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July 11th, 2013
ORLEANSâ€“The NEK Junior Golf Tour opened play at the Orleans Country Club on Wednesday afternoon.
The day began with a one hour golf clinic at noon before tournament play got underway at 1:00, followed by lunch and prizes after.
The twenty-one participants were divided into three groups, boys 8-11 and 12-15, and girls division that had players ranging in age from 11-14.
Here are the results and club affiliations of the players from the first stop of the tour.
NEWPORTâ€“Alex Giroux is a good golfer.
Actually, Alex Giroux is a very good golfer, but you would never know that if you sat down to talk with him.
The soft-spoken fourteen year-old from Derby is one of the best young golfers in the state of Vermont, and he has back-to-back Vermont State Junior Stroke Play Championships to prove it.
But he was so quiet about it, even the Newport Country Club's Head Pro Kim O'Neil didn't know he had won in 2011 until the 2012 tournament.
But you don't just up and win titles, not in this game.
BARTONâ€“Hunter Perkins struck out 16 batters, including setting down the side in order by way of the K three times, as Hartford defeated Lake Region 9-2 to win the Vermont State 12-U Cal Ripken championship on Sunday afternoon.
Lake Region coach Shawn Perron was extremely proud of his team's efforts in the loss.
"I thought it was a well rounded effort," said the coach. "I thought our bats did what I expected them to do, and our defense was awesome. Defense is what kept us in this entire game."
For the full story, see the Express on Monday, 7-8-13.
NEW LONDON, CT-What started out on high noted ended with two straight defeats, as the OEC Lightning Junior Legion went 1-2 at the War at the Shore baseball tournament this past weekend.
Things got off to a good start as the Lightning opened up play with a 3-2 win. Colin Myrick and Shane Goodell alternated on the bump for the blue and white, and limited the CT Gamers to just two runs.
With the bases loaded and score knotted at 2-2, Ryan O'Donell's walk-off hit was the difference as the Lightning won the contest 3-2.
BARTONâ€“The baseball diamond in downtown Barton will be the site of the 2013 12-U Vermont State Cal Ripken Championship, starting on Friday July 5th.
Lake Region is the host team and North Country, despite losing in their district final, will also be at the tournament.
The other two teams will come from the Randolph area and Hartford.
Going into play on Friday, Lake Region has to be considered one of the favorites, as they reeled off three wins in a row to win the district tournament up here last weekend.
ORLEANS-The Orleans County Babe Ruth season came to a close on Saturday June 29, 2013 with LR 2 defeating LR 1 13 to 2.
LR 2 ended the season with an 8 game win streak to claim the title.
LR 1 outlasted a determined North Country squad, in a classic double elimination tournament that saw North Country win the first game, but LR 1 battled back to play in the championship game.
All local athletes did a tremendous job in the short season.
The regular season included games with the Lyndon Babe Ruth league, providing our youngsters the opportunity to compete on a larger stage.
BARTON-This past weekend, North Country and Lake Region completed the 12-U District Championship Tournament.
On Thursday, North Country took it to Lake Region, beating them 10-0 in four innings.
This put the pressure on Lake Region to defeat Northfield Saturday, then win back-to-back games over NC to take the title.
Lake Region cruised on Saturday, despite a change in venue to Barton due to the saturated field at Gardner Park and a one hour rain delay.
Solid pitching and timely hitting were the keys to the North Country 10 & Under All-Star teamâ€™s success at the Tournoi National in Drummondville from June 21st -23rd.
NC pitchers Jack Young, Bryce â€śGunneyâ€ť Gunn, David Lessard and Isaac Bliss combined to allow only five runs in four games to take home the championship banner.
For the full story, see the Express on 7-3-13.
NEWPORT-In what could only be called a shocker, North Country shut-out Lake Region in District Tournament play on Thursday.
Aidan Gariepy was dominant, getting the win for the maroon and blue.
His backstop Nick Bingham was a beast at the plate, driving in two runs in the third to break open what was a 2-0 game.
Oh, and he also yanked home as well.
With the win, North Country all but writes their ticket to the State Tournament.
Lake Region, who will be hosting States in Barton, already gets a bye into the Tourney.
NEWPORTâ€“With the sun shining bright, drying out a field that was soaked earlier in the day by rain, North Country amassed ten runs in the first four innings to defeat Lake Region 10-0 to advance to the Vermont State 10-U Cal Ripken Tournament.
David Lessard got the start for North Country, and he was on fire, striking out the first six batters he faced on twenty-nine pitches.
Lessard would get the offense started as well, drawing a first inning walk, stealing second and scoring on a double steal.