Mount Abe victory caps challenging season
BRISTOL — To reach reach Saturday’s D-II final vs. Bellows Falls, the No. 8 Eagles had to do more than improve their regular season play after an 0-6 start, which they did by finishing with five wins in 10 games, mostly against D-I competition — they had to win three playoff games, all against teams with better records.
First came a May 31 home game in the opening round against No. 9 Lyndon. The 7-9 Vikings led, 8-6, entering the bottom of the seventh, but the Eagles rallied for three runs to win, 9-8. Adam Whitcomb, who picked up the pitching win in relief, drove in George Bailey with the run that ended the game.
Bailey had reached with the final of his four hits; he doubled twice and drove in three runs. Coleman Russell and Chris Wood added two hits apiece.
On June 3, the Eagles visited top-seeded defending champion Lamoille (14-3). The Lancers took an early 4-3 lead, but Whitcomb, who earned the pitching win again, came up with another big at-bat, tripling with two outs and the bases loaded in the fourth to give the Eagles the lead for good.
Also sparking the Eagle attack were Wyatt Gendreau, who reached base four times on two hits and two walks, and Zach Hines, who poked two hits and drove in two runs.
Then came a June 6 visit to Harwood for the semifinal and a pitching gem from Bailey. The junior kept the 12-5 Highlanders off balance all game, tossing a three-hitter in Mount Abe’s 3-0 victory.
The Eagles backed Bailey with sparkling defense. Bonvouloir made several outstanding plays at third base, Gendreau snatched a short-hop liner at second, center fielder Keion Correll cut down a runner trying to stretch a single into a double, and catcher Anthony Robideau caught a runner trying to steal.
Bonvouloir singled in two runs in the Eagles’ three-run fourth inning, and scored when Russell lined another hit.
And then the Eagles made history on Saturday.
MEMBERS OF THE Mount Abraham Union High School baseball team hold the Division II state championship trophy high after beating Bellows Falls Saturday, 11-1. Photo by Mark Bouvier
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