Editor's Note: We welcome sports writer Fred Pockette back to the Outlook after a brief illness.
On Saturday, Aug. 14, at Otter Valley Union High School FL Punt, Pass and Kick registration starts at noon and the competition starts at 1 p.m. The event is open to boys and girls ages 8-15 (as of Dec. 31, 2010)
The kids will participate in 1 of 8 divisions based on their age and gender.
Every participant will receive a certificate. The top three in each division receive a ribbon.
The winner of each division will move onto the sectionals. There they will have a chance to qualify for the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS team championship to be held at a Patriots home game this season. If they get that far they will be competing for a spot in the national championship, which will be held at a conference championship game in January.
Parents are asked to bring a copy of each participants birth certificate for proof of age.
For further information please call Fred at (802)247-6722
Lake Monsters Cool Off as August Starts
After opening the final full month of the regular season with a 13-4 win over the Lowell Spinners on August 1st, the Vermont Lake Monsters dropped their next three to open up the month 1-3. The Tri -Valley Cats swept the Lake Monsters in a brief two game set played in New York Aug. 2 and Aug. 3.
The Monsters then returned home Aug. 4 where they lost the opening game of a three game series against the Auburn Doubledays 6-3. Following that game Vermont fell to 25 - 20 on the year, and their lead over the Connecticut Tigers in the New York - Penn League's Stedlar division had shrunk to a mere half game.
Tri-City scored seven runs in the bottom of the third inning as the ValleyCats opened the two-game series with a 10-1 victory Aug. 2 at Bruno Stadium.
Jacke Healey led off the third with his fourth home run of the season for the first run of the game. The Valley Cats scored another run on a bases loaded sacrifice fly before a Michael Kvasnicka two-run single and a throwing error by centerfielder Connor Rowe gave Tri-Cit a 5-0 lead. David Adamson capped off the inning with a two-run homer, his fourth of season, for a seven-run lead.
The ValleyCats added another run in the fourth on a Wilson Infante leadoff triple and Ben Orloff RBI single. Enrique Hernandez led off the seventh with a triple and scoree on a RBI single from Tyler Burnett, who later scored on a Wilson Eusebio wild pitch.
The Lake Monsters were able to avert the shutout with a run in the ninth inning. Hendry Jimenez led off with a single, moved to second on a walk and scored on a Ronnie LaBrie RBI single. It was the second hit of the night for LaBrie and also his team-leading 27th RBI on the season.
Vermont starter Taylor Jordan (1-2) allowed seven runs on seven hits over three innings for the loss, while Eusebio three runs on five hits over 3 1/3 innings. Kevin Cahill gave up two hits, but all five outs were recorded by strikeout.
Jake Buchanan (3-2) gave up just two hits with a walk and three strikeouts over six innings for the win. Six different ValleyCats had two hits as Tri-City collected 14 hits in the game. After Vermont shutout Tri-City in three straight games June 28-30, the ValleyCats have won their last three games against the Lake Monsters and have scored 28 runs in three wins.
The Tri-City Valley Cats completed the two-game sweep and moved to five games behind first-place Vermont with a 5-3 New York-Penn League victory over the Lake Monsters on Tuesday night, August 3rd at Bruno Stadium.
Tri-City jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead as Ben Orloff led off the bottom of the first with a double and scored on a Kike Hernandez RBI single. Vermont tied the game in the second on Justin Miller's second home run of the season, but the ValleyCats regained the lead in third on a Ben Heath sacrifice fly scoring Hernandez.
Vermont again tied the game in the fourth on as David Freitas led off with a double and scored on a Ronnie LaBrie RBI single, but Tri-City scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good. Adam Bailey led off with a double and scored as Lake Monster starting pitcher Chris McKenzie threw a Jacke Healey sacrifice bunt past LaBrie at first base for an error. Healey scored later in the inning on a Orloff RBI single for a 4-2 lead.
The Lake Monsters got one of the runs back in the fifth on a Freitas RBI groundout, but Tyler Burnett restored the lead back to two with a solo homer in the seventh inning off reliever Glenn Gibson. Vermont went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, including 0-for-2 in the eighth after a Wade Moore one-out double.
Hernandez and Burnett both went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI for Tri-City (20-24), which each of its last four meetings against the Lake Monsters. Murillo Gouvea (1-3) allowed one run on three hits over 2 2/3 innings of relief for the victory, while Jorge De Leon tossed a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.
Freitas, Miller and Blake Kelso each had two hits for the Lake Monsters, while Moore's eighth-inning double extended his current hitting streak to seven games. McKenzie (1-2) was charged with four runs (three earned) on seven hits in four innings for the loss, while Mark Herrera gave up one hit and recorded all four outs in his 1 1/3 innings by strikeout.
Marcus Knecht went 2-for-5 with three RBIs, including a two-run single in the fifth inning to give the Doubledays the lead for good, as Auburn beat the Vermont Lake Monsters 6-3 in New York-Penn League action Aug. 4t to open up a three game series at historic Centennial Field.
The Doubledays trailed 1-0 when they scored three runs on just one hit in the fifth inning. Vermont starter Chad Jenkins, who had allowed two hits and two walks in the first four innings, lost the strike zone in the fifth as he allowed a run on three walks and a hit batter. Reliever Neil Holland then came in for Jenkins and Knecht promptly smacked a line drive single to center to score two runs for a 3-1 Auburn lead.
Auburn increased the lead to 5-1 with solo homers in the sixth from Jack Murphy and eighth from Knecht, then added another run in the eighth on a Gustavo Pierre sacrifice fly for a five-run lead. Those runs would prove important for the Doubleday as Vermont, which had just one run on two hits over the first eight innings, rallied in the ninth inning for two runs and had the winning run at the plate when the game ended.
Pinch hitter Russell Moldenhauer, playing in his first game for Vermont since July 15, lined a one-out double to left and then after a Jason Martinson infield single, David Freitas smacked a two-run double to right-center to cut the deficit to 6-3. After a fly out for the second out, Ronnie LaBrie and Kevin Keyes both walked to bring the winning run to the plate, but Wilfri Pena struck out swinging to end the game.
Auburn starter Jesse Hernandez (2-3) allowed just one run on one hit with one walk and six strikeouts over six innings for the victory, while Zach Anderson came on in relief to strikeout Pena to end the game and earn his second save for the Doubledays.
Jenkins (2-3) allowed three runs on two hits with six walks over 4 2/3 innings for the loss, while Blake Kelso had Vermont's only hit over the first seven innings with a leadoff triple in the fourth. Kelso scored on a sac fly from Freitas, who had all three Vermont RBI in the game. The loss was the third straight for Vermont and ninth in the last 11 games, while also the first loss for the Lake Monsters in the first game of their six home stands so far this season.