High School Action
Even during vacation week, there was still plenty of local action on the diamond.
In Windsor, the Yellow Jackets baseball team recently went up against Fair Haven, but could not get enough offense going in a 6-2 loss to the Slaters.
However the bigger issue in this one might have been the Windsor pitching, which gave up seven bases-on-balls and also hit three batters in the loss. That is a lot of extra base runners.
The Jacks have also had problems scoring runs early in the season, which doesn't bode well when you are allowing a lot of base runners.
The Windsor softball team, however, had a little more luck against the Lady Slaters, beating Fair Haven in softball action rather handily, 9-2.
Windsor starter Amber Heath pitched a two-hit gem over five innings, while striking out six and walking only one, before Katelyn Curtis pitched the final two innings. Curtis also pitching in at the plate with two hits, an RBI and two runs scored.
Mariah Delong also had a big day with the bat, smacking two hits and two RBI's.
In Springfield, the Cosmos Derek Osborne got the big hit, a two out single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Springfield to a 4-3 win over Windsor at Riverside Park.
The winning hit came after Windsor had scored on a two out, two-run single in the top of the inning to tie the game.
Jeremy Currie got the start for the Cosmos and went six and 1/3 innings, scattering three runs and seven hits while striking out nine.
Alex Drost started for Windsor and also pitched effectively, going the distance while giving up six hits.
Staying in Springfield, the Lady Cosmos softball team recently traveled to Bennington, dropping a tough, 4-0 decision to Mount Anthony. At press time, the loss put Springfield at 2-3.
Ashly Glanovsky pitched a complete-game, two-hit shut out for Mount Anthony, with Ashley Richardson and Jill Rushton providing the only hits for the Cosmos, and both were bunt singles.
Despite taking the loss, Richardson pitched well for the Lady Cosmos, scattering four runs and nine hits, while striking out three.
In Manchester, the Burr & Burton Bulldogs baseball team and Rutland Raiders recently slugged out an extra inning affair, with the Raiders getting three runs in the top of the tenth inning to pull out a 10-7 win.
The Raiders jumped out early in this one with a run in the first, three in the second and two more in the third, before the Bulldogs got rolling, led by Mike Marino and Alex Richardson home runs.
The Bulldog relief pitching of Ed Lewicki, Richardson and T.J. Oliver - which shut down the Rutland offense for six innings, before the Raiders finally broke out for three in the tenth.
The 75th NFL Draft took place over the weekend, with plenty of surprise picks happening up and down the board and as usual, Patriots head man Bill Belichick was as unpredictable as ever.
Of course, quarterback Sam Bradford to the St. Louis Rams with the first overall pick was no surprise, but some of the other quarterback selections were shocking. Most draft boards had Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen as the next QB picked in the mid-to-late first round or early second, with Texas signal-caller Colt McCoy also going in the late first or second round.
But low-and-behold the Denver Broncos took what many feel is a big chance by grabbing Florida quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow with their first overall pick.
But why do that when you already have a young, franchise quarterback (Jay Cutler) and there are big questions about whether Tebow will even be able to play quarterback in the NFL.
As for the Patriots, Belichick did his usual, "trading down in order to accumulate more picks, which he did twice in the first round. He eventually took a player with his first pick, Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty.
Although it is not surprising for Belichick to trade down or to take a defensive player with his first pick, some draft experts really thought they were going to actually use their first pick instead of trading it, to draft arguably the most talented wide receiver in the draft in Dez Bryant.