Memorable Moments of the 2000s
Synopsis: A trip to the state championship comes at the beginning of a decade that sees CHS finish second in the league each of the first three years. Some of the top CHS players graduate during the decade after posting numbers which seemed impossible 10 years prior. A changing of the guard occurs in 2001 for the first time in nearly 20 years, as Pat Phillips replaces Dave Saddlemire as head coach before Tom Perry takes over in 2007. Decade record: 79-95. Six playoff wins, the most of any decade. Decade batting average: .270. Weird fact: The 2008 squad posts five shutouts during its first 15 games, matching the program's total from the previous 136 contests since 2000.
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- April 18 vs. BFA-St. Albans: Addie Dion pitches a one-hit, five-inning shutout in an Opening Day 10-0 victory. Dion strikes out eight and walks none, and he also goes 2-for-3 at the plate and scores two runs. Jason Carey has a huge day, batting 3-for-3 with a double and a homer while scoring twice and driving in four runs. The Lakers bang out seven extra-base hits, including three doubles (Carey, Dion and Andrew Folley), three triples (Jeff Boyer, Luke Laroche and Jamie Moore) and Carey's home run.
- April 20 vs. St. Johnsbury: Jason Carey scores the winning run from third base in the bottom of the seventh inning on Travis Miles' suicide squeeze as Colchester rallies for a 13-12 victory. The Lakers lead 10-1 after three innings and 11-8 after five but have to rally from down 12-11 with two runs in the seventh to win. Carey carries Colchester, going 4-for-5 while scoring and plating four runs each. He also doubles and homers, with the homer being a grand slam. Jeff Boyer and Luke Laroche drive in three runs apiece, and Laroche picks up the victory in relief.
- April 25 at South Burlington: Jason Carey goes 3-for-3, scores twice, and hits a double and triple in a 7-6 loss.
- April 27 at Missisquoi: The Lakers drop the Thunderbirds, 18-6, in six innings. Ty Pratt bats 3-for-4, drives in four runs, and ties a team record by scoring five runs. He also doubles twice and steals three bases. Jason Carey goes 3-for-4 at the plate, hitting a double and scoring four times. Addie Dion also scores three runs.
- April 29 vs. Burlington (Game 1): Addie Dion never officially bats (0-for-0) as he walks twice and gets plunked twice in a 10-0 win.
- May 11 vs. Vergennes: Due to poor field conditions in Vergennes, Colchester plays the visiting team at their own field and sets a single-game team record by drawing 17 bases on balls in their 16-1 blowout of Vergennes. Luke Laroche goes 3-for-3 and pitches a complete game for the victory, Addie Dion and Ty Pratt each score three times, and sophomore Jason Compagnon steals two bases in three attempts and scores three runs in his first varsity game. This is the sixth consecutive road win for the Lakers against Vergennes, dating all the way back to 1981. The Lakers' last road loss to the Commodores: May 2, 1980.
- May 13 vs. Mount Mansfield (Game 1): Luke Laroche drives in four runs on a double and a homer in a 6-4 victory. The home run is the 100th in the team's history.
- May 13 vs. Middlebury (Game 2): Ty Pratt goes 2-for-2, drives in four runs and scores three more in a 15-5, five-inning rout. Pratt also hits a three-run homer in an eight-run fifth inning.
- May 19 at Mount Abraham: Justin Bissonnette pitches a complete game and strikes out nine in a 13-3 victory while also driving in five runs on a double and a homer. Luke Laroche also bats 4-for-4 and scores four runs.
- May 20 at Winooski: Travis Clairmont pitches six strong innings, strikes out 11 and picks up the victory in a 14-3 Lakers win. Jeff Boyer bats 2-for-4, including a home run, and drives in three runs while scoring three runs.
- May 31 vs. No. 11 North Country: Ty Pratt leads sixth-seeded Colchester with a team-record-tying three doubles in a 6-1 playdown victory. Addie Dion goes 3-for-4 with a home run, scores three runs and drives in three more.
- June 3 at No. 14 Springfield: Justin Bissonnette strikes out 13 batters and walks none in a 9-2 quarterfinal victory. Luke Laroche goes 3-for-3 with a double and a triple, and Ty Pratt steals three bases.
