In her first career varsity start, Rutland freshman hurler Taylor Kresconko pitched a gem, leading her Raiders to a 7 -2 non-league Division I win over the visiting MUHS Tigers on April 15. In seven innings of work Kresconko allowed the Tigers offense just one earned run and five hits, while recording three strikeouts without issuing a walk. Sam Snitker led the Raiders offense, going two-for-three with two triples to center and an RBI. Megan Blongy contributed another two hits to the Rutland win. Mallory James and Heather Bagleys combined efforts at the plate yielded four of the five Tiger hits. Both went two-for-three, with James adding an RBI triple in the third inning to her final statistics. The only other Middlebury hit was a base hit to left by their pitcher Lea Gipson in the fifth inning. Gipson went the distance for the visiting Tigers, yielding seven runs on seven hits and six walks in six innings of work. Gipson also struck out six Raider hitters. In Vergennes, just two days later, on April 17, Lake Placid scored four times in the sixth inning to overcome a 5-2 deficit and defeat the hometown Commodores 6-5. Elizabeth Paquette went 2-for-3 while Sam Flynn ripped a two-run double and scored twice. Margy Kershner added an RBI double for the Commodores. Devon Lane took the opening day loss for Vergennes. The very next afternoon the Commodores fell to 0-2 when they suffered a 7-1 loss in Winooski to the Spartans. Winooski hurler Denise Picard tossed a four hitter at the hapless Commodores, surrendering just one run while striking out eleven and allowing just one walk to get the win. While Picard silenced Vergennes bats, Katrina Premo and Julie Desautels made certain Winooskis were awake. Premo had two doubles and four RBIs while Desautels had a triple and a double, scored four times and drove in a run. What offense the Commodores could muster was lead by Sophomore Margy Kerschner, who collected three of their four hits including a double, and she scored the lone run for the 0-2 Commodores. Eight run inning lifts Raiders On tax day the Rutland Raiders baseball team got a positive return when they exploded for eight runs in the fifth inning to defeat the Middlebury Tigers 8-4 in both squads season opener. Having being held to just one hit through the first four innings by Tiger starter Sean Harrison, Rutland took advantage of a some Tiger errors with a few key hits, including a booming two-run triple to right center belted by Geoff Bloomer, to score eight times in the fifth inning, and then held on to claim the win. Robbie Dorion contributed a two-run double to the eight run explosion. Jackson Downey had three hits for the winless Tigers, who headed to Florida two days later, where they played both the Mount Abraham Eagles and Milton Yellow Jackets this past week. Any hopes the Raiders harbored for an undefeated season didnt last long. Just two days after defeating the Middlebury Tigers Gabe Nicasio banged out three hits, including a bases loaded, base clearing double to lead the Essex Hornets to an 11-6 win over the Raiders. Fellow Hornet hitters Steve Jurnak, Peter Dietrich and Adam Picard added two hits apiece, with Dietrich and Picard both banging out homeruns. Dave Valley added a huge hit with a three-run triple in the seventh inning. Curtis Garrow, who started on the bench, led the 1-1 Raiders offense with a perfect two-for-two day at the plate. The game was the Hornets season opener. In other high school baseball action last Saturday the Mount Abraham Eagles traveled all the way to Florida to defeat the Milton Yellow Jackets 8-1. Dean Butler drilled two singles and a triple and had an RBI to lead the Eagles offense. He was helped out by Kyle Kayhart who had two hits and Chad Estey who singled, doubled and drove in a run. Andrew Jesdale added a key two-run single. Pitcher Gerg Lutton not only shut down Miltons offense, but also delivered two hits and a RBI at the plate to aide his own cause. But as effective as he was at the plate, he was even more so on the hill. In nine innings of work Lutton allowed just one run on four hits, while striking out nine and walking one. The Eagles improved to 2-0 with the win, while the Yellow Jackets dropped to 1-1. After losing their season opener the Middlebury Tigers boys lacrosse team captured two in a row last week to improve to 2-1 on the year. On April 17 in Middlebury, Asa Sargent scored six goals and added two assists to lead the Tigers to a 14-2 thumping of the Mount Mansfield Cougars. Lance Robinson contributed another three goals and three assists to the massacre while Zach Robinson (two goals,) Colin Martin (two goals) and Jameson Levesque rounded out Middleburys scoring. Ross Lengyel and Jody Conant combined effort in the net yielded nine saves for the victors. Nick Riani and Tucker White scored for the Cougars, who dropped to 1-2 with the loss. Then last Saturday in Bennington Robinson bettered Sargents Thursday performance by one assist. Robinson scored six times and had three assists to lead the Tigers to an 11-4 win over the hometown Mount Anthony Patriots. Zach Robinson contributed a goal and five assists, while Bill Audet scored two goals with one assist. Jack LaFlamme and Colin Martin each added goals for Middleburys second straight win. Conant and Lengyell made eleven saves between them for the victors. Mark Creedy had three of the four goals scored by the 1-2 Patriots. In girls action, Lauren Brady and Katie Ritter scored two goals each to lead the Middlebury Tigers to a 9-6 win over Champlain Valley. Dea Vaczy, Amy Saenger, Kate Higgins, Amy Scholten and Kathryn Daly added single goals for Middlebury, who improved to 1-1 with the win. The Vermont chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame asked each of the state's 34 high schools with varsity programs to nominate a student-athlete for a possible scholarship. A player could be nominated by either the schools football coach or athletic director. Twenty-seven of the thirty-four qualifying schools made nominations. Those nominees will be honored at at an honors banquet to be held on May 4th at Middlebury College's Kenyon Arena. Six of the student-athletes will be awarded $500 scholarships. The nominees from Addison County are: Chad Foley from Middlebury and Brett Jipner from Mount Abraham. The rest of the nominees are: Preston Kinney, Mill River, Shaun McCarthy, Mount St. Joseph; Joey Simons, Poultney, Justin Stewart, Rutland, Joshua Bowen, North Country; Ethan Clark, Essex; Kyle Curran, Mount Anthony; Jeffrey Danyew, Windsor; A. J. Dusablon, Burlington; David Faxon, Burr and Burton; Connor Gallagher, Mount Mansfield; C. Philip Hall, U-32; Christopher Hodsden, Bellows Falls; Blake Isaacs, Hartford; Matt Lane, St. Johnsbury; Dylan Larabee, Brattleboro; Logan Macomber, Lyndon; Chris Mahl, South Burlington; Connor McCormick, Rice Memorial; Maxx McNall, BFA-Fairfax; Rocco Merola, Colchester; Dante Rossi III, Spaulding; Mark Talley, Champlain Valley; and Patrick Thomas, Winooski.