.

And no league had to work harder than Brattleboro to add to its extensive pennant collection.

Brattleboro emerged from the bottom bracket following an earlier loss in the state tournament, and won three consecutive elimination games at Milton Little League's Bombardier Field. The last of these wins -- a 13-3, mercy rule-shortened victory over Essex Town Little League -- gave the Southern Vermont league twelve wins in fourteen games against Vermont competition, and clinched the league's sixteenth state championship. No other Vermont league has won more than five major baseball state crowns.

"I'm happy. I'm excited. I'm obviously proud of the team," said Brattleboro manager Paul McAuliffe. "We are hoping to get some wins in the regional now."

Brattleboro and Essex Town split two close games in their initial matchups, and were deadlocked 3-3 when Brattleboro came to the plate in the bottom of the third inning. The District 2 champions edged in front, then Peter-Owen Hayward drilled a two-out grand slam over the center field fence to break the game open. The next inning, Brattleboro capitalized on three Essex Town errors to add five runs and invoke the ten-run rule.

"There were a couple of executions on our part that we didn't make," said Essex Town manager Jeff Greene. "And they really took advantage of it. They definitely hit the heck out of the ball."

Chris Lasch and pitcher Kassidi Ramirez each had two hits for Brattleboro, as did Hayward, who delivered a two-run single earlier in the game. Chris McAuliffe and Ryan McAuliffe each walked three times. Joey Robertson belted his third home run of the tournament for Essex Town, while Cody Greene added three singles.

Brattleboro had forced the tournament to a deciding game by holding off a late Essex Town charge in a 9-8 victory in the first championship series meeting. Chris McAuliffe homered twice and drove in five runs to help stake Brattleboro to a 9-3 lead through four innings, before Essex Town raced back with two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth. The District 3 champions left the bases loaded in the fifth and stranded the tying and go-ahead runs in the sixth.

"I can't say enough about how we played," said Paul McAuliffe. "We came out and got those six runs off their number one pitcher, and the guy is tough. Then we held on."

Brattleboro escaped the fifth inning threat when third baseman Brennan Zolneski ranged quickly to stab up a sharply hit grounder before stepping on third for an inning-ending force out. In the sixth, Lasch recorded a game-ending strikeout to strand the tying run at third base.

"We were one hit away from tying it up," said Jeff Greene. "The kids could have put their tails between their legs, but they kept fighting."

Essex Town had dropped Brattleboro into the bottom bracket by winning the teams' first meeting, 15-12. Essex Town scored eight runs in the third inning and five more in the fifth to overcome an early 6-1 deficit. Ben Wells homered twice for the winners, while Robertson added a two-run shot. Hayward belted a grand slam and homered a second time for Brattleboro.

The next day, Ramirez helped to start Brattleboro's climb to the championship, throwing a complete game in a 10-4 victory over Colchester Little League. Chris McAuliffe drilled a first-inning home run and collected three hits for Brattleboro, while Cam Wright added a three-run shot in the third among his three hits. Hayward, Lasch, and Ramirez each added two hits.

Following the state tournament win, Brattleboro split its four pool games at the New England Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut. Brattleboro defeated state champions from Connecticut and Maine, and advanced to the semifinal round before falling to eventual regional runner-up Lincoln (Rhode Island) Little League.

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