2013 Vermont State Little League® Tournament Results
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Vermont State Tournament
Major Baseball Division

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

Foster Road Park is located at 60 Foster Road in Essex.

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions South Burlington
District 2 Champions Bennington
District 3 Champions Essex Town
District 4 Champions Lyndon Area Baseball (Lyndonville)

Click here to view 2013 district tournament results for Vermont.

Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
South Burlington 14, Essex Town 4 (4 innings)
Bennington 10, Lyndon Area Baseball 4

Winner's Bracket Final:
South Burlington 19, Bennington 7 (5 innings)

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
Essex Town 12, Lyndon Area Baseball 2 (5 innings; elim.)

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

Championship Series:
Essex Town 7, South Burlington 2
South Burlington 11, Essex Town 6 (TITLE)


One day after managing just three hits in a 7-2 loss to Essex Town Little League that forced the state tournament to a deciding game, South Burlington Little League got its offense back on track.

South Burlington collected 15 hits, including three home runs, and led from wire to wire in an 11-6 victory at Essex Town's Foster Road Park. The win was South Burlington's second in three meetings with Essex Town in the four-team tournament, and earned the District 1 champions their second consecutive state championship in the major baseball division.

South Burlington advanced to the New England Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut.

South Burlington scored in each of the first four innings of the championship game, and built an 11-0 lead before Essex Town narrowed the margin. Max Plunkett singled and scored on a passed ball in the first, and South Burlington then added three more runs in the second. Sammy Premsager opened the inning with a single off the center field fence, and Ben Tate followed with a two-run homer. One out later, Gregory Knowles doubled, and special pinch runner Ryan Sargent then scored when Plunkett punched a single through the left side of the infield.

After adding a run in the third, South Burlington cemented their victory with a six-run burst in the fourth. A pair of singles and an error loaded the bases with one out, and Ethan Klesch launched a grand slam over the left field fence. After Premsager singled, Tate followed with his second two-run shot of the game.

"They've been hitting a lot of home runs all year. We've averaged probably three or four a game," said South Burlington manager Sean McGrath. "They just hit the ball hard. They're confident at the plate. They've been there."

South Burlington returned six players from a team that reached the New England Region semifinals in 2012, and the veterans figured heavily in the team's success in 2013. Klesch and Tate, two of the returnees, both homered in the first inning of South Burlington's 14-4 victory over Essex Town in the tournament's opening game. After the two teams exchanged runs in the first inning, South Burlington's seventh, eighth, and ninth-place hitters all reached safely to open the second inning. Plunkett drew a four-pitch walk to force in Connor McGrath, and Chance O'Connor -- another returning player -- was hit by a pitch to force in a second run. Klesch then followed with a grand slam, and two batters later, Tate slammed a two-run homer.

Essex Town narrowed its deficit to a 9-4 score with three runs in the top of the fourth inning, when two of South Burlington's veterans, Premsager and Tate, opened the bottom of the frame with consecutive home runs. Matt Guyette and Nick Liscinsky both added run-scoring singles, and Liscinsky's hit extended South Burlington's lead to ten runs and invoked the mercy rule.

South Burlington followed its opening round win with a 19-7 decision over Bennington Little League. Bennington had topped Lyndon Area Baseball Little League, 10-4, in the opening round, and stayed close to South Burlington for most of their contest. But South scored nine times in the top of the sixth inning to turn a 10-7 advantage into a romp.

Liscinsky delivered a run-scoring single early in the decisive rally, and Premsager also singled home a run. Tate drilled a two-run homer, and Plunkett capped the rally with a two-run double.

South Burlington collected 19 hits in the game, including Klesch's two-run homer in the fourth. Bennington's Will Shea hit two-run homers in both the second and fifth innings.

The win moved South Burlington into the championship round, and after scoring a combined 33 runs in their first two state tournament games, the District 1 winners found offense a bit harder to come by in what became a 7-2 Essex Town victory. Essex Town pitcher Maverick King tossed a three-hitter, striking out eight and walking just one in a complete game effort.

Essex Town got untracked in the game's first inning, when Grady Cram led off with a single, King added a single, and fifth-place hitter Brandon Charles unloaded a three-run homer to give Essex an advantage against Premsager, South Burlington's imposing starter.

"To go up on a pitcher of that caliber, 3-0, that sends a message to my guys in the dugout that 'wow, we can do this'," said Essex Town manager Ed Meslin.

South Burlington scored twice in O'Connor's two-run homer in the fourth, but Essex extended the lead again when Charles, Edgar Kovel, and Tyler Millette each singled in runs in the fifth.

"We're going to feel the loss for about an hour," said McGrath of his veteran team. "But they're going to get something to eat, get some good sleep, and be ready to come get them tomorrow. We've got a lot left in the tank."

The next day, South Burlington got its offense untracked early, and rode a wave of offense into the region tournament for the second consecutive year, and for the fourth time in the league's history.

South Burlington won three of its four pool games at the New England Region tournament -- the best showing by a Vermont league in pool competition since the tournament was first held in 2001 -- and entered semifinal round play as the tournament's second seed. South Burlington's season ended with a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Lincoln (Rhode Island) Little League in the semifinal round.

Follow South Burlington at the New England Region Tournament -- Click here to view results.


  Winner's Bracket Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
South Burlington 2 0 4 4 9 19 17 2
Bennington 0 4 1 2 0 7 11 3
  Elimination Bracket Final
Bennington 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 - -
Essex Town 5 1 0 1 0 x 7 - -
  Championship Series Game 1
Essex Town 3 0 0 1 3 0 7 9 0
South Burlington 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 3 2
  Championship Series Game 2
South Burlington 1 3 1 6 0 0 11 15 3
Essex Town 0 0 0 3 2 1 6 6 1

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