- June 7 at No. 2 Brattleboro: The Lakers get off the bus hot and drop the defending state champs in a semifinal, 11-2. Travis Clairmont pitches 5-1/3 innings to up his record to 5-0. Luke Laroche homers in the first inning to get the offense going with a three-run bomb to left. Ty Pratt homers in the fourth inning and doubles, and Justin Bissonnette doubles twice and triples.
- June 10 against No. 5 Mount Mansfield at Centennial Field: In their first trip to a state title game, the No. 6 Lakers see an early lead slip away before falling, 8-7, in eight innings during the Division I championship contest. The Lakers lead the Cougars, 5-0, in the top of the fourth inning but fail to score after loading the bases with no one out. MMU responds with a run in the home half and five in the fifth to go on top, but Andrew Folley reaches on a two-out error in the seventh, Ryan O'Hara follows with a pinch-hit single to right field, and courtesy runner Jason Compagnon steals third base on his own before scoring on Travis Miles' single up the middle to knot the contest at six and force extra innings. With two down in the eighth, Ty Pratt scrapes the wall in right with a long triple and scores on Luke Laroche's base knock, but MMU scores a pair of unearned runs in the bottom half. Jason Carey goes 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two steals, Laroche and Miles each drive in a pair during their final high school game, and Justin Bissonnette fans nine batters in six innings in his last high school outing.
- May 7 vs. Middlebury: Jason Carey's solo home run to center field gives him 64 career hits, a school record, and he finishes 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored as the Lakers roll, 12-2, in five innings.
- May 8 vs. Lamoille: Andrew Folley keys Colchester's rally for a 6-5 win from a 5-1 sixth-inning deficit when his fly ball is lost by the left fielder in the trees, allowing three runs to score with two out. Jess Mattison also puts together a rare feat in the fourth inning, inducing three outs on just three pitches. First baseman Travis Clairmont records all three outs single-handedly, on two pop-ups and a line drive.
- May 10 at St. Johnsbury: The Hilltoppers commit 11 errors and allow 11 unearned Colchester runs in the Lakers' 17-6 victory. Over the final three stanzas, St. Johnsbury commits 10 errors and allows 11 runs, only one of which is earned.
- May 15 at North Country: Jess Mattison doesn't find out he's pitching until he gets off the bus, but he fires his fourth consecutive complete game on a chilly day in Colchester's 15-5 victory in six innings. Mattison allows eight hits, walks two, strikes out one and goes 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Jason Carey hits his second career grand slam, just the third in the program's history.
- May 22 vs. Spaulding: Colchester's first meeting with the Crimson Tide in five seasons results in the Lakers' 7-1 victory as the program, school and community celebrate the naming of the Colchester High School baseball field in honor of Dave Saddlemire, who coached the varsity squad for 17 seasons.
- May 27 against No. 20 Middlebury at Milton: In just the No. 13 Lakers' second play-in game ever, Colchester almost blows an 11-3 fifth-inning lead and holds on for an 11-10 victory. The Tigers leave the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning. Jason Carey goes 2-for-2 with a two-run, opposite-field homer while scoring and driving in three runs apiece in this neutral site game, moved to Milton High School because Colchester High School hosted the state high school track & field meet.
- April 30 at Missisquoi: After an 0-7 start, Jess Mattison helps the Lakers get back on track with a 2-1 win during a gutsy nine-inning effort in Swanton. He strikes out seven batters and allows only four hits, and Jared Lowe collects his first two varsity hits and drives in Mike Wasko with the game-winner in the ninth.
- May 4 against BFA-St. Albans at Centennial Field (Game 2): With two down and two on in a 3-all game in the top of the fifth, Joel Bissonnette smacks the eighth pitch he sees into left field to drive home the game-winning run and open the offensive flood gates for the Lakers. Jamie Moore follows with a three-run triple, Kevin Lilley smacks an RBI single, and Travis Clairmont smacks a three-run double to cap an eight-run frame. The inning's output matches CHS's run total over the previous 28 innings. The 11-3 win is Colchester's second of the season and sparks the squad to a 6-1 regular-season finish after starting 1-8.
