After going 2-1 in pool play, Shelburne’s 10/11 All Star baseball team began play in the Vermont District 1 double-elimination tournament by defeating Colchester 11-1 last Wednesday and then losing a close game to South Burlington that started Friday and finished Saturday. The loss forced the Shelburne All Stars to play again on Sunday with a depleted pitching staff. However, Noah Allen pitched a brilliant complete game as they beat Colchester 12-2 again in five innings.
In perhaps their best game of the season, Shelburne beat previously undefeated South Burlington 10-2 on Monday, July 22. Jackson Neme started and pitched terrifically, holding a team that was averaging about10 runs a game to just two runs over four innings. Brendan Tivnan and Lars Jensen kept any further runs from scoring over the final two innings. Tivnan had the big hit of the game – a bases loaded triple in the second inning. Will Bond capped the scoring with a two-run home run in the fifth – his fourth home run of the All Star season. However, the victory was truly a team effort, with everyone contributing at least one important play either defensively or offensively.
The victory propelled Shelburne into the championship game rematch with South Burlington Wednesday, July 24, weather permitting. The winner advances to the state tournament in Brattleboro next weekend with three other Vermont district winners.
The 10/11 All Stars are coached by Bill Allen, Chris Neme, and Brian Tivnan.