Baseball: South Royalton Edges Danville for D-4 Title

BURLINGTON — The South Royalton Royals pushed across a  run in the bottom of the fifth  inning to break a 3-3 tie and went on to beat the Danville Indians 4-3 to win the 2016 Division 4 championship on Friday night on Centennial Field.

The Royals scored single runs in the first, third and fourth innings to build a 3-0 lead. In the first Nicholas Howe led off with a walk, went first to third on a passed ball and scored on a Dalton McDougal ground aball. In the third Howe singled, stole second, and scored on a McDougal double. Then in the fourth Josh Scoskie walked, and his courtesy runner Kyle Spaulding stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout.

But Danville answered in the fifth. After two out nobody on the Indians would load the bases on a walk, a hit and a hit by pitch, and Andrew Smith would single in two runs before Connor Johnson’s single tied the game at three.

But the Royals took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth. With one out Stephen Paige would reach on an error,  steal second and third and score on a two out single by Dominick Small.

Scoskie took it from there, working six and two third innings, scattering five hits and striking out nine before using up his pitch count.  Justin Brock came to get the final out as catcher Robert Ingham made a spectacular diving catch on a foul pop to end it.

Second seeded South Royalton ends the season at 16-2. Eighth seed Danville ends the year at 8-12.