Jamie MacDonald and Tyler Wood rapped out four hits apiece last Saturday, in Ludlow, leading their Mill River Minutemen to an easy 16-2 win over the hometown Black River Presidents, in boys high school baseball action. One of MacDonald's hits was a three run homer. Kippy Turco paced the hometown Presidents offense. Tuco blasted a double and had two singles to go with it, while Dave Creaser contributed two hits to the losing cause.
Mill River improved to 11-4 with the win, while the Presidents fell to 5-9 on the year.
Meanwhile in Chester the visiting West Rutland Golden Horde were being absolutely annihilated in a double header by the Green Mountain Chieftans. In the opener Chris Albert paced the Chieftan's offensive attack with a homerun and a single, while his teammate Mitchell O'Neil added another 2 hits to the one-sided win. Mike Cavacas picked up the complete game win. He worked all seven innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out seven. Green Mountain won easily 14-1.
As easily as they won the opener, the nightcap was even a larger massacre. The Chieftans defeated the visiting Horde 28-3, wrapping it up in just 5 innings due to the mercy rule. Dom Strohmeyer did it all for Green Mountain in this one. At the plate he haf four hits in five appearances and drove in two. Justin Veysey helped him out offensively by contributing three hits and scored four runs. Strohmeyer was also the winning pitcher. He threw all 5 innings, giving up 3 runs on five hits, while striking out seven. Grren Mountain outscored their guests 42-4 over the two games and improved to 12-2 with the sweep
In Rutland last Friday night the Brattleboro Colonels slipped past the Rutland Raiders 2-1 in the most exciting game of the weekend. The two teams battled to a scoreless tie until the top of the sixth inning. In the sixth inning Rutland starter Justin Godzik walked the Colonels leadoff hitter Mark LaValley. One out later Brattleboro's pitcher Devin Rhodes singled to right, advancing LaValley to third. Then Rob Meyer laid down a perfect squeeze bunt that scored LaValley putting the Colonels on tp 1-0. Then with one out and runners on first and second Derek Sargent drilled a base hit that scored Rhodes from scored Rhodes from second, making it 2-0 Brattleboro.
Going into their final at bat it looked like that is how the game would end. Up to that point Rhodes had completely dominated the Raider hitters, surrendering just one hit through the first six innings. But Rutland found some offensive focus and made it interesting in the seventh. Sam Major led the inning off with a base hit. Rhodes retired the next two Raiders, but with two outs and one on Greg Roy hit a slippery single, putting two on.. Then Joe Garrow single up the middle, scoring Major while Roy advanced to second carrying the tying run. That brought up Mike Triller who responded well to the pressure by wrapping the ball hard back up the Middle. But unfortunately for the hometown Raiders Brattleboro second baseman Tommy Heydinger got to the grounder, gloved it and flipped it to Pelz-Walsh at second base to end the game. It was the second time in two weeks Bt\\rattleboro had defeated Rutland 2-1.
Rhodes picked up the complete game win, while Godzik suffered the loss for he Raiders. Rhodes allowed just the one run on three hits, while Godzik gave up just two runs on eight hits. Rutland fell to 7-8 with the loss. Meanwhile the win was a huge one for the visiting Colonels. Not only did they improve to 12-2 on the season, but with the win they assured themselves of at least a share of the MVL A Division Regular Season Championship.
They were playing Poultney last Friday too. Bobby Riley and Jake Crowther stroked three hits each to lead their Leland And Gray Rebels to a 10-5 win over the hometown Poultney Blue Devils. Chris Barnum, the winning pitcher, helped his own cause by ripping out a couple of singles himself. Chris Barnum.
Scott Williams went 2 for 3 with a ground-rule double and two RBI to lead Poultney's offense. Chris Shepardson contributed by driving in a pair of runs for the Devils, who fell to 6-8 with the loss.
Otters Thrash Dogs 12-3: Capture MVL B-Division Championship
In high school softball action last Saturday in Brandon Michaela Harrington blasted a two-run homer and drove in three runs to pace her Otter Valley Otters to 12-3 win over the visiting Burr and Burton Bulldogs. Kristy Pinkham had a solid offensive day for the Otters as well, collecting two hits, driving in run and crossing the plate four times. Senior Amanda Sanders contributed two hits and an RBI to the nine run win. Kaylee Pinson and Malory Ketcham combined on a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts to take care of the work on the hill. Ketchum picked up the win with her work over the final four frames.
Alicia Trombley ripped a pair of doubles for the visiting Bulldogs to be their leading hitter on the day.
Not only did the Otters improve to 10-4 with the win, but they also clinched the MVL B-Division Championship. Last years division II State Champions, the Otters stand a good chance of repeating. With just a pair of games left they currently stand as the second seed in Division II.
Raiders Crush Otters 16-3
David Kraus scored four goals to lead the Rutland Raiders to an easy 16-3 win over the Otter Valley Otters last Friday in boy's high school lacrosse action. Kevin Ricketts and Matt Mazariello each had a hat trick and Tony Johnson contributed another two goals to the onslaught. In a game dominated by Rutland their goalie David Morgan wasn't challenged much, but he did stop 8 shots to claim the win. The Raiders improved to 12-3 with the win.
Matt Miller, Andrew Piper and Peter Bautista scored single goals for the Otters. But if it wasn't for the efforts of Otter goalie Zach Jepson the outcome could have been much worse. Miller turned in a stellar performance making an incredible 35 saves.