2014 Vermont State Little League® Tournament Results
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Vermont State Tournament
Major Baseball Division

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Vermont State Tournament
Host - North Burlington (District 1)
At Schifilliti Park

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions Williston
District 2 Champions Bennington
District 3 Champions St. Albans
District 4 Champions Lyndon Area Baseball (Lyndonville)

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Williston 7, St. Albans 2
Bennington 6, Lyndon Area Baseball 1

Winner's Bracket Final:
Williston 11, Bennington 1

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
Lyndon Area Baseball 8, St. Albans 7 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Bennington 18, Lyndon Area Baseball 15 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Williston 27, Bennington 0 (TITLE) (4 innings)


Williston Little League had hinted at what it was capable of when a mercy rule-shortened victory propelled the District 1 champions into the state championship game.

They put that acumen on full display in the championship game.

Williston overwhelmed Bennington Little League, 27-0 in four innings to claim the 2014 Vermont state championship and advance to the New England Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut.

"We can hit the ball, we can field really well, and we have five guys who get on the mound and throw really well," said Williston manager Paul Angstman after the game. "It's a strong team, and we did explode today."

Williston ended any suspense early in the championship game, scoring twelve runs before taking the field in the bottom of the first inning. Williston extended the lead in subsequent innings, while pitcher Storm Rushford surrendered only two hits and did not allow a Bennington runner to advance past second base.

Three Williston players homered in the game. Griffin McDermott led the way, delivering a three-run homer and a fourth inning grand slam as part of an eight RBI afternoon. Aidan Johnson also collected a grand slam, and Ben Herskowitz added a solo shot.

McDermott, Baker Angstman, and Johnson all had four hits for Williston, while Herskowitz and Jonah Roverts each chipped in three hits.

Williston's 27-run outburst eclipsed the previous record for most runs in a Vermont state championship game. Brattleboro defeated Middlebury Area 24-6 to win the Green Mountain state title in 1994.

Williston reached the state championship game by defeating St. Albans Little League, 7-2, in their state tournament opener, and then topping Bennington 11-1 in four innings in the winner's bracket final.

Bennington opened with a 6-1 victory over Lyndon Area Baseball Little League -- Thomas McCarthy's third inning grand slam was the key blow -- and then rebounded from their first loss to Williston with an 18-15 win over Lyndon in the elimination bracket final.

Bennington led their second meeting with Lyndon by an 11-10 score after five innings, and cemented the win with a seven-run burst in the top of the sixth. Cole Bushee paced the offense with a two-run homer, while Quentin McIntire and Andrew Morrison each collected two hits.

Williston won its only other major baseball division state championship in 2008. Bennington, which finished third in the 2013 Vermont state tournament, reached the state championship game for the third time in five years.

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