ST. JOHNSBURY – Colchester ended a 14-year title drought in grand fashion.
Vinny Wagoner delivered a one-out grand slam in the bottom of the fourth inning as Colchester pulled away from St. Johnsbury 9-2 to capture the 11 and 12-year-old Little League baseball state championship on Monday night.
It’s the first state crown for the Colchester all-stars since 2006.
Wagoner, who tossed 5 2/3 innings of no-hit ball in Sunday’s semifinals, lined his homer over the left field fence, giving Colchester a commanding 7-2 lead.
Starter Jackson Pecor pitched five innings Monday, allowing two runs, five hits
and fanning eight for Colchester, which went undefeated in its run to the District I tournament to qualify for states.
Landon Merchant, who doubled in a two-hit game at the plate, came on the sixth inning to close it out with a trio of strikeouts.
Carson Finn went 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored for St. Johnsbury, which
earned a state berth as the tournament host, then knocked off
top-seeded Browns River 2-1 in the semifinals.
Liam Paquette took the loss for St. Johnsbury, which was also playing in its first state final in 35 years.
After St. Johnsbury took a 1-0 lead on James Hatch’s bases-loaded walk, Colchester quickly plated three runs in the home half of the first inning via a Johnny Luter RBI single and a Charlie Gauthier two-run single.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the New England Regional tournament was canceled earlier this year.
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