Ask anyone in the know who rules the Division II softball world in the state of Vermont and you will be told the Lyndon Vikings. Why? It is not just because they have won the state championship for the past four seasons, but also because they haven't lost a game since beating Hartford 6-3 on April 15, 2005. That is until last week.
Behind the pitching of Ashley Sanderson, and the hitting of Megan Greano and Kristy Pinkham, the Otter Valley Otters defeated Lyndon 3-2 last Saturday in Brandon, stopping the Vikings winning streak at 79 games.
Pinkham and Greeno recorded two hits apiece off Lyndon starter Elizabeth Hamel, while Michaela Harrington and Sanderson ripped key doubles. With the Otters trailing 1-0 in the fifth Harrington lashed a two-run double to give them a 2-1 lead. Sanderson followed suit in the sixth inning by driving in a third run with her version of a double.
Sanderson's real contribution to this huge win came where it has come from her all season long, on the hill. Sanderson pitched all seven innings, giving up two runs on just five hits while recording nine strikeouts and the win.
Her counterpart Hamel, gave up three runs on seven hits, while striking out three and walking a pair. Greer Lemnah had two hits for the Vikings, who fell to 6-1 on the year. Otter Valley improved to 8-1 and may of taken the lead for the top seed in the upcoming Division II playoffs.
Though there wasn't much more action last Saturday plenty of other Rutland County teams did hit the softball team Friday. Here are the results.
In North Clarendon the Minutemen had little trouble with the visiting Woodstock Wasps. Brandy Bennick, Haley Cotrupi and Lynn Wede smacked four hits apiece as Mill River masqueraded the visiting Wasps 37-2. Kayla Plouffe and Casey Dambrackas had three hits apiece for an offense that had very little trouble getting on base. Meanwhile Bennick took care of business on the mound too, pitching the entire game, giving up just two runs and three hits to get the win. The victory elevated Mill River to 8-3 on the year.
In other Division II action the Fair Haven Slaters were shutout at home 12-0 by the visiting Mount Anthony Union Patriots. Bree Ripley recorded four hits and Michelle King banged out a double and a triple to pace the visitors offensive onslaught. But MAU hurler Ashley Glavinsky proved she did not need all the runs provided by her productive teammates. Glavinsky threw a six hit shutout at the hapless Slaters. Ali Mancuso and Brooke Ryan had two hits each for Fair Haven, who fell to 3-7 with the loss.
In Division IV action the West Rutland Golden Horde tasted sweet victory twice, sweeping a doubleheader at home over the Rochester Rockets. The opening game proved to be a pitching duel between West Rutland's Sara Walczuk and Rochester's Bennett McPhetres. Walczuk would end the duel with her bat. With teams tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the seventh inning Emily Sumner led off with her second double of the game, and was then sacrificed to third. Walczuk followed by delivering an infield hit that plated Sumner, giving the Horde an exciting 2-1 win.
Walczuk was credited with the win, allowing just one run on six hits with six strikeouts and a walk in seven innings of work. Her counterpart McPhetres just as solid a performance, including 10 strikeouts, only to suffer the loss.
In the nightcap, won by West Rutland 10-7, Brooke Griswold banged a triple and a single at the plate, and won her first ever varsity start as a pitcher. Offensively Griswold was helped out by Hillary Hunt, who also had two hits. In her debut on the mound Griswold allowed just fpir hits and struck out three to pick up the win. The Golden Horde pulled even on the year at 4-4 with the sweep.
Things didn't go as well for the Mount Saint Joseph Mounties. The Twin Valley Wildcats took advantage of sloppy fielding by the Mounties and converted numerous errors into 7 runs on their way to a 10-3 win. Molly Corse picked up the win for the Wildcats, holding MSJ's offense to just two hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. Dominique Mercier
Had both hits for the Mounties, who fell to 2-4 with the loss.
