By Edd Merritt | The Charlotte News
SD Ireland American Legion baseball team has a couple of familiar names
CVU standout ball players Andrew Bortnick and Sam Mikell are continuing their seasons this summer playing for the SD Ireland-sponsored American Legion baseball team. So far, Ireland stands at 4 wins, 3 losses and (unusual in baseball) a tie. In that tie, Mikell pitched four innings, allowing no runs. Bortnick was the hitter for the team when it topped Stowe 9-3 several days earlier. He hit two out of three times at the plate, one being a double, and had two RBIs.
Bortnick and Mikell also contribute to Twin-State series
Vermont and New Hampshire continued their close Twin-State Baseball series, splitting a doubleheader by a single run in each game. After losing 6-5 in the opener, played at Lyndon State College, Vermont came back in the second game thanks to strong relief pitching from Redhawk Andrew Bortnick, who gained the 2-1 win. Sam Mikell’s single drove in one of the Green Mountain State’s runs, and Bortnick scored on an error.
CVU’s Tyler Marshall named “Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year”
Winning the three races he entered in the Vermont State Meet for Division I schools, Redhawk junior Tyler Marshall was named the Gatorade Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year in conjunction with USA Today. Tyler led CVU to its first state championship, winning the 800 meter, 1,500 meter and 3,000 meter runs. His seasonal-best time at 3,000 meters placed him 83rd in the country.
Despite a losing record, the CVU softball team placed four of its members in the “Honorable Mention” category. They are Reilly Brown, Natalie Gagnon, Lila Ottinger and Claire Potter.
In baseball Andrew Bortnick was selected as a first-team pitcher with teammates Tanner Smith at second base, and outfielders Jacob Griggs and Jack Dugan and pitcher Liam Reiner on the second team. Sam Mikell and Chris O’Brien were voted honorable mention.
Richard Lowrey booms on Thunder Road
One of Charlotte’s young racecar drivers, Richard Lowrey III, has been driving the Thunder Road Track, and he placed 21st in the Late Model Stock Division at Casella Night June 19. His father, Richard Jr., also races late models.