WAITSFIELD — The Barre Bombers lived up to their name Monday.
The Granite City’s 10-to-12-year-old Little League All-Star team eliminated Central Vermont with a 20-10 baseball victory in District 4 action. Barre staved off elimination after suffering a tough loss Sunday and earned a berth in Saturday’s 10 a.m. semifinal at Couples Field. Barre will face the winner of Tuesday’s 5:30 p.m. game between Mad River and St. Johnsbury.
“We’re a 12-and-under team, and we have one 10-year old and a handful of 11-year-olds,” Barre manager Nick Foster said. “It’s a young mix and I’m really proud of how the boys have come together. We have 14 players and we appreciate the patience and the hard work from everyone. Getting kids on and off the field, it takes some patience to wait your turn. And they’ve all done a great job contributing when they get their chance.”
The Bombers opened the tournament with a 16-14 victory over St. Johnsbury on Saturday. The following day Barre carried a 12-10 lead into the final inning before Lyndon rallied with a walk-off grand slam to prevail 14-12.
“We thought we would lean on our defense, but we’ve scored 48 runs in three games,” Foster said. “It’s funny how it worked out and it’s been some wild baseball. Playing three days in a row taxes you. We had six pitchers unavailable tonight and we needed somebody to eat some innings. And it worked out.”
Clayton Foster earned the victory on the mound after throwing the maximum of 85 pitches. Barre led 7-3 after one inning and held a 7-5 advantage after two innings following a two-run ground-rule double by Central Vermont’s Max Scribner drove in Eli Russell and Owen Dyer. The Granite City crew was unstoppable the rest of the way, denying Central Vermont’s comeback attempts at every turn.
Leadoff hitter Carlo Concessi went 3-for-3 at the plate for Barre and scored three runs. Teammate Brandon Winkler was 2-for-2 with a double, while Fletcher Finagan went 2-for-4 with a triple in the victory. Rounding out the Barre roster were Elias Kalat, AJ Romeo, Michael Noury, Carson Nuhfer, Jaxon Keane, Tanner Arsenault, Nick Mascitti, Riley Cadorette, Mathew Fecteau and Zack Parker.
Representing Central Vermont were Dyer, Russell, Scribner, Dewey Burns, Maddox Heise, Ethan Wichrowksi, Landon Giroux, Ryan Winters, Lucas Alber, Max Hochschild, Colton Warren, March Lumbra and Braden Abrahamson.
Colchester 7, Barre 0
Colchester 14, Barre 4
BARRE — The Cannons swept a doubleheader against Barre Post 10 during Legion baseball action.
“We played relatively well only having 11 players and missing three starters,” Barre coach Cody Carlson said. “Josh Morrill pitched well the first game and we had to pull Carson Corriveau early in the second because we’re trying to conserve his pitch court for later this week. Playing the best team in the state with mostly 18- and 19-year-olds, I thought we held our own. And I’m looking forward to playing OEC Tuesday and a doubleheader Wednesday with our rival (Montpelier) Post 3.”