- May 11 against North Country at Centennial Field (Game 2): Jess Mattison dominates the Falcons by striking out five, allowing no bases on balls and only six hits in six innings. The Lakers win 5-0 after Jared Lowe closes the game out in the seventh for the team's 20th shutout all time and only the second combined shutout.
- May 16 at Rice: Four Lakers - Tyler Critchlow, Jared Lowe, Jess Mattison and Jamie Moore - smack two hits apiece, and Lowe delivers the Lakers to their first win over Rice since 1998 and their first win at Rice since 1994 thanks to nine strikeouts and six hits in a 9-4 victory. Lowe and Mattison drive in two apiece, Moore knocks in two and hits a home run, and Mike Wasko scores three times.
- May 20 against Milton at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y.: In the Lakers' first-ever regular-season game outside Vermont, Travis Clairmont notches his second career shutout during a 7-0 victory after the Lakers plate all seven runs in the first inning. Clairmont strikes out seven and walks one while allowing only six hits. He, Tyler Critchlow, Dusty Fregeau, Andy Miles and Mike Wasko drive in runs during the big first inning. Kevin Lilley and Jamie Moore later make spectacular catches in the outfield to preserve the lead, with Lilley on a dead run in center field and Moore diving in left.
- May 21 at Spaulding: A day after beating Milton in Cooperstown, the Lakers thrash Spaulding, 15-7. Travis Clairmont goes 3-for-5 with three RBIs, and Joel Bissonnette goes 3-for-4 with a double, three runs and two RBIs. Jess Mattison strikes out six while allowing four walks and only four earned runs while pitching off what is essentially a flat softball-like mound.
- May 9 at Harwood: The Lakers rally from a two-run deficit to forge a 4-all tie but eventually fall, 5-4. Mike Wasko doubles twice while Joel Bissonnette and D.J. Edwards each smack a two-bagger, accounting for all of CHS's hits. The four extra-base hits are the most ever by a Lakers squad during a game in which they only recorded extra-base hits.
- May 17 at Mount Abraham: D.J. Edwards has a hand in half of the Lakers' runs, going 3-for-4 with three runs and four RBIs in a 14-6 win.
- May 29 vs. Rice: Down 5-3 entering the last of the seventh, the Lakers rally for their largest last-at-bat victory ever. Mike Wasko and Drew Sumner smack consecutive singles to open the inning before Aaron Mason walks. Joel Bissonnette immediately doubles to score Wasko and Sumner to knot the score. D.J. Edwards follows with a suicide squeeze attempt that turns into an infield single to score Mason to cap the rally. Shelby Nolin strikes out seven and walks three in a complete-game effort.
- May 31 against Middlebury at Centennial Field: Mike Wasko picks up a school-record 10 assists during an eight-inning game, breaking John Kresser's 1976 single-game mark of eight helpers before the game reaches extra frames. The Lakers lose, 6-5, despite displaying flawless defense for the first time since May 22, 2001.
- June 5 at No. 15 Mount St. Joseph: Jared Lowe pitches and bats the No. 18 Lakers to their 200th all-time victory and a 3-2 play-in triumph in Rutland. Lowe strikes out seven and walks two during seven innings. Shelby Nolin and Lowe smack consecutive second-inning doubles to knot the game at one before Mike Wasko singles Lowe home. Later, Nolin's bases-loaded fielder's choice drives in the Lakers' third run. Lowe K's the side in the bottom of the seventh to seal the win. Drew Sumner singles twice and Aaron Mason walks three times.
- April 27 at Spaulding: Mike Wasko records his 102nd career assist, breaking Travis Hilton's school record. Hilton needed 52 games while Wasko was playing in his 31st contest on varsity.
- May 1 vs. Harwood: Center fielder Matt La Roe records eight of the Lakers' outs as Colchester loses to the Highlanders.
