The season has wrapped up for the Vermont Jays, an American Legion baseball team with athletes ages 13-16 from Peoples Academy and Stowe High.
The Jays are actually the Franklin County Post 1 U-16 team; players come from Craftsbury, Morrisville, Sheldon, St. Albans, Stowe and Swanton. The team has played its home games at Peoples Academy.
Here’s a recap of how the team did at its final tournament of the year in Cooperstown, N.Y., home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Montreal Titans 9, Vermont Jays 3
Three runs in the second and three more in the fifth helped Montreal pull away from Vermont in the opening round of the playoffs at the Backyard Classic in Cooperstown.
The loss knocked Vermont out of the tournament, as the team finished two days of play with a 2-1 record.
Each team scored once in the first inning, then Montreal starting piling up runs — three in the second, another in the third, three in the fifth and one in the seventh.
The Jays mounted a rally in the bottom of the seventh, but it fizzled.
Joe Buonanno smashed a triple for the Jays, Chris Mulheron went 2-for-3 with a double and Ben Alekson and Cole Woodland each had a single. Peyton Graham took the loss for the Jays.
Elliot Tar, JT Huneray and Lucas Lanni had two hits apiece to lead Montreal and Jacob Nutt got the win, going the distance on the mound while striking out three and giving up five hits.
The Backyard Classic was the final tournament of the season for the Jays, who finished the summer with a record of 10-14.
Vermont Jays 6, Montreal Titans 1
The Jays built a 4-0 lead through three innings, then beat Montreal in Vermont’s second game at the Backyard Classic in Cooperstown, New York.
The win earned the Jays the No. 2 seed in the playoff bracket.
Joe Buonanno and Jack Lund each had a single and a double for Vermont, and Kevin Adams, Ben Alekson, Hayden Frazee, Dylan Sautter and Cole Woodland all had singles.
Alekson was the winning pitcher for Vermont, striking out eight and allowing just two hits in seven innings.
Vermont Jays 7, Turning 2 1
The Jays broke open a tie game with six runs in the sixth to beat Turning 2 in the opening game of the Backyard Classic.
The Jays went up 1-0 in the second, but Turning 2, a squad based in Le Roy, N.Y., tied it up in the fifth. Vermont scored six runs in the next inning and the game was called after the sixth based on the two-hour limit for tournament games.
Hayden Frazee went 2-for-3 to lead the Jays offense, Chris Mulheron had a double and Chandler Follensbee, Jack Lund and Peter Steibris had singles. Frazee was the winning pitcher, striking out four and giving up two hits in five innings. Ben Alekson pitched the sixth to get the save, striking out two.