Nov. 20 was a date Tyler Pelland will always remember with fondness. Because it is when the Cincinnati Reds purchased his contract from the Louisville Bats, their triple A affiliate, and placed the 24-year-old Bristol lefthander on the 40-man roster. Though this deal doesnt guarantee that Pelland wont be back in Louisville when the season begins in April, it does mean he will attend his first major league preseason camp, and it will also mean he will get an opportunity to face established major league hitters in preseason games this March. The move will allow Pelland to show off his stuff to the coaching staff of the major league club. And who knows, with a few good outings in March when the team travels back to Cincinnati to open up their season on March 31st against the Arizona Diamondbacks Pelland just might be with them. Pelland was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the ninth round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft. He was traded to the Reds organization on August 18th, 2003. He was the infamous player to be named later in the deal that sent right handed pitcher Scott Williamson to the Boston Red Sox on July 29th, 2003 for Phillip Dumatrait and cash. It didnt take Pelland long to demonstrate to his new organization that they had made a wise deal. He was named a post season All Star in 2004 while pitching for the Billings Mustangs, a rookie league affiliate of the Reds who play in the Pioneer League. Since coming to the Cincinnati organization Pelland has risen steadily through the ranks. He began the 2007 season pitching for the Double A Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League. While there he was 5 - 4 with a 3.95 earned run average (ERA,) while holding opponents to a .251 batting average in thirty-five appearances, before being called up to Louisville. Once promoted to the triple A level Pelland took full advantage of it. In twenty three and two thirds innings of work Pelland held opposing hitters to meager .213 batting average, posted an impressive 3.04 Era while striking out twenty-seven hitters and walking just seven. It was probably these numbers that compelled the Reds to want to take a closer look at the Vermont left hander this spring. Currently Pelland is polishing his skills pitching for the Surprise Rafters of the Winter Arizona Fall League. As the Rafters closer Pelland has made nine appearances and continues to dominate opposing hitters. In eight and one third innings of work Pelland has ten strike outs, and posted an impressive 1.08 ERA. He is currently 1 - 1 with saves for the Rafters. If he can post comprible numbers this March, who knows? This young Vermonter just may be wearing a major league uniform in April. The Middlebury Tigers boys and girls hockey teams were both on the ice last Saturday, and neither got the results they were hoping for. The boys team just couldnt seem to get their offense on track, falling in Manchester to the Burr and Burton Bulldogs 4 - 0. Sooner Dawsen led the Bulldogs with a hat trick, including two goals in the second period. Ben Brownlee rounded out Burr and Burtons scoring. The Bulldogs dominated the contest from the opening face-off, out shooting their guests twenty-five to ten. John Wells had twenty-one saves for Middlebury (1-1) and Jake Griswold made ten stops to record the shutout for the Bulldogs. The Middlebury boys opened their season on Thursday, Nov. 29, with a win over Lake Placid. In the girls game at home against Saint Albans last Saturday offense wasnt the problem, but defense was as the Tigers fell to a 12 - 7 defeat. Caitlin Manahan nailed a hat trick to lead the Comets past the Tigers. Middleburys Laura Barber matched her with a hat trick of her own, and Katie Mandigo just missed the hat trick with a two goal performance. Grace Foshay and Sarah Baudah rounded out the Tigers offensive attack with single goals. Tucker Burns (23 points) and Travis Betourney (18 points) combined to score forty-one oints and lead the Tigers past the Colchester Lakers 65 - 56 last Saturday in Middlebury. Kyle Cauchon and Ian Wilson led the 0 - 1 Lakers with 23 and 11 points respectively.