- May 7 at BFA-St. Albans: The Lakers become the last of the Metro League's 16 teams to win a game with a 7-6 victory. After seeing a 6-2 lead evaporate after the Bobwhites score four fifth-inning runs, Colchester plates the game-winning run in the sixth. Joey Goldsbury squeezes a single up the middle to drive in Matt La Roe before pitcher Shelby Nolin finishes off a complete-game effort with scoreless sixth and seventh innings.
- May 13 vs. Champlain Valley: The Lakers pull off one of the biggest upsets in program history, rallying past the defending D-I state champs with an 8-3 win. Only two Colchester batters reach base during the first four innings, and the Crusaders go up, 3-0, in the fifth. Suddenly, the tides shift when Joey Doud sends a one-out single to right field for his first varsity hit before Lucas Mullally singles and Matt La Roe walks. Mike Wasko plates Doud with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1, and Joey Goldsbury picks up an RBI by beating out an infield single before La Roe scores to knot the score when the third baseman throws away Goldsbury's hit. CVU puts runners on first and second with one out in the sixth, but shortstop Wasko snares a liner and flips to second baseman Sean Burns to complete the momentum-swinging double play. With Shelby Nolin on first, Doud starts another rally in the sixth by dropping a single into center, moving Nolin to third. After Doud steals second and Mullally walks, La Roe receives a four-pitch walk to drive in the game-winning run, but the rally doesn't end there. Wasko beats out an infield single to make it 5-3, Goldsbury's floater to the second baseman is mishandled and allows two more runs to score, and Wasko comes home on a passed ball to complete the scoring. Kyle Burkhard then goes to work in the seventh, using eight pitches to mow through CVU's 1-2-3 batters to finish off his gem. In tossing 125 pitches, Burkhard picks up his first career varsity win. Wasko finishes 3-for-3 with two RBIs and six fielding assists while Doud is 2-for-3 with two runs and 12 putouts at first base. Entering the game, Colchester had a 1-7 record and stood 19th out of 19 Division I teams and 15th in the 16-team Metro League. CVU had been 7-1, tied for 2nd in D-I and tied for first in the Metro.
- May 25 against St. Johnsbury at Centennial Field: Pitcher Kyle Burkhard and the Lakers defense are on their game during a 2-1 win as the visiting team at Centennial Field. D.J. Edwards walks to lead off the game before scoring from first on a Mike Wasko hit-and-run single. In the fifth inning of a 1-1 game, Joey Goldsbury's infield grounder drives home Edwards with the winning run. Wasko finishes 2-for-2 with an RBI, a double, two walks and two steals, Edwards steals two bases, scores both of Colchester's runs and walks three times, and Taylor Newton gets hit by a pitch twice. Burkhard tosses a 1-2-3 first before working out of jams in the next six innings. He escapes bases-loaded, one-out situations in the second and fourth unscathed, and his defense turns double plays to end the fifth and sixth. After a one-out single in the third, center fielder Matt La Roe tracks down the ball and guns out the runner trying to stretch the hit into a double. With the tying run on second and two down in the bottom of the seventh, Burkhard K's the final batter.
- June 4 at No. 14 BFA-St. Albans: The Lakers go only 4-14 in 2004, but their 6-5 play-in win at BFA-St. Albans is their most dramatic. Stellar pitching by Shelby Nolin and spectacular defensive plays by Sean Burns, D.J. Edwards and Joey Goldsbury help the No. 19 Lakers continue their season despite trailing in the late innings. Down 3-2 in the fifth, Mike Wasko drives Edwards home with the tying run before the Bobwhites score twice in the bottom of the inning and take a 5-3 lead into the seventh. The first three Lakers reach in the seventh before Wasko grounds into a fielder's choice to the shortstop, but both Aaron Thibault and Edwards score on the play to tie the score, with Edwards coming around from second. The 5-5 score stands until the bottom of the seventh, when BFA-St. Albans puts runners on first and second with one out. The next batter rips a single past Edwards at third base and into left, where freshman left fielder Sean Burns fields the ball and sends a laser to catcher Lucas Mullally, who narrowly tags out the would-be winning run. Now with runners on second and third in the bottom of the seventh of a tie game, Edwards fields a hard smash and guns to first to send the game into extra innings. The Bobwhites mount another rally in the bottom of the eighth by putting runners on the corners with only one out. However, Mullally grabs a bunt out in front of the plate and dives to tag out the runner trying to score. With the game still tied at 5 in the ninth, Nolin leads off with a single before being courtesy run for by Thibault. Edwards sacrifices Thibault to second and Burns' fly to center allows him to reach third before Wasko is intentionally walked. Wasko follows by walking off first and successfully distracting the pitcher, who balks home Thibault. BFA-St. Albans goes down in order in the bottom of the inning. Nolin tosses 127 pitches over nine innings, walking only one while K'ing six. This marks just the fourth time in program history that the Lakers win two one-run games against the same team in a season, and the first time since 1983. However, it's the first time the Lakers beat a team twice by a lone run at the same site - and Colchester does it twice in St. Albans in 2004.
