Legion baseball team stretches win streak
LYNDON — The Addison County American Legion team edged host OEC on Tuesday, 1-0, to push the local nine’s record to 7-2 in the Northern Division, 7-3 overall.
Tuesday’s tight win followed a pair of close victories over the weekend, 15-12 at Colchester on Sunday and 5-4 at home over Franklin on Saturday. AC has now won seven straight after its 0-3 start and continues to sit on top of the Northern Division standings.
“Our team is playing well together,” said Coach Mike Estey.
AC plays three of its next four on the road. After a doubleheader at Burlington on Saturday, AC is scheduled to host Essex at the Middlebury College field on Sunday at 11 a.m. and then to visit Montpelier on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, AC’s Sawyer Kamman outdueled OEC’s Tyler Davis in the 1-0 win. Both pitchers hurled seven-inning complete games. Kamman allowed four hits and two walks and struck out eight, while Davis allowed three hits and two walks and fanned five.
“It was a really well-pitched game by both pitchers,” Estey said.
Estey also noted it was Kamman’s second consecutive strong outing.
“Sawyer’s last two games have been outstanding,” he said.
AC scored the game’s only run in the sixth. Aaron Smith walked and came all the way around on Devin Hayes’ double, his second hit of the game. Dylan Raymond’s fifth-inning single was the only other AC hit.
Estey said Smith made the defensive play of the game in center field, running down a deep drive by the seventh-inning leadoff hitter. The next batter doubled before Kamman bore down to retire the final two batters.
On Sunday, Smith (three hits and four runs) and Wade Steele (three hits) led the attack as AC outslugged host Colchester, 15-12. The Cannons scored multiple runs against three AC pitchers, starter Josiah Benoit and relievers Hunter O’Connor and Josh Stearns. O’Connor earned the win with 2.2 innings of work in the middle of the game. Kamman came on to get the final out and earn a save.
AC scored runs in six innings, starting with four in the first on just one hit, a Stearns RBI single. Four walks and a Cannon error opened the door for the visitors. In the second, Smith singled and Kamman walked. They moved up on stolen bases and scored on Steele’s single.
AC added solo runs in the third, when Aaron Benway doubled and Smith singled him home, and fourth, on singles by Hayes and Steele and an error.
In the fifth, AC plated five runs. Joe Hounchell walked, followed by Sam Messenger and Smith singles, a walk to Hayes, a Steele single and a Stearns double. Raymond’s sacrifice fly plated the last run of the inning. AC tacked on its final two runs in the sixth, when Hounchell walked again, Smith singled and both scored on a Hayes double.
On Saturday, AC outlasted visiting Franklin County when Smith threw six innings of two-run ball in relief of Hayes, who left after three innings complaining of a sore arm, Estey said. Hayes allowed two runs on five hits, striking out four. Smith allowed one earned run on seven hits and one walk, fanning six.
AC scored runs in the second and fourth innings on RBI singles from Hounchell and Hayes, and then staged a decisive three-run rally in the sixth.
Kamman (two hits) was hit by a pitch to trigger that rally, and singles by Steele and Stearns loaded the bases. Consecutive walks to Benoit, Devon Kimball and Chris Leach brought the runs home.
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