BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The Vermont Lake Monsters closed out the 2011 regular-season with an 11-7 victory over the Tri-City ValleyCats Sunday at historic Centennial Field. The team then had to wait around 80 minutes for Connecticut to lose in 16 innings to Lowell giving Vermont the Stedler Division title.
Vermont, which wins its first division title since 1996, will host the Auburn Doubledays in the first game of a best-of-three semifinal series at Centennial on Tuesday starting at 7:05 pm.
In the second inning, Tri-City scored five runs on just one hit to take a 5-0 lead. The Lake Monsters quickly tied the game with five runs in the bottom of the second on a Jacob Tanis two-out two-run single and a three-run homer from Sean Jamieson.
Jamieson gave the Lake Monsters a 7-5 lead with an RBI single in the fourth, but the ValleyCats were able to tie the game at seven on a Scott RBI triple and Andrew Muren RBI single.
In the seventh, B.A. Vollmuth lined a two-out two-run triple to rightcenter giving Vermont the lead for good at 9-7. Vermont swept its first three-game series of the year and ended the regular-season on a four-game winning streak.