BURLINGTON — The South Burlington Wolves, the Windsor Yellow Jackets and the Lake Region Lakers all won championships on a busy Saturday of VPA state championship action on Centennial Field.
In the first game of the day the fourth seeded Wolves broke a 3-3 tie with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning and went on to beat third seed Colchester 5-3 for the Division One title. Ben Tate’s two out bloop double down the right field line drove in the winning runs and Sammy Premsagar worked three and two thirds innings of scoreless relief as the Wolves won their first title since 2007.
In game two Windsor broke open a close game with four runs in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth as the Yellow Jackets blew past Green Mountain Union 10-2 for the Division Three title. Justin Smith, Dakota Page, Duncan Frazer, and Seth Balch each drove in two runs and Balch tossed a two hitter while striking out 10 to earn the title for the top seeded Jackets.
In the final game of the day Dylan Gagnon’s two out RBI single in the top of the seventh inning broke up a great pitchers duel and sixth seeded Lake Region won their first ever championship in baseball, edging top seeded Lamoille 1-0. Gagnon’s hit which drove home Noah Royer from second, gave the win to Rangers starter Parker Brown. Brown tossed a complete game four hitter, striking out 15 and walking only two to best Lamoille starter Nick Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald also allowed only four hits and fanned nine in the tough luck loss.