After an 11-year hiatus, the Twin State Baseball Classic featuring many of the top high school seniors from Vermont and New Hampshire will return to the diamond this June. Representatives from the Vermont Baseball Coaches Association and the New Hampshire Baseball Coaches Association made the announcement today.
Originally held from 1983 to 2004, the renewal of Twin State Baseball Classic will take place at Holman Stadium in Nashua, New Hampshire on Saturday, June 20, 2015. First pitch of game one of the doubleheader (two seven-inning games) will be at 11 a.m. The Vermont squad will be the top seniors from the all four divisions of the state while for the immediate future the Granite State will be made up of New Hampshire's top seniors from its Division III and IV. Both rosters will be announced in early June.
'Having grown up in Vermont, I always looked at the Twin State games as the ultimate rivalry game for high school baseball,' said Brent Demas, a native of the Montpelier, Vermont-area who is now the head baseball coach at Londonderry High in New Hampshire, 'I always felt there was a big hole when this event was discontinued. Being able to help bring these games back has been a very satisfying experience, and one that we are very excited about,' added Demas who is a driving force behind the classic's return.
'I am extremely pleased that the Vermont and New Hampshire coaches have agreed to resume the Twin State Baseball Classic to make it part of the high school baseball experience. This opportunity for our baseball seniors has been sorely missed for the past 11 years,' said Jeff Stetson, longtime coach at Mount Abraham Union High in Bristol, Vermont, who will head up the 2015 Vermont squad. 'The honor of representing the state is something that our student-athletes remember forever. I have had players from the game twenty or so years ago thank me for the tremendous experience they had at the Twin State Baseball Classic.
Joining Stetson, who had previously been on several Vermont coaching staffs, will be fellow coaching veterans Mike Brown of BFA Fairfax, Kevin Bellomo of Rutland High and Scott Blood of Blue Mountain Union of Wells River. The New Hampshire coaching staff will be announced at a later date.
The rain date for the 2015 classic is Sunday, June 21. The site of the game will alternate each year between the two states. Built in 1937 and renovated in 2002, Nashua's Holman Stadium has been the longtime home of several minor league teams and is currently the home of the Nashua Silver Knights of the summer Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
The annual Vermont Baseball Coaches Association spring clinic and state association meeting will be held Saturday, March 14 at the Essex High School gymnasium. Baseball coaches at all levels are invited to attend. The clinic fee is $25 per person and registration starts at 8:30 a.m.
Following registration and the annual state association meeting that begins at 9 a.m., the annual coaches clinic will be held in the Essex High gymnasium. Highlighting the clinicians and speakers are a pair of presentations by Aaron Izayrk, current Bridgton Academy baseball coach and manager of the Sanford Mainers of the NECBL. There also will be a presentation by area coaches regarding social media and baseball teams.
All high school and amateur coaches are encouraged to become a member of the VBCA, an organization that promotes, publicizes and enhances baseball in the state of Vermont. Membership dues are $25 per school or amateur team. High School membership entitles your school's coaches and senior baseball players for post-season all-star consideration as well as participation in the annual VBCA Junior Showcase.
North Takes Pair From South in 2014 VBCA Senior All-Star Baseball Doubleheader
August 9, 2014
Game 1: North 8, South 2 Game 2: North 6, South 0
Contact: Bruce Bosley (email@example.com) RUTLAND, Vt. -- Solid pitching and timely late game hitting lifted the North to a doubleheader sweep over the South, 8-2 and 6-0, in the annual Vermont Baseball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Game Saturday at St. Peters Field in Rutland. Gabe Dichard (South Burlington) doubled and tripled in the win in the lidlifter and four RBI by Jonathan Palmer (Essex) completed the sweep in game two. Six North hurlers combined over the 14 innings to give up 11 hits, one walk and a hit batter, and only one earned run while its defense committed just one error in each tilt.
