Peter Batista, Nate Fitzgerald and Keke Frye led a deadly ground attack last Saturday, in Rutland, that amassed 396 yards on 32 carries (12.8 yards per carry) leading the Otter Valley Otters to a 55-8 thumping of the hometown Mount Saint Joseph Mounties. Batista had touchdown runs of five and 22 yards. He also had a 32-yard interception return for another TD.
Frye, whose 84 yard TD scamper was the longest of the day, added a 6 yard scoring run. Fitzgerald (seven yards) and Lance Schu (nine yards) added touchdown runs to the onslaught. Quarterback Zak Williams attempted just one pass and he completed it ti Jimmy Winslow for 11 yards. Kicker Pike Ladigo nailed seven of his eight extra point attempts on a day where everything seemed to go right for the boys from Brandon. MSJ, who fell to 0-4 with the loss, scored their only touchdown on an eleven yard pass from Collin Gilbert to Josiah Corlew. Otter Valley improved to 2-2 overall on the year.
On the same afternoon in Clarendon the Mill River Minutemen turned five turnovers by the Winooski Spartans into a 53-22 Division III high school football win. Five fumbles led to five Mill River touchdowns. Derrick Mashteare-Guilmette added two rushing touchdowns to the victory. Spartan quarterback Devin Rollins rushed for one touchdown himself and hit Jalen Miller on a TD pass for another score.
Meanwhile, in Poultney the Fair Haven Slaters outscored the Poultney Blue Devils 28-7 in the second half to roll to a 35-14 win. Cody Bardin led the Slater attack with three rushing touchdown. Levin Ellis scored the remaining two Slater Tds. He had a forty-yard interception return, and he caught a ten yard touchdown pass, thrown by quarterback Robert Colutti. Tyler Rice had touchdown runs of 3 and 2 yards in defeat for the Poultney Blue Devils. Fair Haven improved to 2-2 with the road win.
Rockets Blast Horde
Daley Crowley and Paityn Boyer both scored to lead their Rochester Rockets to a 2-1 win in girls high school soccer this past Saturday, in West Rutland, over the hometown Golden Horde. Rochester controlled the contest, and the outcome could have been much worse had it not been for the effort by West Side goalie Amanda Harte. Harte kept the Golden Horde in the game until the end by stopping 18 blasts by the Rockets. Morgan Raiche assisted Sam Lacz for West Rutland's lone score. The Golden Horde, who are still seeking their first victory, fell to 0-6 on the year.
The Vermont Lake Monsters and Oakland Athletics have signed a two-year Player Development Contract (PDC) for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, the two teams announced today.
The agreement means that Vermont will be the New York-Penn League affiliate for Oakland after the Lake Monsters had been partners with the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals franchise for 17 years dating back to Vermont's first season in 1994 (the Nationals moved their NY-Penn League affiliation to the Auburn Doubledays on Tuesday).
The Athletics short-season Single-A team had been located in Vancouver, British Columbia since the 2000 season, but Toronto and the Vancouver Canadians recently signed a four-year PDC moving the Blue Jays short-season team from Auburn to Vancouver of the Northwest League.
The Lake Monsters will begin their 18th New York-Penn League season in June 2011. Season tickets can be purhased now online at www.vermontlakemonsters.com, by phone at 802-655-4200 or in person at the Lake Monsters front office at the top of the King Street Ferry Dock.