Last Tuesday may have been tax day for working Americans, but for members of the Rutland Raiders softball team it was a day to celebrate victory. In her first career varsity start, freshman hurler Taylor Kresconko pitched a gem, leading her Raiders to a 7-2 non-league Division I win over the visiting Middlebury Tigers. 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 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. As much as the Raiders benefited from super pitching last Tuesday, they were even more a victim of it just two days later. Last Thursday in Rutland, Stephanie Frank fired a no-hitter at Rutland, leading her visiting Essex Hornets to a 5-0 win over the hometown Raiders. Frank missed a perfect game by just two hitters. She hit one batter, and Rutland managed to reach base on an error, but that was it. In her seven innings of work she struck out eight Raider hitters. Meanwhile Rutlands Katherine Cohen kept the Raiders in the game by shutting out the visiting Hornets through the first four. But Essex would score one in the fifth, one in the sixth and then put the game away with a three-run seventh inning. In her seven innings of work Cohen surrender five runs on eight hits. Tonya Frank and Stephanie Falls had two hits each for Essex who improved to 1-0 with the win. Rutland stands at 2-2 with the last weeks split. Late game heroics lift Mill River to victory In other softball action last week the Mill River Minutemen overcame an early 7-0 deficit in Bennington to defeat the Mount Anthony Patriots 11-8 Wednesday, April 16. After falling behind 7-0, Mill River battled back and were down by just two heading into their final at bat. Then, thanks in part to two Patriot errors, the Minutemen scored five times in the seventh to secure the 11-8 win. Minutemen starter Jessica MacDonald, after struggling early, settled down and completed the game for the win. In her seven innings of work she gave up eight runs on seven hits, while striking out five and walking two. Ashley Glanlowsky took the loss in relief for Mount Anthony. Mill Rivers Kayla Plouffe banged out two hits and scored three runs to lead the comeback, while Desiree Gray contributed a pair of hits herself. The 1-2 Patriots got two hits apiece from Michelle King and Megan Murphy. Mill River improved to 4-0 with the win. Big fifth inning carries Raiders over Tigers 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 been held to just one hit through the first four innings by Tiger starter Sean Harrison, Rutland took advantage of 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. Mount Saint Joseph wins a close one In other baseball action last week the Mount Saint Joseph Mounties scored four times in the seventh, and then held off a final Slater rally to claim an exciting 6-5 win last Thursday in Fair Haven. Heading into the seventh inning, things looked bleak for the Mounties. Slater starter Sam Macomber owned the MSJ hitters. Over the first six innings he had surrendered just two hits, recorded ten strikeouts, and at one point retired fifteen Mounties in a row. But then came the seventh inning. Trailing 4-2, Will Hadeka and Ryan Carter started things for the Mounties with back-to-back singles. Mike Cirelli then hit a catchable fly ball to left field, but the left fielder lost it in the sun and MSJ had the bases loaded with no outs. An infield single by Bill Shouldice, scored Hadeka making it 4-3. MSJ then tied the game when Carter scored on a wild pitch that sent Cirelli to third and Shouldice to second. Those two then scored when Rich Kussel singled to right center, putting the Mounties on top 6-4, but the Slaters werent done. With runners on first and second with just one out Andrew Patch hit an infield grounder that MSJ was able to force out Garrett Hewes, who was headed for second, but pinch runner Zach Daigle raced home all the way from second, making it a 6-5 game. Brette Langevin then went in to pinch run for Patch at first base, and represented the tying run with two outs. Nathan Stannard then delivered a key single to center, but Langevin unwisely tried to advance to third on it. Hadeka made a strong throw to third where third baseman Nolan Rhodes retrieved it, and placed on diving tag on Langevin to end the game. The Slaters fell to 1-1 with the heartbreaking loss, while the Mounties remained perfect at 4-0 with the comeback victory. Houston scores six in Lady Raiders victory On April 16 in Saint Albans, Leah Houston scored six times to lead the Rutland Raiders girls lacrosse team to a 14-4 thumping over BFA-St. Albans. Hannah Wright contributed an additional four goals and three assists to the massacre. Alli Berno scored twice for BFA in what was their season opener. Vermont organization seeking nominations The Vermont chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame asked each of the states 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 Rutland County are: Preston Kinney, Mill River, Shaun McCarthy, Mount St. Joseph; Joey Simons, Poultney and Justin Stewart, Rutland. The rest of the nominees are: Joshua Bowen, North Country; Ethan Clark, Essex; Kyle Curran, Mount Anthony; Jeffrey Danyew, Windsor; A. J. Dusablon, Burlington; David Faxon, Burr and Burton; Chad Foley, Middlebury; Connor Gallagher, Mount Mansfield; C. Philip Hall, U-32; Christopher Hodsden, Bellows Falls; Blake Isaacs, Hartford; Brett Jipner, Mount Abraham; 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.