Shelburne baseball team remains perfect

Above, Michael Casarico and Coach Arthur Prentice enjoy a piece of “Black-Eye” cake made by Casarico’s mom and sister on Sunday, Sept. 9.

Shelburne’s 11/12 fall baseball team moved their record to a perfect 4-0 with another dominating 15-5 win over Burlington American at Calahan Park in Burlington Saturday, Sept. 15. Shelburne displayed another well-balanced offensive attack and a strong defensive effort. “This was our best team effort to date and we are getting better every week,” said Coach Arthur Prentice. Collin Vincent hit his second home run in three games going 3 for 4 at the plate, while Graham Walker and Hank Caswell each had doubles and Connor Rushford went 2 for 3. Six different pitchers were used, each recording at least two strikeouts in every inning. Nikos Carol and Michael Casarico combined for only 21 pitches and five strikeouts in the first two innings. Shelburne displayed a poised and veteran defensive performance with outstanding fly ball catches by Jason West and Nikos Carrol.

Shelburne’s dominate pitchers Joey Viner, Ethan Oglesby, Trevor Mitiguy, and Caswell had timely hitting in their 6-2 win over Vergennes last Saturday, Sept. 8. The combined 4-hitter included a 5th inning triple by Viner. Shelburne also scored two runs each in the 1st, 2nd, and 5th innings. Casarico received his first black eye when he got struck by a throw down to second base while attempting to throw out a Vergennes base stealer. When coach Prentice spoke with Casarico after the game he was in the emergency room still awaiting test results and the only question he asked was, “did we win the game?” Coach Prentice added, “Mikey’s a real ball player.”

The team’s next game is Saturday Sept. 22 at 2 pm at Roosevelt Park in Burlington.

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