Championship Saturday Recap: Baseball

It was a triple play of high school baseball state championship games Saturday at Centennial Field.

The day started with the Division One state final pitting third seed Colchester against number four South Burlington. The Wolves' Ben Tate broke up a 3-3 tie with a two run single and Sam Premsagar throw three and two thirds innings of scoreless relief to give South Burlington a 5-3 win and it's first D-1 championship since 2007. The Wolves built an early 3-0 lead, but Colchester rallied to tie before Tate's fifth inning heroics put SBHS ahead to stay and claim a long sought state crown.

The second game turned into a fantastic pitchers duel as top seed Lamoille faced number sixth Lake Region in the Division Two state final. Lamoille's Nick Fitzgerald and Lake Region's Parker Brown went toe to toe. Both allowed just four hits...Fitzgerald struck out nine...but Brown rung up 15 Lancers. In the top of the seventh, Lake Region's Dylan Gagnon lined a two out single to left to score Noah Royer for what turned out to be the game's only run as Lake Region, in the state final for the first time since 1989, wins the D-2 Championship, the first in program history.

In the finale, Windsor capped a memorable school year with a 10-2 win over Green Mountain in the Division Three championship game. The Yellowjackets blew open a tight 3-2 game with four runs in the bottom of the fifth, including a two run single from Justin Smith to build a 7-2 lead and never look back. Seth Balch went the distance, allowing two hits and striking out ten. The win gave Windsor a second baseball state crown in three years and completed an impressive title winning trifecta this school year as the Yellowjackets also won the D-3 football title in the fall and the Division Three boys basketball championship this past winter.