After earning the No. 3 seed in the Vermont American Legion baseball tournament, S.D. Ireland went 3-0 in the early rounds to advance to the championship round to face Brattleboro Post 5 in the final on Wednesday, July 31.
Brattleboro shutout Rutland 10-0 on Tuesday to set up the matchup with S.D. Ireland to
determine this year’s state champs.
Ireland opened the tournament with a 10-2 win over Rutland on Saturday.
Tyler Skaflestad had two RBIs for the Williston-based team, while Jacob Boliba scored three runs and Sam Morse earned the win after pitching 3 ⅔ innings of relief.
The team followed its opening win with another victory on Monday, defeating the Colchester Cannons, 3-1, behind a complete game pitching performance from Storm Rushford.
Rushford allowed one run on six hits to earn the win. Ian Parent had a home run and Collin Vincent went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
S.D. Ireland booked its spot with their second win on Monday, defeating Brattleboro Post 51 6-1. Parent got the win with a seven-inning pitching performance and Jacob Murphy had an RBI double. Skaflestad added an RBI and run scored.
S.D. Ireland faced Brattleboro in the first game of the championship at 10 a.m. at Colchester High School, looking to clinch. (The newspaper had gone to press before the game was finished.)
If S.D. Ireland loses the first game, the two teams would play again to determine the winner.
In the tournament, South Burlington fell to Post 91 6-5 on Sunday, July 28.