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Perry becomes winningest CHS baseball coach with No. 116

Colchester players give head coach Tom Perry a celebratory splash after beating Vergennes 12-0 last Friday. The win marked Perry’s 116th career victory, making him CHS’ winningest baseball coach in its history. (Photo by Sarah Arel)

The Colchester baseball team etched itself into the record books last week, picking up head coach Tom Perry’s 116th career win to make him the winningest Colchester High School baseball coach in the school’s history.

Perry, who is in his 10th season with the team, led the Lakers to another win last Saturday and now owns a 117-55 record, surpassing former coach David Saddlemire’s 115 wins.

Perry said he has great respect for Saddlemire, whom he coached with for a year and for whom the CHS field is named.

“I’m happy to be in that company,” he said.

Still, the Lakers have loftier goals, Perry said, including hopes of being a team to fear as they chase the ever-elusive state championship title. Colchester currently sits eighth in the VPA standings.

They picked up their fourth-straight win last Saturday against Mt. Mansfield with a 12-4 decision. Jordan Bell earned the win from the mound,  scattering five hits over four innings, while Tyler Daniels and Alex O’Connell combined for three RBIs.

Colchester (10-4) traveled to Missisquoi on Wednesday in a game that concluded after The Sun went to print. They will then host BFA-St. Albans on Thursday for a 4:30 p.m. opening pitch.