Shelburne All Stars battle for District I title

Hank Caswell on the mound during the 11/12 All Star team’s first loss against South Burlington on Tuesday, July 10 at Schifilliti Park in Burlington.

One win, one loss – and Shelburne’s 11/12 All Star baseball team was still ready to “play ball” in Little League’s District I Double Elimination Tournament this week.

Undefeated in pool play, the team’s number one seed won them a bye on opening day of the tournament last weekend.  The team claimed victory in its first game Sunday afternoon, with a 5-3 win over Williston, but sharp pitching by South Burlington Tuesday night brought the team its first loss, with a final score of 2-7. Hank Caswell and Paul Keen scored Shelburne’s two runs. Collin Vincent went two for three while Nikos Carroll also got a hit. It was a battle of two teams with identical 6-0 records.

As of press time, Shelburne’s All Stars were scheduled to play Colchester Wednesday night, July 11 at 6 pm. A loss would knock them out of the tournament, but a win would bring them face to face with South Burlington once again on Thursday night. They need to beat them twice, however, in order to win the title since it is a double elimination tournament.

Manager Wright Caswell was optimistic the team could still make it to the championship game.  “These boys have worked so hard for the past four weeks, with two to three hour practices everyday of their summer vacation. When they’re on, they’re on and they play outstanding baseball,” said Caswell.

For an update on results, go to www.shelburnebaseball.com and click on the 11/12 All Star link.  If readers find they won the game last night, put on a red shirt (the team’s color) and head to Schifilliti Park in Burlington to cheer them on against South Burlington. If they lost, a high five on a tremendous, well played season will do!

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