Minutemen slip past Wasps 10-8
Capitalizing on a three run sixth inning Mill River defeated the Woodstock Waps 10-8 last Friday at home in boy's high school baseball action. Trevor Kotrady led the Minutemen with three hits, including a clutch RBI single in that three run sixth. Sophomore hurler Josh Maniery, who came on in relief, earned the win. Meanwhile, also on in relief, Jonny Ferrero, suffered the loss for Woodstock. Allen White added a pair of hits for Mill River, who improved to 4-5 with the win.
The same day in West Minster the Otter Valley Otters lost to the Bellows Falls Terriers 7-6, after holding a 6-3 lead when Jeff Jackson broke a 3-3 tie with a three run homerun in the top of the fifth. However in the bottom of the same frame the hometown Terriers took advantage of some walks and costly Otter errors to score four tomes on just one hit to take a 7-6 lead, which they held to the end. Freshman Jeremy Kilburn worked six innings to pick up the win for Bellows Falls.
Raiders cut Canes 16-2
Ashley Boucher and Hannah Wright netted a hat trick each, and they each supplied two assists as the Rutland Raiders thrashed the Hartford Hurricanes 16-2 in girl's high school lacrosse action last Friday. Kayla DelBianco, Marisa Kiefaber and Chelsea Temple contributed two goals apiece, while Shannon Kennelly, Melissa Gfeller, Kate Kurchena and Chelsea Monaco all joined in the fun with single goals. Jesse Wilson and Colleen hunt split net duties for the victorious Raiders. Wilson was credited with three saves, and Hunt made seven for Rutland, who improved to 9-1 with the win.
Silas Larson pumped in six goals and supplied two assists to lead his Vergennes Commodores to a 9-6 win over the Otter Valley Otters in boy's high school lacrosse action last Saturday in Vergennes.. Mitch Goyette, Bobby Worley and Joe Russett added goals and Tim Glassberg made 15 saves for the Commodores, who improved to 6-2 with the win. Pierce Thurston supplied a hat trick to lead the visiting Otters, and Andrew Piper, Josh McDonough and Eric Pillon had single goals to complete their scoring. In the net Zach Jepson stopped 16 Commodore blasts..
Dogs defeat unbeaten Raiders
The Burr and Burton Bulldogs girl's tennis team avenged their only loss of the season when they nipped the Rutland Raiders 4-3 last Friday. This matched promised to be an exciting one between two excellent teams, and it lived up to that promise, coming down to the final singles match between BBA's Molly Heartfield and Rutland's Deanna Rodolfy to determine a winner. Before that match was decided each squad had won three matches apiece.
In doubles action the squads split the two matches. Rutland's Hannah Ojala and Julie Lernihan defeated Burr and Burton's Abby Crowley and Corbin Chase, 8-6, 6-2. But in the second doubles match Melanie Thulin and Hannah Harrington from Burr and Burton swept Rutland's Kayleen Reardon and Felicia West, in two straight sets 6-4, 6-1.
The two teams split the other four singles matches as well. Angelica Cofer and Kerry Howard scored single wins for the Bulldogs. Cofer easily dispatched Rutland's Miranda Stoutes 6-1, 6-1. Howard didn't have anymore difficulty handling Kristen Martin, taking the Raider down in two straight sets 6-2, 6-0. With some well placed shots though Rutland's Sara Brower outlasted Burr and Burton's Clare Kelly 6-4, 6-3 to secure a point for Rutland. Rutland's Anna Nadle and Burr and Burtons Elizabeth Silsby hooked up in a classic battle. Nadle easily won the first set 6-0, but Silsby responded with a hard fought 6-4 win in the second set. The third set was just as exciting as the second with Nadle coming out on top of a 6-4 score this time, giving Rutland their third win of the match.
That meant the winner between Heartfield and Rodolfy would secure a 4-3 win for their team. Heartfield won the opening set 6-3, and then survived a comeback by Rodolfy in the second set to win in a tie-breaker 7-5, essentially clinching the 4-3 win for the Bulldogs. Burr and Burton improved to 6-1 with the win, while Rutland's hope for a perfect season ended. The Raiders were 7-1 after the heartbreaking loss.