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.”
In the second of two scheduled games, Adams Glass put runs on the board early and often, scoring five in the second inning and four in the third to maintain a 9-2 lead.
Adams Glass was hoping to end the game via the 10-run rule in the fourth with poor weather on its way, but was unable to do so.
The two teams sat through a one-hour delay before returning to the baseball diamond.
King, who made significant contributions at the plate in the earlier game, pitched six innings and earned the win in the second.
“Ethan King pitched a great game,” John Demarais said. “The team gave him the run support we needed. I’m proud of these guys. We made it hard on ourselves, going through the loser’s bracket, but we made it to the championship game.”
Uliva finished the contest with three hits, with Alex Lamberton and Kevin Sousa each recording two hits each in the 10-6 win.
“After the delay, I think Ethan King got a little tired in the seventh,” John Demarais said. “We were never threatened, but we had to get out of there and go home. The delay killed us, but everybody put the ball in play.”
Adams Glass 10, Franklin County 7
Adams 110 140 3 — 10 11 0
Franklin 102 400 0 — 7 11 2
Sousa, Demarais (4) and McCarthy. Mullins, Mangan (3), Minkier (5) and Minkier and Mullins (5). WP- Demarais. LP- Minkier. 2B- Pomichter (FC), Minkier (FC), McCarthy (AG), Sousa (AG). 3B- Uliva (AG). HR- Soule (FC).
Adams Glass 10, Mount Mansfield 6
Adams 054 010 0 — 10 10 2
Mansfield 110 000 4 — 6 5 4
King, Sousa (7) and McCarthy. Glenn, Pelton (2), Haynes (3), Green (3) and Fitzgerald. WP- King. LP- Glenn. 2B- Glenn (MM), Green (MM), Sousa (AG). 3B- Sousa (AG).