- April 26 at Milton: In his first varsity game, Jeremy Bigelow tosses 3-2/3 no-hit innings to begin the game before consecutive two-out errors prolong the fourth inning, and a Yellowjackets double with two down cuts into a 4-0 deficit with two unearned runs. Milton completes its rally in the sixth with four runs, including two unearned, to pull out the 6-4 win. Bigelow goes the distance, yielding only two earned runs on four hits with four strikeouts, three walks and four wild pitches.
- April 28 vs. South Burlington: With Colchester in peril of suffering the second no-hitter in program history, Jeremy Ringuette singles with two down in the bottom of the seventh inning during a 10-0 loss for the Lakers' lone hit.
- May 7 at Champlain Valley: Colchester is on the cusp of surprising a 2004 state semifinalist, holding a 6-4 edge before coming apart in the bottom of the sixth inning and losing, 11-6. The Crusaders score seven runs in the sixth on three hits, three walks, two wild pitches and an error, plating the final six runs with two down.
- May 10 vs. Middlebury: Lance Nichols tosses a two-hit shutout as the Lakers win, 2-0. Following a leadoff double in the first inning, Nichols gives up just one hit - a single to begin the fourth - to the Tigers' final 27 batters. He finishes with five strikeouts and two walks while also smacking a double. The Lakers score their two runs when D.J. Edwards and Sean Burns lead off the first with consecutive walks, Joey Goldsbury singles home Edwards with one of only two Colchester hits, and cleanup hitter Mickey Merola brings Burns in on a groundout.
- May 12 vs. North Country: After a tough start, Bigelow ends up firing a gem during a 4-1 win. After allowing two hits and the Falcons' lone run during a span of the game's first three batters, Bigelow yields no hits to the final 24 hitters. He finishes with seven strikeouts and one walk while plunking three. Kyle Warner's two-out, two-run double in the fourth breaks a 1-1 deadlock.
- May 19 against Mount Mansfield at Centennial Field: The Lakers pile up a 7-0 lead by the fourth inning, only to see the Cougars knot the game and force extra innings before Colchester pulls out an 8-7 win. From the second through fourth innings, the Lakers score seven runs on seven hits, four walks and two errors. MMU's rally begins in the top of the fifth, when it tallies four runs on four hits before knotting the game in the seventh by plating three runs on three hits and an error. The Cougars then put the potential go-ahead run in scoring position with none out in the seventh and one down in the eighth, but the Lakers wriggle out of both jams and win it in the bottom of the eighth on Curtis White's RBI single to right field. Mickey Merola finishes 3-for-4 and scores the winning run, White picks up two RBIs, and Lance Nichols bats 2-for-2 with two runs off the bench and notches the victory with two one-hit innings of relief.
- May 26 vs. Rice: A wild comeback attempt falls short during a rainy day in Colchester, as the Lakers drop a 10-8 decision. The Green Knights hold a 7-2 lead in the sixth, but Colchester battles back with four runs in that inning and two in the next on seven walks, one hit and a hit batter, as Rice's defense commits three passed balls, two errors and two wild pitches in those two innings alone. However, Rice never loses the lead after the Lakers come within 7-6, as it scores three runs on three walks, one hit and one hit batter in the seventh, and the hosts leave the bases loaded in the bottom half.
