Eagles shutout Tigers on the diamond

ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham blanked host Middlebury to highlight local high school baseball action late last week. In other games, the Eagles, Vergennes and Otter Valley all dropped road contests.
On Thursday, the Eagles rode Mike Jerome’s complete-game one-hitter past the host Tigers, 5-0.
“He did a great job,” said MUHS coach Charlie Messenger of Jerome, who struck out 11 and walked six, allowing only a single to Zac Feehan. It was Jerome’s second complete-game shutout of the spring.
Messenger said the Tigers did have opportunities due to the walks, but Jerome made the pitches when he had to, especially frustrating the Tigers with an effective curve ball.
“We had chances,” Messenger said. “We just aren’t hitting the ball.”
Both teams played strong defense, he said.
“It was a well-played game,” Messenger said.
Tiger pitcher Bryce Burrell kept his team in the game through innings, but the Eagles scored four runs in the final two frames.
For the Eagles, Ernie Brouillard notched three hits, an RBI and three runs. Joey Payea added two hits, Ethan Gendreau chipped in with an RBI single and scored a run, and Matt Mullin doubled home two runs. Sean Beloin scored the final run after walking in the seventh. Only one Eagle run was unearned, said Messenger, whose team will look to break into the win column when it hosts VUHS on Tuesday.
On Saturday, host St. Johnsbury (3-3) defeated the Eagles, 5-2, as Hilltopper pitcher Colton Hudson tossed a complete-game nine-hitter. Nine players had hits for the Eagles (2-3). George Bailey and Ernie Brouillard picked up RBIs and Nick Szczecinski took the pitching loss.
On Friday, host Windsor defeated OV, 9-6, snapping a 3-3 tie in the fifth with a four-run inning and tacking two more on in the sixth. OV scored three in the seventh to make it close. Derek Aines threw five innings and took the loss, and John Winslow tossed the final two innings for the 0-6 Otters.
On Thursday, host Essex pounded out 14 hits in a 16-1, six-inning win vs. the Commodores. Dylan Raymond took the pitching loss for VUHS, which will look for its second win at MUHS on Tuesday. 

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