HINESBURG — Right hander Tyler Wells tossed a complete game five hitter and delivered the key hit in an eight run 6th inning as the eighth seeded St. Johnsbury Academy Hilltoppers shocked the top seeded CVU Redhawks 11-2 on Saturday afternoon in Hinesburg.
Trailing 1-0 to CVU starter Liam Reiner heading into the sixth, the Academy sent 13 men to the plate and erupted for eight runs. Nick Guckin’s bases loaded single tied the game, Hunter Palmieri’s high chopper to third pushed St. Johnsbury on top by a run, and Jacob Cady’s single to left made it 3-1 before Wells launched a long shot to left center field, clearing the bases and give the ‘Toppers a 6-1 lead. Jake Choiniere and Jasper Rankin then both drove in runs with their second hits of the inning to complete the onslaught.
The visitors then added three more off the CVU bullpen in the seventh to finish off the Redhawks.
Choiniere led the Academy with three of their 14 hits. Wells, Rankin and Shane Alercio each added two hits and Wells finished with four RBIs.
On the hill the righthander scattered five hits, while not walking a batter and striking out four.
Now 11-7 on the season St. Johnsbury will travel to 4th seeded South Burlington for a semifinal matchup on Tuesday. CVU meanwhile, sees their season end at 16-2.