Baseball cut short by St. Johnsbury

No. 8 St. Johnsbury scored eight runs in the top of Saturday’s sixth inning to blow open the Division I quarterfinal game against top-seed Champlain Valley Union and pull off an 11-2 upset win.

The Redhawks (16-2) held a 1-0 lead heading into the sixth inning but surrendered eight runs, then gave up three more in the seventh.

Tyler Wells kept the CVU bats under control, allowing just four hits and striking out four to earn the win.

Nick Guckin and Shane Alercio each added two hits for the Hilltoppers, who defeated No. 4 South Burlington in the semifinals Tuesday 5-4. The final is Saturday, at Centennial Field between South Burlington and Colchester.

For the Redhawks Ian Parent singled and drove in two runs, while Jake Bortnick had a single. Liam Reiner took the loss, despite striking out eight.

CVU coach Tim Albertson said he was extremely proud of the season his team put together. “It was a tough way to go out, St. Johnsbury had a really nice inning,” he said.

“Overall, I think the season was fantastic, one of the best in the history of CVU baseball. It was a lot of fun and a great team effort.”

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