Local Game Action
I must begin my column this week with a correction and an apology. Yup, it is confirmed, sports editors make mistakes too.
In my annual "spring sports preview," which ran in the April 14 edition of the Outlook, I mistakenly stated that the Black River High School softball team had failed to win their third consecutive, Division IV state title last season.
When in fact, coach Luigi Valente's Lady Presidents have indeed, won three consecutive state titles.
During this impressive run, the Black River softball team have won (at press time) 13 games in a row and an amazing 42 out of their last 44 games.
Now that is what you call a dynasty! My apologies and "hats off" to the Lady Presidents, and to read about Black River's latest victim , you need look no further to the next page.
In Chester, the Green Mountain Union High School softball team recently slammed Twin Valley, 21-3, in Wilmington.
Sarah Groshens got the start and win for the Lady Chiefs, while also helping her own cause with a 3-6 effort at the plate.
Other offensive contributions came from Jenny Kennedy who went 3-5 and Laura Hoffman who pitched in with a 2-4 effort.
Bryer-Lyn Crawford went 2-4 for Twin Valley, while Asley Lawless also pitched in with two hits.
The Green Mountain baseball team also had an easy go of it against Twin Valley, busting out for 13 runs in the fifth inning, on their way to a 25-14 victory.
Junior Jason Albert was the hitting star, including a two-run home run and a two-run double in the same inning. T. J. Slade got the win for the Chieftains.
In Springfield, the Lady Cosmos softball team recently played a nail-biter with Otter Valley, dueling to a scoreless tie through four innings, before the Otters got single runs in the last three innings to pull out a 3-0 win.
Ashley Richardson pitched well but took the loss for Springfield, scattering 10 hits and giving up two earned runs with three strike outs.
Erin Graham led the Lady Cosmos offense with two hits.
The Cosmos baseball team did not fair any better against the Otters, dropping a 13-6 loss in Springfield. At press time, the Cosmos were at 5-3 on the season.
This was a tough loss in the fact that the Cosmos held a 6-3 lead after six innings but could not hold off Otter Valley in the seventh, as they scored a whopping 10 runs on three hits, three walks and five Cosmos errors.
In Townshend, the Leland & Gray Rebels continued to roll with an impressive, 16-0 win over Proctor in six innings.
Colin Nystrum got the big hit for the Rebels with a three-run triple, while Trevor How pitched five innings for the win with six strike outs.
The Black River High School softball team is on another roll, knocking off Arlington on the road, 15-0.
The win follows up a perfect game at home against West Rutland (see game story on next page).
Senior Amanda Chambers threw a two-hit shut out including 10 strike outs in the win, while also helping her own cause with three hits.
Angie Valente added three hits, two RBI's and three runs scored, while Ashley Billings and Sarah Hawkins pitched in with two hits each.
The win (at press time) put Black River at 7-0 and counting.
The second round of the NBA and NHL playoffs are in full swing, with the Bruins and Celtics in the thick of it.
What Bruins fan would have thought that the B's would actually get the home-ice advantage to start the second round, but that is exactly what happened as they took on the Philadelphia Flyers at the TD Garden on Saturday.
It is the first time that the Big Bad Bruins and the Broad Street Bullies have knocked heads in the playoffs since the mid-1970's when it was really a rivalry.
At press time, the Bruins lead the series one game to none, after a thrilling overtime victory in game one as Marc Savard returned to action (after missing several weeks with a concussion) to score the game-winner.
The Celtics did not fare as well in the first game of their second series against the Cavaliers, as Labron James and company staged a huge comeback to take game one over the C's.
Don't give up on the Celtics just yet though, as Kevin Garnett appears healthy again and you never know what can happen in a seven game series.
The Big Four (Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajan Rondo) will really need to come up big, though, in order for Boston to pull off the upset.
If you really think about it and although James is the best player in this series, the next four best players in this match up are all Celtic players.
Yes, the Big Four!