Athletes ages 13-16 from Peoples Academy and Stowe High School are playing American Legion baseball for the Franklin County Post 1 U-16 team known as the Vermont Jays.
The players come from Craftsbury, Morrisville, Sheldon, St. Albans, Stowe and Swanton. The team plays its home games at Peoples Academy.
Here’s a rundown of the team’s latest games.
Clinton County Mariners 2, Vermont Jays 0
Clinton County scored once in the third and again in the sixth to outlast the Jays in the second game of a doubleheader at Peoples Academy.
Ben Alekson, Jack Lund and Jas Zenik all had singles for the Jays and Hayden Frazee took the loss, pitching three innings while allowing one earned run and giving up two hits.
Zachary Rainville, Ryley O’Connell and Nolan Knight had hits for Clinton County and Brady Doorey got the win, striking out six in three innings.
Vermont is now 7-14 on the season.
Clinton County Mariners 7, Vermont Jays 5
The Mariners built a 6-0 lead through three innings, then fended off the Jays’ late rally in the opening game of a doubleheader at Peoples Academy.
Vermont got back in the game with two runs in the fourth, scored once in the sixth and plated two runs in the seventh before its rally stalled.
Jack Lund led the Jays offense, going 3-for-4 with two singles and a double, and Kevin Adams had a single. Peyton Graham took the loss for the Jays, allowing four earned runs in four innings.
Zachary Rainville went 2-for-3 to lead the Mariners offense and Anthony Marion took the win on the mound, striking out six in three innings.
Northtown Wildcats 15, Vermont Jays 1 (5 innings)
The Wildcats jumped on the Jays early, scoring seven runs in the first, then plated eight more runs over the next three innings and the game was called early under the mercy rule.
The game was the Jays’ third and final contest at the Adirondack Lighting Tournament in Lake Placid.
Kevin Adams had a single and a double to lead the Jays offense and Peyton Graham and Hayden Frazee each had a single. Peter Stiebris took the loss for the Jays.
The Wildcats, based in Buffalo, were led by Trevor Tout and Ryan Stark, who each went 2-for-4 with a double; Cole Newman and William Simon also added doubles and Stark earned the win on the mound, striking out six and scattering four hits over five innings.
Vermont Jays 5, Line Drive Lasers 1
The Jays broke open a 1-0 game with four runs in the fifth, then shut down a Lasers rally in the seventh in Vermont’s second game at the Adirondack Lighting Tournament.
Peter Stiebris had two singles for Vermont and Kevin Adams went 2-for-3; his double in the fifth drove in the game-winning run. Ben Alekson earned the win for the Jays, allowing just one earned run in the complete-game effort.
Cal Rogers went 2-for-3 for the Lasers, Charlie Farrell had a single and Dylan Bozeman took the loss, walking six and striking out four while pitching into the fifth.
CNY Pioneers 6, Vermont Jays 1
Up 3-0 after two innings, the Pioneers put the game away with three more runs in the fifth to beat the Jays in the opening game of the Adirondack Lighting Tournament.
The Pioneers took advantage of Jays mishaps to score five unearned runs on the day. Ben Alekson had a single for the Jays and Hayden Frazee took the loss, striking out three, giving up two hits and allowing one earned run in three innings.
Vermont Jays 7, Essex Prep 1
Vermont broke open a 1-1 game with six runs in the top of the seventh to beat Essex.
Both teams scored a single run in the fourth. The Jays plated all six of their runs in the seventh by taking advantage of a slew of walks, errors by Essex and good base running.
Kevin Adams, Ben Alekson and Chandler Follensbee all had singles for Vermont. Alekson got the win, striking out 11 and allowing just three hits in the complete game effort.