2011 Vermont State Little League® Tournament Results
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Vermont State Tournament
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2011

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Vermont State Tournament
Host - St. Johnsbury (District 4)
At Legion Field

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions South Burlington
District 2 Champions Bennington
District 3 Champions Essex Town
District 4 Champions Barre Community

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Bennington 12, South Burlington 6
Barre Community 8, Essex Town 7 (8 innings)

Winner's Bracket Final:
Barre Community 17, Bennington 16

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
South Burlington 16, Essex Town 15 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Bennington 10, South Burlington 6 (elim.)

Championship Game:
Barre Community 7, Bennington 5 (TITLE)


Summary:

Holding the lead as a game progresses is nice, but as the Barre Community Little League all-star team knows, it is most important to hold that advantage at game's end.

Barre produced a string of late-inning rallies in the 2011 international tournament, and won all nine of its games against district and state tournament competition en route to winning the Vermont state championship. Barre's final six victories came by one- and two-run margins as the District 4 champions claimed the league's first-ever state championship in the major baseball division.

Barre rallied in its final at-bat in each of its three contests in the state tournament at Legion Field in St. Johnsbury, including in a 7-5 championship game win over Bennington. Barre became the first District 4 league to win the state championship in the major baseball division since the district was formed in 1992.

"(We are) a resilient group that never gives up," said coach Tom Renaud. "They play until the very end of the game."

Barre won its three state tournament games by a total of four runs. In the championship game, Nico Tillas and Cameron Flynn drilled solo home runs in the top of the sixth to snap a 5-5 tie and push the team past Bennington. J.T. Blanchard threw five strong innings for Barre, before Ricky Sutton closed out the game and earned the victory.

Austin Condo and Damon Burgess each homered for Bennington.

The win was Barre's second victory over Bennington in a three-day span. Both teams had won their opening round games in the four-team tournament, then Barre pushed past their Southern Vermont rivals by a 17-16 score in the winner's bracket final. Barre had opened up a 13-5 lead early in the game, before Bennington narrowed the gap and took its first lead with a six-run rally in the fifth. Barre regrouped, and tallied three runs in the bottom of the sixth to advance to the championship game.

Flynn homered for Barre in the slugfest, while Bennington's comeback was powered by six home runs, including two each by Cole Lamoureaux and Noah Normyle and three-run shots by Condo and Ryan Neil.

Barre had needed eight innings to secure its opening round win, an 8-7 decision over Essex Town Little League. Blanchard had extended the game with a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh, and Barre plated the winning run when Flynn drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth.

"We got contributions from all twelve players," explained Renaud after the tournament. "You never know which one it's going to be."

Barre offered a preview of its cardiac approach in the District 4 tournament, where the team won its final three games by a total of four runs. Barre won the district title when a six-run rally in the sixth inning propelled the team to a 9-8 victory over St. Johnsbury.

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