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VUHS players help North baseball players sweep South

WESTMINSTER — A big inning in each game in a Friday doubleheader propelled the North to a doubleheader sweep of the South in the 2021 Vermont Baseball Coaches Association North-South Senior Classic Friday night at Bellows Falls Union High’s Hadley Field. The North won the opener, 11-3, and the second game, 12-1.

In the opener, the North scored two in the first, six in the second, two in the third, and one in the fourth. Justis Orton of Enosburg and Shreyas Parikh of Mount Mansfield each hit a pair of RBI singles, and doubles by Ryan Eaton of Champlain Valley, and Spaulding’s Zack Stabell and Parikh figured into the offense. 

Ryan Alt of Poultney had three hits and tossed 2.1 scoreless innings of relief for the South.

Christian Vallee of BFA St. Albans and Cole Tarrant of Rice combined for three scoreless innings for the North.

In the nightcap starters Jarret Muzzy of Vergennes and Brodie Krawcyck each pitched two scoreless innings before the North broke through with five runs in the bottom of the third. Singles by Marshall Donahue of Montpelier, Tucker Stearns of Vergennes and Vallee fueled the rally.

The North scored seven times and sent 13 hitters to the plate in the fifth. Eaton’s long RBI double to left capped and inning that featured six hits, two walks and a sacrifice fly.

Alt doubled home Alex Polli of Otter Valley in the top of the sixth to complete the scoring.

Polli had two of the South’s four hits. Alt’s double gave him a 4-for-5 twin bill with two RBI. Stearns went two-for-two as the North had 11 hits in the nightcap. Orton and Parikh each finished the day with four hits.

Mount Abe’s Colby Lathrop and Commodore Barret Barrows also were selected to the North team.

OV Coach Mike Howe led the South team, with OV assistant Brayden Shannon serving as an assistant for the team on Friday.

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