- May 1 vs. Essex: When the Lakers hold the Hornets scoreless during the fifth inning, it snaps Essex's streak of plating at least one run in 16 consecutive innings against Colchester. During that span, the Hornets score 35 runs on 34 hits, eight walks, three hit batters and 15 Colchester errors while batting .389 (34-for-89) as a team. The prior scoreless inning had come during a 1-2-3 seventh on May 3, 2003, as the Hornets had scored seven times the inning before after being blanked in each the fourth and fifth.
- May 4 vs. Spaulding: Lance Nichols tosses a two-hit shutout during a 7-0 win, yielding only a pair of singles to the second and third batters of the game before holding the final 22 hitless. He ends up walking two and fanning seven. Nichols helps his own cause in the third inning, as his two-run single keys a four-run outburst, while Sean Burns' two-run triple is the big blow during a three-run sixth.
- May 5 at Burlington: During a 15-1 win, the Lakers bang out 18 hits, falling two shy of the school record. In what also turns out to be the 200th regular-season victory in program history, 11 different Lakers record at least one hit. Joey Goldsbury goes 3-for-6 with four runs and three RBI while falling a home run shy of the cycle, Sean Burns bats 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and Bryan Johnson finishes 2-for-4 with three runs. Mickey Merola and Curtis White each add a pair of hits, and Joe Malley smacks a two-run double in his first high school plate appearance.
- May 11 at North Country: In a back-and-forth game in Newport, the Lakers hold a 4-0 lead by the time their seventh batter of the first inning is done hitting, only to see the Falcons plate eight runs on eight hits, eight wild pitches and three walks - but no Lakers errors - during the first two frames. Down 8-4, Colchester knots the game with four runs in the fourth, as Bryan Johnson's two-out, two-run double makes it 8-8. After North Country takes the lead, the Lakers send the game to extra innings by scoring another run on a two-out error in the seventh. Colchester puts seven runners on base during the three extra innings but comes away empty each time, and the Falcons win, 10-9, in the 10th. Sean Burns goes 5-for-5 with two runs, two doubles and two steals but has no fielding chances in 10 innings at shortstop, Ryan Miller drives in three runs, and Joey Goldsbury walks three times and swipes two bases.
- May 15 vs. Harwood: The Lakers' 7-4 win over the Highlanders comes 24 years to the day of their last triumph against Harwood, a 10-2 victory in Colchester on May 15, 1982. That span ends up being exactly 8,765 days between wins. Colchester corrals the historic win with four runs in the bottom of the sixth, as the eventual winning run scores on Joey Goldsbury's single. Sean Burns, who goes 2-for-4 with three RBIs and smacks a two-run triple in the sixth, notches the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Ryan Uhrie yields four unearned runs over the first five innings during a no-decision without walking a batter.
- May 25 at Rice: During a 6-3 win, Sean Burns goes 4-for-5 with two runs and a double. This contest caps a nine-game run where Burns, who completes the season riding a 15-game hitting streak, bats .583 (21-for-36) with 12 RBIs, 10 runs, six stolen bases, six doubles and three triples.
- April 21 at Mount Mansfield: Behind a 9-6 victory, the Lakers snap an eight-game losing streak in Jericho, during which time they had been outscored 69-27, with their first win there since 1992. Kris Cauchon finishes 2-for-2 with two runs, three RBI and two walks, while Sean Burns picks up the win after three innings of relief.
- April 24 at Essex: Colchester is challenging for just its fourth win in 15 visits to Essex, as the Lakers trail just 4-3 before allowing 10 runs - all unearned - with two outs in the bottom of the sixth during a 14-6 loss. Bryan Johnson picks up two of the visitors' hits.
- April 28 vs. Missisquoi: Sean Burns, Kris Cauchon and Bryan Johnson each record two of the Lakers' eight stolen bases during a 9-2 win. Burns goes 2-for-2 with two runs, and Sean McGary is 3-for-4. Cauchon K's eight during the complete-game victory.
