12 Year Olds All-Star Games
|Sat 30 Jun 2:00 PMSat 6/30 2:00||Rutland Field||Brattleboro at Rutland||7-1||Forkin and Gerard Get 12's Past Rutland||summary
Forkin and Gerard Get 12's Past Rutland Brattleboro's 12 year old All-Stars kicked off their tournament season with a strong opening win in Rutland. Troy Forkin struck out eight batters across three scoreless innings. He also added a base hit. Catcher Nick Gerard had three hits, an RBI, and stole two bases. Will Hill hit a late RBI single and later stole home. In the third inning, he walked, stole third base, and scored. Brandon Weeks and Tucker Sargent each knocked in a run. Ben Berg singled and scored in his playoff debut. Rutland was only able to muster two hits off Brattleboro's pitching staff. Ryan Solari got Rutland's first hit - a single in the fifth inning. Tommy Jacques singled and stole a base in the sixth inning. Rutland scored its lone run in the fifth inning when Tim Kendall walked and scored. On the day, Kendall walked twice and stole a base.
|Sun 01 Jul 5:00 PMSun 7/1 5:00||BLL Field||Bennington at Brattleboro||3-2||Hannan and Naser Lead Bennington to Win||summary
Brattleboro's 12 year old All-Stars battled Bennington at the Brattleboro Little League field on Sunday. Connor Hannan threw into the sixth inning and struck out five batters while allowing just two runs. Ayman Naser hit a two-run double in the fourth inning to give Bennington a 2-1 lead. Bennington's defense also turned two key double plays in the victory. Brattleboro's offense was led by Jackson Emery who had two hits. Will Hill, Karson Elliott, Nick Gerard, and Degan Gundry all collected base hits. The District two series will now move to Bennington. Brattleboro's 12's will play in Bennington under the lights on Friday, July 6.
|Mon 02 Jul 5:30 PMMon 7/2 5:30||Bennington Field||Rutland at Bennington||4-6|
|Fri 06 Jul 7:00 PMFri 7/6 7:00||Bennington Field||Brattleboro at Bennington||2-7||Bennington Gets By Brattleboro||summary
The Bennington 12 year old All-Stars continued an impressive run in Vermont's District 2 championships with another victory over Brattleboro. Brattleboro used a cadre of pitchers in this one - Degan Gundry, Troy Forkin, Brandon Weeks, and Jackson Emery. The group of pitchers only allowed six singles and no extra-base hits but Bennington scored two in the first, three in the second, and two in the fourth to seal the victory. Brattleboro got on the board in the third inning when Nick Gerard walked and scored on a Willem Thurber RBI double. Thurber came around to sore later in the inning. Brattleboro also benefited from base hits from Troy Forkin and Tucker Sargent. Bennington got a strong start from Nat Greenslet who went five innings for the victory. At the plate, he scored two runs. Finn McRae, Ayman Naser, Carter Thompson, Sean Moriarty, Tanner Bushee, and Vance Kobelia each recorded base hits.
|Sat 07 Jul 5:00 PMSat 7/7 5:00||Rutland Field||Bennington at Rutland||14-0|
|Sun 08 Jul 5:00 PMSun 7/8 5:00||BLL Field||Rutland at Brattleboro||0-14||Sargent's 7 RBI Carry Brattleboro to Win||summary
Brattleboro's 12U team got the bats working on Sunday at the Brattleboro Little League Field. Tucker Sargent hit a three-run homer as part of a 3-3, 7 RBI night. Sargent's home run was the first of the series but Degan Gundry promptly followed it up with a solo shot of his own. On the mound, Brandon Weeks threw two dominant innings in the start while striking out five batters. Karon Elliott relieved and worked out of trouble to fire two scoreless innings. Brattleboro also got big hits from Will Hill, Will Miskovich, Charlie Clark, and Ben Berg. Rutland got four hits in this one with three in a row in the third inning off the bats of Ryan Solari, Chase de Castro, and Tommy Jacques. Kaden Wilder came off the bench to hit a double in the fourth inning. 3B de Castro and SS Lucas Merrill each made fine plays in the field. The modified round robin tournament now heads to the elimination stage with a rematch of this game on Tuesday, July 10 at the Brattleboro Little League Field. Brattleboro is the #2 seed and will host the #3 seed, Rutland. The winner of that game will advance to face Bennington at Hogan Field in Bennington on Thursday, July 12.
