List of top 25 moments in team's 25-year history
#1 - September 11, 1996 - VERMONT WINS NY-PENN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
Vermont won its only New York-Penn League Championship as the Expos rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the third-and-deciding game the finals to beat the St. Catherines Stompers. The Expos, who had also rallied from a 3-1 deficit in game two to tie the series, scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth and then the eventual winning run in the seventh on passed ball to score UVM alum Ethan Barlow. Reliever Tim Young recorded the final four outs, including a flyout to leftfield to clinch the title in front of 4,401 at Centennial.
#2 - September 9, 2017- FARRAR GRAND SLAMS VERMONT TO SEMIFINAL WIN
Trailing 3-1 in the first game of a best-of-three semifinal series against Mahoning Valley, the Lake Monsters loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning on a leadoff error and a pair of one-out walks. Logan Farrar then greeted Scrappers reliever Jean Carlos Mejia (0 runs allowed on six hits over 22 ⅔ innings during season) by launching the first pitch over Vermont bullpen in right to give the Lake Monsters a 5-3 lead. Greg Deichmann followed with a solo homer to right as Vermont went on to win series opener 8-3.
#3 - June 22, 2014 - HIGLEY INSIDE-THE-PARK GRAND SLAM KEYS VICTORY
Justin Higley snapped a 6-6 tie with a two-out inside-the-park grand slam home run in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Lake Monsters held on to beat Connecticut 10-7. Vermont had loaded the bases with a leadoff walk, hit batter and one-out walk before Higley lined a 1-2 pitch over the first base bag and deep into the corner. With the rightfielder shading towards center, Higley was able to race all the way around the bases for Vermont's second-ever inside-the-park homer and Higley's seconnd grand slam of the week.
#4 - July 9, 201 - TRIPLE PLAY TOP 9TH, 4-RUN BOTTOM 9TH FOR WIN
After turning a triple play in the top of the ninth inning to keep deficit at 4-1, Vermont scored four times in the bottom of the ninth for 5-4 win over Hudson Valley. After the Renegades got back-to-back singles to start ninth, second baseman Ryan Gridley snagged a line drive and doubled off both runners for a 4-6-3 triple play. The Lake Monsters got two runs in bottom of ninth on one-out and two-out bases loaded walks before Will Toffey lined a single to centerfield scoring Anthony Churlin and Kevin Merrell for the walkoff victory.
#5 - July 28-29, 2008 - VERMONT AND LOWELL BATTLE FOR 18 INNINGS
Michael Guerrero's RBI single at 12:36 a.m. gave the Lake Monsters a 5-4 victory over Lowell in the longest game by inning (18) and time (5:31) in Centennial Field history. Derek Norris went 3-for-4 with five walks in his nine plate appearances, including a three-run homer in the first before Vermont scored a seventh-inning run to tie game 4-4. Despite numeous scoring chances for both teams, neither could score over the next 11 innings until the bottom of the 18th when a pair of leadoff walks led to Guerrero's walkoff single.
#6 - July 30, 2007 - LAKE MONSTERS RALLY FROM 10-1 DEFICIT TO WIN
After Hudson Valley scored nine runs in the top of the fifth inning and another in seventh to take a 10-1 lead at Centennial, the Lake Monsters scored four runs, including a Garrett Bass two-run homer, in the bottom of the seventh and then tied the game in the eighth inning by scoring five runs, four of which were unearned. Then with one out and a runner on second in bottom of ninth, Robbie Tolan (playing just his fifth Lake Monsters game and 0-for-7 at the plate) blasted a two-run walkoff homer to complete the come-from-behind 12-10 victory.
#7 - September 1, 2012 - LAKE MONSTERS TOSS THEIR ONLY NO-HITTER
J.C. Menna, Deyvi Jimenez and Ryan Dull combined to toss the only no-hitter in Vermont history as the Lake Monsters beat Tri-City 2-0. Menna, who entered the game 0-9 with a 5.08 ERA, retired the first seven batters he faced and 15 of the 18 before working out of a bases loaded one-out jam with a double play to end the sixth inning. Jimenez tossed two more hitless frames over the seventh and eighth innings before Dull pitched a perfect ninth inning with a groundout and two strikeouts to seal Vermont's only no-hitter.
#8 - July 6, 1997 - BRADLEY HOMERS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE PLATE
Milton Bradley became the only player in Vermont history to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game as the Expos beat Williamsport 7-6 in 10 innings. With the Expos trailing 5-4 Bradley tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a leadoff homer to rightfield. Then after Williamsport took a 6-5 lead in the top of the 10th inning, Bradley came to the plate with one out and a runner on second in bottom 10th and belted a 2-1 fastball high off the leftfield light tower for the two-run walkoff homer.
#9 - July 1, 1999 - VERMONT SLAMS ONEONTA WITH 11-RUN INNING
The Vermont Expos scored a Centennial Field record 11 runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by a Valentino Pascucci grand slam home run. The Expos trailed Oneonta 4-2 when they sent 14 batters to the plate in the sixth. Vermont used three walks, a hit batter, an error and two base hits to score four runs before Pascucci launched his grand slam over the scoreboard into the then-soccer bleachers beyond. Vermont would go on to score three more runs in the inning, including a Clyde Willams homer, to take a 13-4 lead.
#10 - August 24, 2005 - VERMONT RALLIES FROM 11-5 DEFICIT IN NINTH
Vermont rallied from an 11-5 deficit with six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and then scored an unearned run in the 10th for a 12-11 victory over Lowell, which had scored 10 straight runs to take the 11-5 advantage. After Vermont scored twice in ninth and had two runners on with two outs when Lowell catcher dropped potential game-ending pop up in front of plate, the Expos would go on to score tying run on a wild pitch and then the winning run in 10th on a throwing error by Lowell shortstop Jed Lowrie.
#11 - September 4, 2011 - VERMONT ENDS 15-YEAR PLAYOFF DROUGHT
The Lake Monsters went into the final day of 2011 regular season needing a win and Connecticut loss for its first division title since 1996. Vermont and Tri-City were tied 7-7 after six innings when it appeared Connecticut had won its game in walkoff fashion before umpires ruled interference on the winning play. Lake Monsters would go on to beat Tri-City 11-7, then the team and small gathering of fans listened over the PA as Lowell beat Connectcut in 16 innings to give Vermont its first division title in 15 years.
#12 - September 3, 1995 - OLSON HEROICS SEND VERMONT TO FINALS
Vermont trailed 4-2 when first baseman D.C. Olson hit a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning, then had a game-ending RBI single in the ninth as the Expos scored two runs in the inning to rally for a 5-4 victory and sweep of the best-of-three semifinal series against Hudson Valley. After the Olson homer in the eighth, Ed Bady tied the game with an RBI single in the ninth. After a strikeout and intentional walk, Olson lined a two-out 3-2 pitch into leftfield to send the Expos to the NY-Penn League finals vs. Watertown.
#13 - July 30, 2006 - VERMONT RALLIES WITH 4-RUN 9TH INNING
The Lake Monsters rallied from a 7-4 deficit with four runs on five hits in the bottom of the ninth inning for an 8-7 victory over Lowell. Spinners sidearm reliever Joshua Papelbon had not allowed an earned run over his first 14 ⅔ innings for Lowell, but gave up a one-out single, wild pitch and RBI single as Vermont cut deficit to 7-5 before Lake Monsters later tied the game on a sacrifice fly and Pat Nicols two-out RBI single to center. Ryan DeLaughter then ended the game with a walkoff RBI single on an 0-2 pitch.
#14 - August 25, 1996 - YOUNG ALLOWS RUN, BUT VERMONT RALLIES
After Vermont reliever Tim Young allowed a three-run homer to future Major Leaguer Aramis Ramirez in the top of the eighth inning that gave Erie a 6-5 lead, the Expos raallied in the bottom of the ninth with RBI singles from Paul Blandford and Karl Chatman for the 7-6 come-from-behind victory. Young had come on to pitch with two outs and two on in the 8th before allowing the three-run homer, the Ramirez run being the only run that Young (who finished the year with 18 saves) would allow in 29 ⅓ innings all season.
#15 - August 19, 1995 - WEIDERT TOSSES ONE-HITTER IN JUST 2:04
Chris Weidert tossed a complete-game one-hitter in an Expos 6-0 victory over New Jersey in a game that lasted just two hours and four minutes. Weidert, who would finish the season with 11 straight wins after losing just his second start of season, allowed just a Lou Deman solid single left to open the top of the fifth inning for New Jersey's only hit of game. The 2:04 game time would be eclipsed the next day when the Expos beat the Cardinals 4-3 in just one hour and 56 minutes.
#16 - August 1, 1998 - HODGES WINS GAME IN 13TH WITH 5TH HIT
Scott Hodges record the only five-hit Centennial Field game in Vermont history, going 5-for-7 wth three runs and two RBI including an RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning to give the Expos a 9-8 walkoff win over Pittsfield. The Expos had jumped out to a 5-1 lead, but needed a two-run Mark Groebner triple in the seventh inning to tie game 8-8. It stayed tied at eight until the 13th when Hodges lined a bases loaded single to centerfield for his fifth hit of the night to end the game four hours and 18 minutes after it started.
#17 - August 14, 2015 - 4-RUN 9TH CAPPED BY IRIART 3-RUN WALKOFF HOMER
Trailing 3-0 with just three hits over the first eight innings, Vermont rallied with four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, capped off with a Chris Iriart three-run walkoff homer that gave the Lake Monsters a 4-3 win over Connecticut. A one-out walk and single were followed by a two-out Nick Collins RBI bloop single into leftcenter to plate Vermont's first run of the night. Iriart followed by a smashing a 1-0 pitch high in the air and over the fence into the bullpens in rightcenter for the walkoff three-run homer.
#18 - September 3, 2011 - ROBINSON INSIDE-THE-PARK HOMER
Vermont scored eight runs in the bottom of 1st inning, including the first inside-the-park homer in Centennial Field history as the Lake Monsters blanked Tri-City 13-0. The Lake Monsters already led 2-0 with a runner on third when Dusty Robinson smacked a line drive past a diving Tri-City centerfielder George Springer and rounded the bases for the inside-the-park homer. Chad Lewis and Sean Jamieson added a pair of two-run homers in the first to give Vermont its only three-home run inning in Centennial history.
#19 - August 22, 2000 - EXPOS SCORE RUN IN EVERY INNING OF 19-12 WIN
The Expos scored at least one run in each of the eight innings they batted in a 19-12 victory over Mahoning Valley. The Expos scored two runs in the first, three in second and one in third to build a 6-0 lead before scoring four times in 4th. The Scrappers scored six runs in the sixth to cut deficit to 11-10, but Vermont (which also scored one time in fifth, twice in sixth and one in seventh) scored five runs in bottom of eighth inning to finish the night with Centennial Field record 19 runs.
#20 - July 25, 2010 - FREITAS EXTENDS HIT STREAK TO 21 WITH HOMER
Two days after setting a new Vermont consecutive game hitting streak record, Lake Monsters catcher David Freitas hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning to record his final base hit during a 21-game hitting streak. Freitas had set the new hit streak record of 19 straight games on July 23rd with an infield single, breaking a record shared with Geoff Blum and Jason Tuttle. Freitas hit .442 with 34 hits in 77 at bats during his 21-game hitting streak.
#21 - June 21, 1994 - EXPOS OUTSLUG RENEGADES FOR 1ST HOME WIN
Vermont picked up its first-ever Centennial Field victory with a 17-13 win over Hudson Valley. The Expos rallied from an early 5-1 deficit by scoring 16 consecutive runs to take a 17-5 lead after six innings. Vermont scored four runs in the fourth inning, seven times in the fifth and five more runs in the sixth inning for the 12-run advantage before Hudson Valley scored the game's final eight runs (including five runs in the top of the ninth inning). The 17 runs were a Centennial Field record until Vermont scored 19 in a 2000 game.
#22 - August 13, 2015 - BROWN'S GLOVE AND BAT LEAD VERMONT TO WIN
Seth Brown kept the game tied with his glove in the top of the eighth inning and untied it with his bat in the bottom half with a two-run triple in a 3-1 Vermont victory over Connecticut. With runners on first and second with two outs in top of 8th, Brown made a sliding catch on the warning track of a line drive to leftcenter to keep the game tied at 1-1. Then in bottom of eighth with two runners on, Brown fouled off three straight 0-2 pitches before lining the two-run triple to deep rightcenter for the lead.
#23 - June 24, 2001 - DEMPSEY HIT GIVES VERMONT TWINBILL SWEEP
After beating Brooklyn 4-1 in the first home game of the season, the Expos completed a doubleheader sweep when Nick Dempsey's two-out, two-run walkoff single gave Vermont a 2-1 victory over the Cyclones. The Expos had just one hit over the first six innings of game two before loading the bases on an error, walk, sac bunt and walk to set up Dempsey's game-winning base hit as Vermont won its sixth of eight straight games to open 2001 season and 13th straight win at Centennial dating back to end of 2000 season.
#24 - July 20, 2013 - 3RD TIMES THE CHARM AS BOYD SLAMS AUBURN
After having struckout with the bases loaded in both the fifth and sixth innings, B.J. Boyd snapped a 4-4 tie with a grand slam home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead Vermont to an 8-4 victory over Auburn. Boyd had struckout with the bases loaded for the first out of the fifth and the Lake Monsters trailing 4-1, then struckout with bases full for second out of the sixth. But in the eighth with one out and the bases loaded, Boyd worked the count to 3-2 before drilling a line drive over the rightfield fence.
#25 - June 16, 1994 - BASEBALL RETURNS TO VERMONT
Shortly after 7:00 pm Vermont starting pitcher Russell Handy threw a strike to Pittsfield's Yudith Ozorio and Minor League Baseball returned to Centennial Field after a five-year absence (since the Double-A Vermont Reds and Mariners played at Centennial 1984-88). The Mets jumped out to a 6-0 lead and Vermont rallied with five runs in the bottom of the seventh, but fell 6-5 to Pittsfield. Future Major Leaguer Trace Coquillette recorded Vermont's first hit and Expos first reliever was UVM alum Brady Frost.