Colchester, St. Johnsbury advance to Little League baseball state championship

Vinny Wagoner celebrates scoring a run with teammate Jackson Pecor during second-seeded Colchester's 7-1 win over third-seeded Connecticut Valley North in a Vermont Little League 11-12-year-old state baseball tournament semifinal at Legion Field on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020.

ST. JOHNSBURY – Then there were two.

Colchester and host St. Johnsbury will square off for the Little League baseball 11-12-year-old state championship after winning their respective semifinals on Sunday. They meet here Monday to decide the title.

St. Johnsbury got there in walk-off fashion, topping Browns River 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth. Bryce Gordon’s sacrifice fly to left field brought home Carson Finn for the decisive run. 

Gordon gave up one run on three hits and fanned nine batters in 4 2/3 innings as St. Johnsbury’s starter. Liam Paquette earned the win in relief with four strikeouts. Dylan Sicard tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-hit ball with 11 strikeouts in the losing effort for Browns River.

Cedric Manassa-Curnin celebrates scoring the game's first run during fourth-seeded St. Johnsbury's 2-1 win over No. 1 Browns River in a Vermont Little League 11-12-year-old state baseball tournament semifinal at Legion Field on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020.

St. Johnsbury will be playing for its first state championship in 35 years.

In Sunday’s other semifinal, Colchester bounced Connecticut Valley North 7-1 behind a combined no-hitter from Vinny Wagoner and Jackson Pecor. 

Wagoner struck out 12 in 5 1/3 innings, walking three and yielding no earned runs. Pecor earned the save with a pair of outs. 

Landon Merchant had three RBIs for Colchester, including a two-run single in the second. Johnny Luter and Sawyer Cyphers had RBI singles in the first to give their team a 3-1 lead. Jacob Robare also plated a run in the sixth.

Jonny Smith scored the lone run for CVN.

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