2012 Vermont State Little League® Tournament Results
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Vermont State Tournament
Host - Brattleboro (District 2)

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions South Burlington
District 2 Champions Brattleboro
District 3 Champions Essex Town
District 4 Champions Barre Community

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
South Burlington 23, Barre Community 0 (4 innings)
Brattleboro 9, Essex Town 5

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
Essex Town 11, Barre Community 3 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
South Burlington 5, Brattleboro 4

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Brattleboro 7, Essex Town 5 (elim.)

Championship Game:
South Burlington 10, Brattleboro 1 (TITLE)


Brattleboro Little League came into the 2012 Vermont state tournament hoping to win a state championship on its home field.

South Burlington Little League had other ideas.

South Burlington swept to three victories in the four-team tournament, including a 10-1 championship game win over Brattleboro, to win its third-ever state championship in the major baseball division. South Burlington, which also won the state championship in the 9-10 year old division in 2010, advanced to the New England Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut.

South Burlington grabbed a 4-0 lead in the title game before Brattleboro batted in its half of the first inning, and scored in five of the game's six innings. Andrew Cunningham gave the District 1 champions a 2-0 lead two batters into the game by slamming a pitch over the left center field fence, and Sammy Premsagar added another two-run homer later in the inning. They extended their lead with two runs in the second, and added a run in the third on Max Plunkett's run-scoring double.

In the fourth, Ben Tate added another two-run homer, and pitcher Eamon Sheridan delivered an RBI double in the sixth.

South Burlington collected eleven hits in the win, including three from Cunningham and two by Sheridan. Plunkett added a pair of doubles.

Sheridan threw the first five innings for South Burlington, allowing just one hit and no runs while striking out seven.

Brattleboro's only run came in the sixth, when Tanner Bell doubled and later scored.

"We pitch well, we play defense well, and we can hit," said South Burlington manager Ed Hockenbury. "We have great team chemistry and they work really hard. Great attitudes."

South Burlington won all eleven of its games against Vermont competition in the international tournament, including eight consecutive wins in the District 1 tournament. They opened state tournament play by overwhelming Barre Community Little League, 23-0 in four innings. Sheridan's three-run homer and Premsagar's two-run shot staked South Burlington to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, and Michael Flaherty later added a home run of his own. Nathan Gaboriault had three hits, three runs batted in, and four runs scored for the winners, while Sheridan added two hits and four RBIs. Premsagar and Cunningham also had a pair of hits in the win.

The victory advanced South Burlington into its toughest test at the state tournament, a 5-4 victory over Brattleboro in the winner's bracket final. Brattleboro broke to an early 4-2 lead, but South Burlington tied the game with a pair of runs in the fifth. Flaherty scored after his slide jarred the ball loose from Brattleboro's catcher on a play at the plate, and Sheridan then evened the score with a solo home run to left field.

In the sixth, Premsagar raced home from third following a dropped third strike to provide the eventual winning run.

Leif Bigelow had helped to stake Brattleboro to its early lead with a two-run single in the first inning and a run-scoring double in the second.

Brattleboro, which had opened the tournament with a 9-5 win over Essex Town Little League, earned its second win over that league with a 7-5 victory in the elimination bracket final.

The game was scoreless through two innings, when Brattleboro scored five times in the top of the third to take a lead it would hold throughout the game. Connor Weeks drove in a pair of runs in the rally, while Ian Fulton-Black chipped in a base hit and Bigelow delivered a sacrifice fly.

Essex Town narrowed the deficit on Tyler Robarge's three-run home run in the bottom of the inning, and tied the score in the fifth on Brandon Charles' two-run shot, but Brattleboro pushed across two runs in the sixth to secure the win. Fulton-Black opened the decisive rally with a single, and Bell followed with a double before Danny Petrie delivered a two-run single.

Petrie was also the winning pitcher in the game, striking out three in a complete game effort.

South Burlington, which also won the Vermont championship in 2000 and 2003, dropped its first two games at the New England Region tournament before bouncing back with a 5-3 victory over Wellesley South (Massachusetts) Little League and a 10-9 decision over Coventry American (Rhode Island) Little League. The wins lifted the Vermont team into the semifinal round, where South Burlington extended eventual region champion Fairfield American (Connecticut) Little League to an eight inning contest before falling, 4-3.

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  Winner's Bracket Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
South Burlington 2 0 0 0 2 1 5 - -
Brattleboro 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 - -
  Elimination Bracket Final
Brattleboro 0 0 5 0 0 2 7 - -
Essex Town 0 0 3 0 2 0 5 9 -
  Championship Game
South Burlington 4 2 1 2 0 1 10 11 -
Brattleboro 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 -

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