RUTLAND -- Solid pitching and timely late-game hitting lifted the North to a doubleheader sweep over the South, 8-2 and 6-0, in the annual Vermont Baseball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game Saturday at St. Peters Field.
Gabe Dichard (S. Burlington) doubled and tripled in the win in the lidlifter, and four RBI by Jonathan Palmer (Essex) completed the sweep in game two.
Six North hurlers combined to give up 11 hits, one walk and a hit batter, and only one earned run over 14 innings while its defense committed one error in each tilt.
In game one, Luke Russell (Harwood) went 2-for-3 with a walk, scored twice and drove in two more, and his RBI-single snapped a 1-1 tie in a two-run fifth. Dichard led the sixth with a triple and Elijah Eaton (Missisquoi Valley) singled in two more in a five-run outburst as the North pulled away for the 8-2 win.
Josh Laroche (MV) also went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in. Sawyer Kamman (Mt. Abe) went the first three innings allowing an unearned run with four strikeouts. Josiah Benoit (Middlebury) picked up the win in relief with Josh Kennison (Spaulding) earning the save.
For the South in the opener, Dougie Avellino (Woodstock) had two singles and Noah Rizio (Burr & Burton), who suffered the loss on the mound, added a RBI double. Starter Zack Lanzillo (MSJ) went the first four innings, giving up two hits, one run and fanning four.
Palmer's two-out triple scored a pair in the fifth to break a scoreless tie in game two and his two-out, two-run single added two more in a four-run seventh to back more strong North pitching. Aaron Smith (Middlebury), Russell and Jake LeVan (South Burlington) scattered just five hits, only one after the third, while not walking a single hitter. Russell, who picked up the victory, also added another single and Wyatt Prue (North Country) went 2-for-4 with a RBI double.