by George Commo
Hinesburg — The BFA St. Albans Bobwhites rallied from a 3-0 deficit, scoring four runs without a hit over the final two innings to beat the CVU Redhawks 4-3 on Saturday in Hinesburg. With the win BFA claims the top seed in the upcoming VPA Division One tournament.
CVU had built a 3-0 lead on single runs in the second, third and fifth innings. In the second Will Bernicke led with a double, moved to third on an error and scored on an RBI single by Jack Dugan, In the third Hayden Smith led with a double and scored on a RBI ground out. In the fifth Smith singled, stole second and third, and scored on a Shea Ireland sacrifice fly.
It seemed that would be enough. CVU ace Rayne Supple worked into the 6th inning with the lead, and depending on whose scorebook you believed, he was working on a no hitter or a one hitter as well. The only hit in my book was credited to BFA catcher Jake Morrill whose first inning grounder was corralled on a diving stop by first baseman Bernicke. But his toss to Supple covering failed to connect, with Morrill ending up at second base. I scored it a hit and an error … others scored it an error all the way. Either way Supple worked around it and dominated the Bobwhites through four innings, not allowing another base runnner while strikng out seven.
He started to struggle a bit with his command in the fifth, walking leadoff man Charlie Richardson on four pitches, but he worked around it, getting the next three men in order. In the sixth Supple again walked the leadoff man, this time Nick Berno. Down 3-0 Berno stole second and it paid off as Ryan Connor reached a throwing error and Berno scored to cut the Redhawk lead to 3-l. But after another error Supple worked out of the inning with his tenth and eleventh strikeouts of the game and CVU took a 3-1 lead into the seventh.
But again command issues got Supple in trouble, as he walked the seventh and eighth hitters in the Bobwhite order to start the inning. Then after a popped up bunt for the first out of the inning, Berno too square around, and he got the bunt down. The throw to first base sailed high and wide and then as the ball was retrieved in foul ground a second throw got away as well. Amazingly when the dust had cleared all three of the Bobwhites runners had rounded the bases and BFA had a 4-3 lead. Richardson relieved starter Mark Connor for BFA and worked around a Smith leadoff single to record the save, and BFA had the win, and with it the top seed in Division One.
Connor scattered eight hits over six innings to get the win. He worked out of constant trouble as the Redhawks left eight men on base over his six innings, six of them in scoring position.
Supple allowed, again either a single hit or no hits over six and a third, striking out eleven. But four walks and sloppy CVU defense cost him a win.
BFA heads to the second season 14-2. CVU is 13-3.