COLCHESTER, Vt. — One day removed from a heartbreak loss to Colchester, the Adams Glass Senior Babe Ruth team returned to Airport Park, earning back-to-back victories against Franklin County and Mount Mansfield 10-7 and 10-6 Sunday.
With the wins, the Peru-based team advanced to the Vermont Senior Babe Ruth Tournament championship game for a rematch with Colchester at 5:30 p.m. today. Adams Glass, which finished third in the Vermont Senior Babe Ruth Tournament a season ago, has to beat Colchester twice to win the Tournament championship today.
Adams Glass registered a three-run win over Franklin County to open play Sunday.
“We came out with a lot more energy and did a good job putting the ball in play,” Adams Glass coach John Demarais said. “We had 11 hits and our base runners were aggressive, stealing eight bases.”
With a tie game going into the bottom of the fourth inning, Franklin County’s Corey Soule tagged a three-run home run over the centerfield wall.
After an additional run, Franklin County extended its lead to 7-4.
“The team showed a lot of character after the three-run homer,” Demarais said. “We used that as momentum for us.”
Getting players on and moving runners around with an aggressive approach, Luis Pepen-Matos belted a pinch-hit single in the top of the fifth to score the tying run.
Adams Glass notched three more runs on the board in the seventh inning to win the ballgame, 10-7.
Ethan King and Nick Uliva each recorded multiple hits.
Nick Demarais, who entered the game in relief in the fourth inning, earned the victory on the mound.
Matt Minkier was tagged with the loss.
“Nick Demarais was a bulldog in relief,” John Demarais said. “He was hitting his spots and his curveball was the best I’ve ever seen.”