|Tue 10 Jul 5:30 PMTue 7/10 5:30||Rutland Field||Brattleboro at Rutland||8-0||Brattleboro Shutouts Rutland to Advance||summary
In the first elimination game of the 2018 Vermont District 2 finals, Brattleboro shut out Rutland in a rain-shortened game to win. Brattleboro pitchers Charlie Clark (3 IP, 4 K's) and Troy Forkin (1 IP, 1K) dominated the Rutland lineup and did not allow a hit. Catcher Nick Gerard led the offense with three hits and four RBI. Will Hill and Jackson Emery each contributed two hits and two runs scored. Forkin added a pinch-hit two-run single in the second and Thomas Bell lofted an opposite field double in the third inning. Tucker Sargent also had a base hit. The defensive play of game was a 3-6 double play started by first baseman Degan Gundry in the first inning. 2018 marked Rutland's first year in the District 2 tournament. While they struggled offensively, CF Ty Mackey and 2B Chase de Castro each made fine defensive plays. Southpaw Tommy Jacques made the start for Rutland and struck out three batters across his three innings of work. Luca Polli caught all the games in the series and showed strong skills at backstop.
|Thu 12 Jul 7:00 PMThu 7/12 7:00||Bennington Field||Brattleboro at Bennington||12-10||Brattleboro Stuns Bennington with Epic Rally||summary
The Brattleboro 12U team was down 9-4 heading into the sixth and rallied to tie it before winning it in extra innings. Tucker Sargent got Brattleboro on the board early with a long two-run home run. Bennington responded and took the lead to the sixth inning. The rally started with Brandon Weeks' two-run home run that got Brattleboro to within three runs. Nick Gerard provided the decisive blow when he stepped to the plate with two runners aboard in the eighth inning. He promptly crushed a three-run home run deep into the night to put Brattleboro on top for good. Gerard's home run was one of his three hits on the night and he also scored three runs. Troy Forkin, Jackson Emery, Will Hill, and Degan Gundry all contributed key base hits. The defensive star of the game was right fielder Charlie Clark who threw a runner out and made a stellar diving catch in the eighth inning to preserve the lead. Troy Forkin threw into the fourth inning and struck out six. The bullpen was led by Jackson Emery who dominated the Bennington lineup and struck out five batters across three innings. Weeks came in to close out the victory. Bennington played another fine game after going 4-0 in pool play. Carter Thompson had two hits and scored twice. Nat Greenslet also had two hits including a solo home run in the eighth inning. Finn McRae had a base hit and scored two runs. The two teams will play again on Saturday, July 14 at 2PM with Brattleboro a win away from clinching a trip to the state tournament.
|Sat 14 Jul 2:00 PMSat 7/14 2:00||BLL Field||Bennington at Brattleboro||8-3||Bushee Baffles Brattleboro in Bennington Victory||summary
In the second game of the District 2 finals, Bennington jumped out to an early lead and was able to hold off Brattleboro, 8-3. Tanner Bushee started for Bennington and kept the Brattleboro batters guessing across his 5 1/3 innings pitched. He struck out eigh in the start. Brattleboro's Nick Gerard and Brandon Weeks each had two hits. Weeks' hit a deep triple in the third inning and came around to score Brattleboro's first run. Ben Berg and Karson Elliott each had base hits. Tucker Sargent and Degan Gundry scored in the sixth inning. Bennington got a fine start from Bushee and strong hitting once again. Carter Thompson had another 3-hit game and scored three runs from the top of the order. Nat Greenslet had two hits including an RBI double in the third. Finn McRae followed up Greenslet's double with one of his own - high off the fence to plate two more. Ayman Naser, Sean Moriarty, and Colin Brady each had base hits. The teams will play once more for the District 2 Championship on Sunday, July 15 in Bennington.
|Sun 15 Jul 2:00 PMSun 7/15 2:00||Bennington Field||Bennington at Brattleboro||12-11||Bennington Outlasts Brattleboro to take Title||summary
In the final game of the District 2 championships, Bennington's 12U team outlasted Brattleboro in extra innings for the win. Ayman Naser hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to send Bennington onto States. Brattleboro had jumped out a big 9-0 lead after two innings of play on the power of four home runs. Nick Gerard got it started with a two-run home run. Tucker Sargent then walked and Degan Gundry stepped up and launched a two-run shot of his own. Gundry hit another two-run shot in the second. After Gundry's first home run, Karson Elliott singled and came around to score on a two-run home run from Charlie Clark. Bennington chipped away at the large lead with big hits from Ayman Naser (4 for 6), Nat Greenslet (3 for 5), and Connor Hannan (4 for 5). For Brattleboro, Gundry finished the game with four hits including his first multi-homer game. Will Hill, Brandon Weeks, and Ben Berg also came up with key hits for Brattleboro. Brattleboro also got strong defense from Hill, Clark, Sargent, and Jackson Emery. Bennington advances to the state tournament to be held in Burlington beginning July 21. The winner of that tournament will head to Bristol, Connecticut as Vermont's representative at the New England Regional tournament on the road to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania (August 16-26).
Saturday July 21st - State Tournament in District 1
12 Year Olds All-Star Roster
|#||Name||Age||Regular Season Team|
|11||William Hill||12||Red Sox|
|14||Ben Berg||12||Red Sox|