In game one, Luke Russell (Harwood) went 2-for-3 with a walk, scored twice and drove in two more, and his RBI-single snapped a 1-1 tie in a two-run fifth. Dichard led the sixth with a triple and Elijah Eaton (Missisquoi Valley) singled in two more in a five-run outburst as the North pulled away for the 8-2 win. Josh Laroche (Missisquoi Valley) also went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in. Sawyer Kamman (Mount Abraham) went the first three innings allowing an unearned run with four strikeouts. Josiah Benoit (Middlebury) picked up the win in relief with Josh Kennison (Spaulding) earning the save. For the South in the opener, Dougie Avellino (Woodstock) had two singles and Noah Rizio (Burr and Burton), who suffered the loss on the mound, added a RBI-double. Starter Zack Lanzillo (MSJ) went the first four innings giving up two hits, one run while striking out four. Palmer's two-out triple scored a pair in the fifth to break a scoreless tie in game two and his two-out, two-run single added two more in a four-run seventh to back more strong North pitching. Aaron Smith (Middlebury), Russell and Jake LeVan (South Burlington) scattered just five hits, only one after the third, while not walking a single hitter. Russell, who picked up the victory, also added another single and Wyatt Prue (North Country) went 2-for-4 with a RBI-double and David Laroche (Missisquoi Valley) chipped in with a RBI-single. Avellino was 2-for-3 with a double for the South to finish 4-for-5 over the two games. Starting pitcher Matt Upright (Mount Anthony) allowed just two hits in four solid innings on the mound and added a single at the plate. Rizio also went 1-for-2 in the nightcap and 2-for-3 in the twinbill. Matt Thayer (Windsor) caught every inning for the South on the day scoring a run in the opener and went 1-for-3 in game two. Game One: South 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2-6-1 North 1 0 0 0 2 5 x 8-9-1 South: Zack Lanzillo, Noah Rizio (5), Ethan Hill (6) and Matt Thayer; North: Sawyer Kamman, Josiah Benoit (4), Josh Kennison (6) and Deryck Colburn. WP- Benoit; LP- Rizio; S- Kennison 2B: North: Zach Dichard, Davis Guyer, Luke Russell; South: Rizio. 3B: North: Dichard. Game Two: North 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 6-8-1 South 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-5-3 North: Aaron Smith, Russell (4), Jake LeVan (6) and David Laroche; South: Matt Upright, Andrew Cassarino (5) and Thayer. WP- Russell; LP- Cassarino; S-LeVan 2B: South- Dougie Avellino; North- Wyatt Prue; 3B: North- Jonathan Palmer.
Rosters Announced for Saturday's VBCA North-South Senior All-Star Game
Annual VBCA All-Star Game On Tap For Saturday, August 9
August 6, 2014
RUTLAND, Vt. -- Many of the state's finest high school senior baseball players will compete in the annual Vermont Baseball Coaches Association North-South Senior All-Star Game to be held Saturday, August 9, 2014 at St. Peters Field in Rutland. First pitch of game one of the doubleheader is at 11 a.m. The thirty-five senior student-athletes represent 22 different high school programs from all four divisions throughout Vermont.
Rutland's Kevin Bellomo and Don Swinyer of Windsor will lead the South squad that includes: Chris McAuliffe, Brattleboro; Noah Rizio, Burr and Burton; Cameron Gaudette, Hartford; Shane Quenneville, Otter Valley; Ellis Baker and Matt Upright, Mount Anthony; Zack Lanzillo, Mount St. Joseph; Brett Kelley and Sean Shepardson, Poultney; Andrew Cassarino and Collin Clark, Rutland; Austin Phillips, West Rutland; Tyson Boudro, Ethan Hill and Matt Thayer, Windsor; Doug Avellino and Bradley Lewis, Woodstock.
Heading up the North coaching staff will be Roy Sargent of Missisquoi Valley and Luke Goyette of South Burlington, assisted by Marshall Ploof of Missisquoi Valley. Members of the North are: Brett Elliott, Danville; Jonathan Palmer, Essex; Luke Russell, Harwood; Deryck Colburn and Davis Guyer, Lyndon; Josiah Benoit and Aaron Smith, Middlebury; Elijah Eaton, David Laroche and Josh Laroche, Missisquoi Valley; Aaron Benway and Sawyer Kamman, Mount Abraham; Sean Springer, Mount Mansfield; Ryan O'Donnell and Wyatt Prue, North Country; Zach Dichard and Jake LeVan, South Burlington; Josh Kennison, Spaulding.
