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NO. R-18.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the Pierce-Lawton Post 37 baseball team on winning the 2006 American Legion’s Vermont state championship.


Offered by:  Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham, Partridge of Windham, Canfield of Fair Haven, Deen of Westminster and Mrowicki of Putney

Whereas, the Pierce Lawton Post 37 American Legion baseball team in Bellows Falls had played the nation’s summer pastime for over four decades without winning a single state championship title, and

Whereas, the long-dreamed-of championship occurred in 2006, and a sports novelist could have hardly envisioned a more dramatic ninth inning, and

Whereas, in an exciting state championship game against SAL-Champlain, the Post 37 team exhibited a determination that proved essential as it trailed 4‑0 even before its first opportunity at bat, and

Whereas, by the third inning, the Post 37 squad had rebounded successfully to tie the game at 4–all, and by the end of the fifth, the team was on top by a 6‑5 margin, and

Whereas, continued scoring on both sides gave Post 37 an 8–7 edge as the two teams entered the ninth and final inning, and

Whereas, with two players out, and Post 37 sensing an 8–7 victory, an SAL two-run double left the Bellows Falls players short of their long elusive goal and forced them to step up to the batter’s box one last time, and

Whereas, Post 37 loaded the bases on a combination of a walk, a single, and a lost fly ball, causing SAL to change pitchers in the process, and

Whereas, Post 37’s Chris Fahner then slammed a powerful double that brought teammates Isaac Bissell and Matthew Eisenhuth across the plate and enabled the team to claim its first American Legion baseball state championship, and

Whereas, every Post 37 team member, including Justin Beebe, Isaac Bissell, Benjamin Blanchard, Warner Clark, Austin DeLonge, Matthew  Eisenhuth, Christopher Fahner, Mattias Goldman-Peake, Christopher Hodsden, Andrew Lacroix, Tucker Long, Kyle Mack, Travis Madore, Ryan Piluski, William Sisko, Justin Spaulding, Samuel Stickney, and Richard Whitcomb, played with skill and enthusiasm, and

Whereas, this historic Post 37 victory is attributable in good measure to the work of head coach Robert Lockerby, assistant coaches and manager Richard Forbush Jr., and assistant coaches Russell Williams, William Lockerby, and Adam Kuhn, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Pierce-Lawton Post 37 baseball team on winning the 2006 American Legion’s Vermont state championship, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Dick Forbush.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont