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In Townshend, the Leland & Gray baseball team is putting together another fine season after recently crushing Black River, 20-2, in five innings. The win at press time, put the Rebels at 7-1 on the season as they attempt to defend their two-year run as Division III state champions.
Recently returning from injury, senior Tyler Russell got the start and went the first three innings for the win, with Brandon Reiley pitching the final two innings to preserve the victory.
Colin Nystrom led the offensive explosion for the Rebels with five hits, including a triple and four RBI's, while Russell helped his own cause with two hits and four RBI's. Reiley also pitched in with two hits and three RBI's.
Staying in Townshend, the Leland & Gray softball recently edged out Mill River with a 4-3, extra-inning win over the Lady Minutemen.
The Rebels Chauncey Jones got the game winning hit, a one-out, run-scoring single in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Leland & Gray's Nicole Sherman got the start and went the distance for the win, scattering four hits and three walks while striking out an impressive 13 Lady Minutemen.
The Rebels big inning came in the bottom of the second, scoring three runs on RBI-hits from Colby Taylor and Betheny Burdick.
Burdick also tripled in the seventh, her second extra-base hit of the game. Mikayla Maniery led the offense for Mill River with two triples and a run scored.
At press time, the win was the sixth in a row for Leland & Gray, extending their record to 9-1. With the loss, Mill River fell to 9-3 on the season.
The Springfield High School softball team recently traveled to Otter Valley, dropping a tough, 4-1 loss in Brandon.
A tough loss in the fact that the Lady Cosmos simply couldn't produce the big hit when they needed it most, leaving a whopping 10 runners on base through five innings.
Kaylee Pinson got the start for the Lady Otters and got the win, despite walking a tight rope the entire game. However, she bent - but did not break, giving up five hits and five walks while striking out seven.
Otter Valley scored two runs in the first inning on a Michaela Harrington RBI-hit and a bunt, then two more in the third on an outfield error.
Staying in Springfield, the Cosmos baseball team was also in Brandon and lost a tough one themselves, with the Otters breaking a tie in the bottom of the seventh for a 10-9 Otter Valley win.
Senior Brandon Boyle led the offense for Springfield with three hits, while Matt Mitchell and Ethan McAllister pitched in with two hits each. McCallister also took the loss on the mound in relief.
The winning run scored when Alex Alger, who had reached on an error, raced home on a squeeze bunt with the bases loaded.
The Bellows Falls Union High School softball team recently got their second win of the season, beating Burr & Burton, 4-1, in Manchester. It was the second win of the season for the Lady Terriers.
BF's Julie Cermola got the big hit, a three-run homer run in the fifth inning which broke a 1-1 tie. Tia Billado drove in the other Terrier run.
Emma Shaw got the start for Bellows Falls and pitched well, giving up on one run and three hits, while striking out four. The only run for Burr & Burton scored on a bases-loaded walk by Tamare Niles.
After a rough start to the season, the Burr & Burton baseball nine is fighting their way back into the mix, after recently knocking off Fair Haven, 13-2, for their second straight victory. The win (at press time) put the Bulldogs at 4-6 on the season.
This game was controlled, on the mound and at the plate, by BBA junior-right hander Ed Lewicki, who not only had a no-hitter going into the fifth inning, but also helped his own cause with three hits and four RBI's at the plate.
C's Crown King James
In a seemingly very surprising upset of sorts, even for die-hard Boston fans, the Celtics jelled (and got healthy) just in time to knock off LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs. The win pushes the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals and a match up with the hottest team in the playoffs, the Orlando Magic.
The Celtics were given no shot at beating reigning NBA MVP King James, however, this editor heard legendary Boston sportswriter Dan Shaughnessy declare that the Celtics would win this series because even though Cleveland has the best player in the series in James, the Celtics have the next "four" best players in the series in Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo. (sorry Antwoine Jamison).