Lewicki turning BBA into top Division I program

MANCHESTER — It was last year when Ed Lewicki took over as head coach for the Burr and Burton baseball team. In a short two-season span, Lewicki has engineered the Bulldogs to back-to-back Division I state finals appearances and now the program's first Division I state championship, with BBA's 18-8 win over Essex on Saturday.

"It's really satisfying as a coach to see the kids on your team reach their fullest potential and win a state championship," Lewicki said after Saturday's game. "We're a small school for Division I and to see us reach the finals the past two years and then win it this year, has been fun to watch and I couldn't be prouder of the team."

Lewicki and his assistant coaches, which include Doug Crosier and son Eddie Lewicki worked on every aspect of the Bulldogs' game when the crew took over last year.

From work on the team's hitting, pitching and fielding, the coaching staff helped BBA go from a 10-6 team to 13-3 and a state finalist in one season.

Year two was the biggest growth for BBA, winning a program record 17 games in its run to the team's first state championship since 2005.

They did so will a balance of dominating pitching and powerful offensive attack with its deep lineup.

BBA's pitching staff, led by Jay McCoy, Griff Stalcup and Sam Cottrell gave up the least amount of runs during the regular season in the state of Vermont and held their opponents to around two runs a game.

Offensively, the bats were a rocking for the Bulldogs this season, averaging over 11 runs a game during the regular season.

The Bulldogs' bats did the talking in the team's state championship win over Essex, knocking out 17 hits for a Division 1 finals record 18 runs scored in the victory.

"Us coaches worked on everything with these guys when we started here and to see the team win a championship in two years, is very satisfying to see as a coaching staff," Lewicki said. "The best part too is winning a championship with Doug and my son Eddie. Both did a great job helping the team get to where they're at today."

Since Lewicki took over, the Bulldogs are 33-6 and became the first boys sports program to win a Division I championship in the school's history.

The biggest reason for that success, Lewicki said, came from his team sticking together and being truly a team.

"Our guys really came together as a team and that's what helped them become champions," Lewicki said. "They battled adversity during the year and that made our team a tighter unit than it was before."

The win is Lewicki's first state championship as a baseball coach and second overall, coaching the BBA girls ice hockey team to a state championship in 2012 and led the team to another finals appearance in 2014.

He also coached the Arlington baseball team to its last Division IV finals appearance in 2008.

Seeing his team come back from losing in the finals last season, to seeing them reach the top of the mountain on Saturday, Lewicki said he very proud of his achieving this huge accomplishment.

"As a coach, it's very gratifying to see your team win a state championship," Lewicki said. "The team set a goal from day one to make it back to the finals and win a championship, and I am very proud these group of guys accomplishment that goal. "I love this team and I am proud of every single one of them for becoming a team and winning a championship."

Reach assistant sports editor Steven Bassin at 802-447-7567 ext 112 or @SBassin_Banner


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