The Vermont Ice Storm improved to 8 - 0 overall in the Empire Football League with a 28 - 7 win over the Ottawa Deacon Demons last Saturday in Colchester. Vermonts secondary led the way in this one coming up with five interceptions. Kyle Bombardier and Drew Gordon picked off two apiece while Linn Morton added one more the Storm. Meanwhile Vermont quarterback Brad Rudderman was his usual self. The veteran signal caller completed 13 of his 21 pass attempts for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Austin Partain caught a 10- yard touchdown pass, and Jason Young caught Ruddermans other touchdown pass for a 42-yard scoring strike. Young added a three yard touchdown run and Troy Canada finished Vermonts scoring with a huge 80 yard punt return. The 8 - 0 Ice Storm are now 5 - 0 in league play heading into this Saturdays game on the road against the Lake City Stars. The Deacon Demons fell to 2 - 3 with the loss and will host the Watertown Red & Black this weekend.
The Vermont Lake Monsters dropped the first two games to the Batavia Muckdogs before salvaging the series finale last Sunday night. The Lake Monsters hit the All-Star break with a 30 - 22 record, trailing the division leading Oneonta Tigers by just a game and a half.
In Friday nights series opener Vermont dropped a heartbreaker 2 - 1. With the score deadlocked at 1 - 1 heading into the home half of the eighth inning Tyler Henley drew a one out walk. Then when trying to steal second Vermonts catcher Sean Rooney made an errant throw, and Henley wound up on third, where he scored from when Vermont pitcher delivered a wild pitch. The Lake Monsters looked like they might get the run back in the ninth when Bill Rhinehart led off with a single and Garrett Bass followed with a walk, chasing Muckdogs hurler Ryan Riddle from the game. Reliever Wayne Daman then got Sean Rooney to ground into a double play and struck out Jake Rogers, with the tying run on third, securing the win for Batavia. Ryan Buchter took the loss for Vermont.
Game two on Saturday didnt go much better for the Vermonters. The Muckdogs struck for four runs I the first two innings and held on to win 6 - 3. Mark Gildea had a three hit day for the Lake Monsters, going three-for-five with an RBI. Daniel Lyons contributed two hits including a double to the losing effort. Cole Kimball took the loss for Vermont. Kimball worked the first four and two third innings, giving up four runs on four hits, while striking out seven and walking four. His personal won-loss record fell to two wins and three losses with the defeat.
The Lake Monsters bats exploded on Sunday, enabling them to take the final game of the series 10 - 4. Leadoff hitter and left fielder Brandon Whiting led the attack, going three-for-five, with a double, a homerun, he scored a run and drove in four. First baseman Bill Rhinehart had a solid day at the plate himself, going two-for-five with a homerun, a run scored and three RBIs. Centerfielder added a double and a triple to the win. Edulin Abreu got the win in relief, going two innings and giving up one run on two hits. In his brief outing he struck out two and walked one, improving to three and three on the year with the win.
In last weeks edition of the Rutland Tribune I reported that Corey Robinson threw an interception in the closing seconds of the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl that set up New Hampshires winning field goal. That was wrong. Sam Reynolds threw the interception in question.
The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 55 based in Brandon is hosting a one pitch, coed softball tournament the weekend of Sept. 15- 16. The cost of the tournament is $125 with all the profits going to benefit our troops and local veterans. It is going to be a double elimination format, and we are limiting it to the first eight teams to sign up. The tournament will receive full coverage in the Rutland Tribune, including pictures of the top two teams. So if you enjoy playing softball, and would like to help out our troops and veterans get a team together and call Fred at 247 - 6722. But dont delay because once eight teams sign up that will be it. So hurry and call today.