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New England Roundup: Vermont

May, 19, 2011
It was April 27. That’s when Tom Perry raised the expectations for his Colchester High School baseball team.

VermontJunior Zach Tandy tossed a complete-game two-hitter that day to help Colchester defeat a Rice Memorial team that some called the favorite in Division I this season. Tandy’s performance answered some of the questions about Colchester’s pitching.

“I think if you’re a Vermont baseball fan you probably felt we were going to be pretty good, but our preseason concern still remained at that point and that’s pitching,” said Perry, who is in his fourth season as Colchester’s head coach. “We had lots of arms, but not many were proven at the varsity level.

“Coming into the season we knew Tandy had the best stuff on the team, but we didn’t know what he could do consistently [at the varsity level]. We had seen some control problems from him in the past, but we haven’t seen any of that this year.”

Pitching hasn’t been much of a concern since the victory over Rice. Tandy has teamed with senior Matt Ravey to give the Lakers two strong starters at the front of their rotation.

Colchester stretched its winning streak to nine games and improved its Division I record to 10-1 by beating St. Johnsbury 11-6 Tuesday. Either Tandy or Ravey has been the winning pitcher in eight of the team’s 10 wins.

“I knew we would hit,” Perry said. “I didn’t expect us to pitch like this. I’m surprised with where we’re at, but not shocked.”

Catcher Ryan Crowley, one of two team captains, is batting close to .500. Perry called him one of the best players in the Metro Division.

“He’s just a phenomenal player,” Perry said. “He has a good chance to be the Player of the Year in our league.”

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