By LAUREN READ
The Colchester Cannons walked off with a 4-3 win over S.D. Ireland on Tuesday in the Vermont Legion baseball state tournament at Castleton University, ending Ireland’s postseason run.
Champlain Valley Union High School players dominate the S.D. Ireland Legion Baseball summer league team’s roster.
On Tuesday, Colchester’s Chase Carey hit an RBI single in the bottom of the extra eighth inning to send the Cannons to Wednesday’s state championship matchup also at Castleton. Colchester was to face Post 91 – undefeated in the tournament – in a game after press time for The Citizen.
“We finished third in the state, we were a run away from reaching the championship game,” said S.D. Ireland coach Tim Albertson. “I’m most proud of the improvement and the growth, we are a completely different team from the beginning of the summer.”
Pitcher Baker Angstman took the loss for S.D. Ireland after giving up one run on two hits in one inning of relief. Hunter Anderson started the game and went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits.
Thomas Vesosky earned the win for Colchester. Tyler Daniels got the start on the mound for the Cannons and eventually scored the winning run.
S.D. Ireland’s Tyler Skaflestad, Collin Vincent and Jacob Murphy each drove in a run. The team scored twice in the fifth inning and again in the top of the seventh to force the game into extra innings.
“We have always seen ourselves as that pesky team. We play good, fundamental baseball,” Albertson said. “We were able to put everything together. They came out and put it all on the line.”
After falling on the second day of the tournament to Post 91, S.D. Ireland needed a win over Franklin Country earlier in the day to advance to the matchup with Colchester. That came in a 7-2 victory, with Jacob Murphy and Hunter Anderson each driving in two runs. Hank Caswell got the win on the mound, pitching a complete game and giving up two runs on three hits.
Ireland ends the season at 21-22.