Former Lyndon Institute standout Buddy Lamothe, who suffered a spinal cord injury in a swimming accident two years, will throw out the first pitch at Saturday’s home game against Montpelier.
A hard-throwing right hander who led the Vikings to the Division II state title in 2009, Lamothe was a drawing heavy interest from Major League Baseball scouts and shining for San Jacinto College in Texas at the time of the injury.
In 23 1/3 innings for San Jacinto in 2011, Lamothe had a 0.77 earned-run average with 28 strikeouts. After the accident, which left Lamothe paralyzed from the waist down, the Houston Astros used their 40th-round pick on the Vermont native.
“We thought it was time we’d do something to honor Buddy, after a little bit of time had passed,” said Lyndon coach Justin Smith, who mentioned Lamothe was already making a trip to Vermont. “It’s a day for Buddy, something special for him and special for us to certainly look back on the better times and let him know we are still thinking about him.”
Game time is 3 p.m.
‘GameChanger’ living up to its name
A software program called GameChanger might be slowly revolutionizing how Vermont baseball teams keep their game scorebooks and compile season statistics, among other key information.
GameChanger is a mobile app and website founded in 2010, a tool that has replaced the old-fashioned scorebook at Champlain Valley.
“It just makes life a lot easier and less stressful. It puts everything together and it’s easy for everybody to use,” CVU coach Tim Albertson said.
CVU started using GameChanger last season. Sam Fontaine, who also maintains the Metro league’s website, uses an iPad or his iPhone to track CVU’s games from the dugout. Coach Mike Brown and BFA-Fairfax has also been using the software the last couple of seasons.
Albertson hopes GameChanger catches on around the state.
“It hasn’t blossomed in Vermont yet. As a league, we might want see if people want to get into it,” the coach said.
Colchester sticks to
Colchester’s hot start is based on a tried-and-true formula: Pitching and defense.
Behind starters Sean Callahan and Devon Dessormeau, the Lakers were 5-0 prior to Thursday’s home game against St. Johnsbury. Callahan and Dessormeau are making quality pitches and short work of opposing lineups while the defense behind them has been rock solid.
“We are making fewer mistakes than the teams we are playing,” said coach Tom Perry, whose roster is filled with experience. “We are old – we have eight seniors, so on any given day, they all can play. They play for each other.”