Admission to the twinbill is free. The rain date is Sunday, August 10.
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Former Vermont High School Players Receive 2014 NCAA Conference Honors
Many former Vermont high school baseball players on NCAA collegiate rosters received all-conference honors and awards in the 2014 season.
The honorees are from the 90+ former Vermont high school baseball players to play or coach at NCAA institutions this spring from over 40 different Vermont high school programs representing all four VPA divisions from all over the Green Mountain State.
Highlighting the honorees are Norwich sophomore Billy Whaley of Northfield who was a first team All-Great Northeast Athletic Conference selection and Castleton junior Nate Swahn of Rutland who was the Most Outstanding Player of the North Atlantic Conference Championship after leading the Spartans to the 2014 NAC title and a berth in the 2014 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship.
2014 Conference Honors:
Billy Whaley, So, RHP/1B, Norwich (Northfield): All-Great Northeast Athletic Conference, first team
Tyler Lord, Jr., OF, Castleton (South Burlington): All-North Atlantic Conference, second team
Tyler Pelletier, Jr., SS, Lyndon State (BFA-St. Albans): All-North Atlantic Conference, second team; NAC All-Championship Team
Sam Spencer, So., RHP, Castleton, (Mt. Mansfield/West Bolton); All-North Atlantic Conference, second team
Kyle Whitworth, Sr., C, Lyndon State (Brattleboro): All-North Atlantic Conference, second team
CASTLETON, Vt. -- The annual Vermont Baseball Coaches Association Junior Showcase was held on Friday, June 20, 2014 at Castleton State College's Spartan Field in Castleton, Vt. and was a great success for the third straight year.
Forty Vermont high school baseball student-athletes displayed their skills and participated in a controlled game for New England and Northeast region college baseball coaches from 16 different programs from all three divisions.
Coaches from the following collegiate programs were on hand to evaluate the prospects: Castleton State, Lyndon State, Norwich, Saint Michael's, Southern Vermont College, College of St. Joseph (Vt.), UAlbany, Plattsburgh State, Wheaton, Endicott, Nichols, St. Lawrence, Clarkson, Worcester State, Colby-Sawyer and New England College.
Among the highlights of the prospects skills were: fastest 60-yard time, Deegan Poland (Champlain Valley, OF); top catcher POP time, Andrew Graziano (St. Johnsbury Academy, C) and Skylar LaFerriere (Rutland, C);top pitcher-velocity, Tyler Davis (Blue Mountain Union, RHP); and top pitcher-accuracy, Tyler Lamphere (Milton, RHP).
Special thanks from the VBCA go out to: Ted Shipley of Castleton State College for the use of his program's facility; Vermont umpires Larry Riegert and Denny Barnard for donating their time, and the head coaches and assistants from VBCA member schools that volunteered at the showcase.
For the third straight season nearly 90 former Vermont high school players from all four divisions statewide were represented on 2014 NCAA Division I, II and III baseball rosters. Many of the freshmen on 2014 rosters participated in the first VBCA Showcase in 2012. Several Vermonters earned all-conference honors or participated on teams that advanced to the NCAA Baseball Championship.
Details regarding the fourth annual VBCA Junior Showcase will be available in Spring 2015.
D1 - #3 Rice Memorial vs. #5 South Burlington, Saturday at Centennial Field, Burlington - 1:00 p.m.
D3 - #1 BFA Fairfax vs. #2 Poultney, Saturday at Centennial Field, Burlington - 4:00 p.m.
D4 - #1 Blue Mountain vs. #2 Mount St. Joseph, Saturday at Centennial Field, Burlington - 7:00 p.m.
Monday, June 16, 2014:
D2 - #1 Harwood vs. #2 Mill River, Thursday at Recreation Field, Montpelier - 6:00 p.m.
(postponed from Thursday, June 12 due to inclement weather)
VBCA volunteers are needed for all four games for t-shirt sales and 50-50 raffle. Great source of income for the VBCA. If available for all or any of the games, please contact at email@example.com or Bruce Bosley at firstname.lastname@example.org