In a recent, opening-round match up in the Divison III state tournament, the No. 5-seeded Green Mountain Union High School baseball team knocked off No. 12 Enosburgh, 15-6 at Paul Adams Field in Chester. The win put the Chieftains record at 15-3, heading into a second round match up against defending state champion Leland & Gray.
The big inning for Green Mountain came in the bottom of the third inning when they scored six two-out runs, which turned out to be the difference.
The Chiefs would get three more in the fourth on a two-run hit from Logan Little and a run-scoring single from Justin Veysey to essentially put the game away. Mike Cavacas got the start and win for the Chieftains.
The offense was led by several, with Veysey, Little, TJ Slade, Colton Howard, Ethan Albert and Dominic Strohmeyer all collecting two hits each. Cody Couture started for Enosburgh and took the loss.
In the second round against the two-time, defending state champion Leland & Gray Rebels, the Chieftains went toe-to-toe with the champs and only down a run in the fifth, before the Rebels got two insurance runs on in the bottom of the fifth inning on a bloop-single to center field from Trevor Howe to make it 3-0.
To the Chiefs credit they fought back, scoring a run in the top of the sixth on an RBI-single from Dominic Strohmeyer, but they also left four runners on base over the final three innings and couldn't get that one more "big hit" needed to get back in the game.
Junior fireballer Jason Albert got the start and took the tough-luck loss for the Chiefs but probably deserved a better fate. Despite walking six and hitting a batter, Albert threw 5-and-2/3 strong innings while giving up just four hits and striking out nine. Albert also led the Green Mountain offense with three hits, while Strohmeyer picked up the only RBI for Green Mountain, who finishes their impressive season with a 16-4 record, while Leland & Gray (16-2) moved on to face No. 1 seed Northfield (16-1).