- May 3 at Spaulding: Kris Cauchon has a 1-0 lead while carrying a five-hit shutout into the bottom of the seventh, but the first batter in the seventh hits an inside-the-park homer before the Crimson Tide wins, 2-1, on a two-out walk-off single. Cauchon finishes with seven strikeouts
- May 8 vs. Middlebury: The Lakers trail 4-0 in the first inning despite Kris Cauchon striking out four - with two reaching on strikeout-wild pitches - and fielding a comebacker in the frame before Colchester rallies for a 9-6 win. Cauchon strikes out eight, Sean Burns is 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI, and Andrew Newton goes 2-for-2, receiving two of the Lakers' five hit-by-pitches. Nick Barton ends 2-for-3 with two RBI.
- May 12 at Harwood: With an 8-7 victory, the Lakers win at Harwood for the first time in eight tries, and for the first time against the Highlanders while playing the visiting team in 11,313 days, since a 7-5 win in a game played at CHS on May 22, 1976. Galen Doud tosses four innings of two-hit, shutout relief for the win. Sean Burns goes 3-for-5 with two runs, Andrew Newton is 2-for-3 with two RBI, Mickey Merola has two hits and scores twice, and Zach Aubin adds a pair of knocks. The Lakers didn't play Harwood from 1984 to 2000.
- May 15 at Milton: Against its northern border rival, Colchester nearly overcomes an 8-0 deficit in the final two innings before falling short, 9-8. The Lakers plate five runs in the sixth before Andrew Newton's seventh-inning two-run homer brings the Lakers within one. Sean Burns goes 2-for-4 with two runs, and Zach Aubin adds two hits.
- May 19 at Mount Abraham: In a wild affair that includes left-handed Ryan Miller playing third base late in the contest, the Lakers yield two runs in the seventh inning while falling, 12-11. A 5-0 CHS lead is cut into in the fourth when the Eagles score four times before the teams trade two runs apiece in the fifth and four each in the sixth. Kris Cauchon finishes 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, while Sean Burns, Tom Critchlow and Bryan Johnson each provide two hits while scoring twice. The Lakers don't strike out during the contest, while the teams combine for 11 errors.
- May 22 vs. BFA-St. Albans: Despite having already allowed three runs - all unearned - Kris Cauchon carries a no-hitter until two are down in the sixth inning before suffering the 3-1 loss. He finishes with eight strikeouts, as each team finishes with two hits.
- May 24 vs. Rice: Colchester breaks out with 14 hits during a 13-3 win, as Bryan Johnson finishes 3-for-3 with three runs and five RBI, swatting a three-run homer in the second. He also earns the win. Ryan Miller ends up 3-for-3 with two runs, Sean Burns turns in a 2-for-3 effort with two runs and four RBI, while Kris Cauchon scores three times.
- May 26 vs. North Country (completion of suspended game); at St. Johnsbury: The Lakers kick off the day by completing a suspended contest with an 8-7 win over visiting North Country before trekking to St. Johnsbury and earning an 11-4 victory. After Spencer Dandurand yields six unearned runs, Colchester trails North Country, 6-5, on May 10 before inclement weather forces the suspension of the contest after the fourth inning. Now down by two in the sixth, the Lakers score three runs with two down to pull out the win. Bryan Johnson goes three innings for the triumph, finishing 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs and four RBI. Sean Burns ends up 3-for-4 while scoring three times, Zach Aubin is 3-for-4, and Mickey Merola provides two hits and two RBI. After making the 80-mile trip out to St. Johnsbury, Colchester pounces on the Hilltoppers with nine runs in the first three innings. Merola goes 3-for-5 with three RBI and a pair of doubles, Kris Cauchon is 3-for-4 with three runs while picking up the win, and Ryan Miller rips two hits while driving home three. Sean Burns and Zack Aubin each add two hits and two runs.
- May 31 at No. 4 Rutland: Despite holding down the 13th seed in the Division I Tournament, the Lakers plate single runs in the first and second innings for a 2-0 lead, but the Red Raiders walk off in the seventh with a 3-2 win on a one-out RBI single. Mickey Merola goes 2-for-3 in his final high school game, while fellow senior Andrew Newton and Kris Cauchon provide RBI singles.
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