2008 Vermont State Little League® Tournament Results
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2008

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Vermont State Tournament
Host - Brattleboro (District 2)

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions Williston
District 2 Champions Connecticut Valley South (East Thetford)
District 3 Champions St. Albans
District 4 Champions Lyndon Area Baseball (Lyndonville)

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Connecticut Valley South 8, Lyndon Area Baseball 3
St. Albans 9, Williston 3

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Williston 9, Lyndon Area Baseball 3 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Connecticut Valley South 2, St. Albans 1

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Williston 12, St. Albans 4 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Williston 1, Connecticut Valley South 0
Williston 11, Connecticut Valley South 10 (TITLE)


Summary:

Williston Little League had already climbed back from an opening round defeat to force a winner-take-all final game in the double-elimination Vermont state tournament in Brattleboro. So when the team faced a seven-run deficit midway through that deciding game, the District 1 champions never blinked an eye.

Williston scored eight unanswered runs, including three in the bottom of the sixth inning, to defeat Connecticut Valley South Little League, 11-10, and claim the league's first-ever state championship in the major baseball division. The victory, Williston's fourth in a row, advanced the District 1 champions to the New England Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut.

"The emotions are complete euphoria," said Williston manager Will Mikell after the final game's chaotic finish. "The kids know what was at stake, to go to Bristol, and they never gave up."

Williston trailed from the outset in the championship game, as the first Connecticut Valley South batter of the game belted a home run. CVS opened a 7-2 lead after the second inning, and extended the advantage to 10-3 in the third before Williston began to close the gap. Base hits by Davis Mikell, Connor Stankevich, and Hayden Smith helped slice Connecticut Valley South's lead to 10-7 in the fourth, and hits from Tommy Fitzgerald and Ryan Schneiderman added another run in the fifth.

In the sixth, Williston loaded the bases before Fitzgerald delivered his fourth hit of the game, a line drive double to right field that drove in two runs and tied the game. Williston re-loaded the bases before special pinch runner Brendon Gannon scampered home on a two-out, two-strike wild pitch with the winning run.

"We put the ball in play, put pressure on them," said Will Mikell. "That's what you have to do. These were 12 young men that were about 10 feet off the ground."

Davis Mikell also contributed four hits for the winners, and Stankovich shut the door on Connecticut Valley South's offense after entering in the fourth inning.

Williston's wild comeback win came just one day after the team forced the tournament to a final game following a tense 1-0 victory over the same team. Williston managed just one hit in the game, but made it count, as Davis Mikell doubled in the bottom of the fourth inning. He moved to third, and then scored the game's only run when Connecticut Valley South's defense misplayed Schneiderman's grounder. Williston managed just two other baserunners in the game.

Davis Mikell and reliever Jamie Pierson combined on a six-hitter, and benefitted from a series of stellar defensive plays by the Williston defense. Third baseman Jeffrey Martin made a diving stop to prevent a double, and Fitzgerald made a pair of difficult catches in center field. More critically, Williston threw out a pair of baserunners at the plate, including one on a relay from Fitzgerald in the sixth inning.

"The defense was the story of the game," said Davis Mikell. "You just don't see this at the Little League level."

"It took an hour and ten minutes," marveled the Williston coach. "You can talk to people here and they'll tell you it was the best game they ever saw in Brattleboro."

Williston needed a pair of wins against previously unbeaten Connecticut Valley South after dropping a waterlogged 9-3 decision against St. Albans Little League in the tournament's opening round. St. Albans' Nick Berno delivered a two-run single in the fifth inning and Doug Saffo added a three-run homer in the sixth as St. Albans scored eight times in the final two innings to erase a 3-1 deficit.

Davis Mikell homered twice to provide all of Williston's offense in the game.

Williston dropped into the bottom bracket with the defeat, and needed a 9-3 victory over Lyndon Area Baseball Little League and a 12-4 win over St. Albans to reach the championship series. Davis Mikell launched a three-run homer in the third inning that gave Williston a 7-1 lead against Lyndon, and Fitzgerald chipped in with three hits for the winners. Pierson, the Williston starting pitcher, allowed just one run and two hits in four innings of work.

"James (Pierson) was outstanding," said Will Mikell. "We asked him to go out and keep them off the board and he came through."

Williston followed the win by avenging its earlier defeat against St. Albans. Will Mikell's team pounded 16 hits in the game, including three each by Smith and Fitzgerald. Davis Mikell was intentionally walked four times, and Williston pulled away with a six run flurry in the final inning.

"We hit the ball and we hit the ball and we hit the ball," said Will Mikell. "And there was nothing cheap about anything... The stuff we hit today was in the gaps; the stuff we hit (in the opening round loss) was right at them."

The win lifted Williston into a championship series meeting with Connecticut Valley South, which rallied past St. Albans, 2-1, in the winner's bracket final. St. Albans carried a 1-0 lead for most of the game after Berno tripled and scored in the first inning, but Connecticut Valley South struck for two runs in the top of the sixth to claim the win. CVS pitcher Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris earned the win after holding St. Albans to the single run through five innings, and reliever Jordy Levin earned the save.

St. Albans pitcher Jordan Boucher took the loss despite striking out nine batters and surrendering just four hits.

Williston split its four pool games at the New England Region tournament before falling to eventual Little League World Series qualifier Shelton National (Connecticut) Little League, 12-0, in the semifinal round.

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