The Castleton State College Spartans and Middlebury Panthers hooked up for two last Saturday in Castleton.
In the opener the Spartans squeaked out a 1-0 win behind the arm of pitcher Hilary Bemis, who turned in an impressive outing. Bemis got the complete game shutout to up her personal record to 8-8 on the year. Sarah Flore singled home Megan Blongy in the fifth inning for the games only run. Ali McAnaney took the loss for the panthers, dropping her to 7-4 on the year despite a strong outing.
In the second game Middlebury's Megan Martel broke a 6-6 tie by driving in the winning run in the bottom of the sixth, giving her Panthers a big 7-6 win. Emma Katz went the distance for the Panthers in her first career start to pick up the win. After the split the Panthers stood at 17-10, while Castleton Crusaders were 15-18
Raiders Nip Hornets 3-2
Kate Kurchena and Marisa Kiefaber scored three goals apiece to lead the Rutland Raiders to a 10-9 win over the Essex Hornets in high school lacrosse action last Friday in Essex. Kurchena's third goal broke a 9-9 tie with 8:39 left to play. From their Rutlands deadly defense, led by Dana Nelson and Mary Kate Cirelli, held Essex back the rest of the way to secure the one goal win for the visiting Raiders. Sara Lovett added a goal and an assist, while Ali Dorion, Gracie Wright and Melissa Gfeller contributed single goals to the winning effort. In the netColeen Hunt made eight saves, before giving way to Kristie Ryan, who added another pair for the 4-1-1 Rutland squad. Jamie Panton led four goals for the Hornets.
Colonels Sweep Raiders
Both the Rutland Raiders baseball and softball teams traveled to Brattleboro last week to take on the Colonels, and both came back home without a win.
In baseball Rutland's Justin Godzik pitched a beautiful game, giving up just two unearned runs on three hits while turning in a complete game. Unfortunately for the Raiders they could only plate 1 run themselves, losing 2-1 and falling to 5-3 on the year. Mike Howe drove in the lone Raider run with a pinch hit single in the bottom of the sixth inning.
For the Rutland girls the problem was Brattleboro hurler Kayla Woodson, who tossed a six hit shutout at the visiting Raiders. Offensively the Colonels manged to score twice to secure a 2-0 win. In the second inning Cassie Rawson doubled and scored on a double steal. They increased that lead to 2-0 in the fifth inning when Syndey Santore blasted a run scoring triple off Rutland's Taylor Kresconko. Kresconko took the loss but pitched well, giving up just two runs and five hits, while recording eight strikeouts in six innings of work. Emily Louras had a double and a single while Theresa Goodwin added two singles for Rutland in the losing effort. The loss was the second for Rutland in as many nights.
Last Friday the Raiders preceded their loss to Brattleboro by losing in the finals of the Drury Tournament to tournament hosts Drury High School 13-4. Drury took advantage of a defensive collapse by the Raiders in the 4th and 5th innings. In those two innings the Raiders defense made seven errors, and Drury cashed them in for 11 runs. Kelsey Ouimet had a double, a single and drove in four runs to lead Drury's offense.
Meanwhile hurler Kelsey Molloy took care of business shutting down the Rutland bats. In seven innings of work Drury gave up just one hit, a two run single by Sam Teupker in the sixth inning. Mosley also struckout an impressive 12 Raider batters on her way to the complete game win. Taylor Kresconko took the loss for the Raiders, who fell to 3-3 with the back-to-back action.
In other softball action last weekend the Otter Valley Otters needed just six innings to thump the Burr and Burton Bulldogs 17-1 last Saturday in Manchester. The Otters offense feasted off Bulldog pitching, banging out 20 hits, and that offense was led by Kristy Pinkham, who was a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate. Kaylee Pinson pitched the entire game to pick up a complete game win. Burr and Burton's Bullgog's Libby Merrill ruined Pinson's shutout bid when she tripled and scored on a passed ball. The Otters improved to 4-2 with the win, while the Bulldogs fell to 1-3 on the year.
The Fair Haven Slaters were in action last weekend too, falling to the Windsor Yellow Jackets 9-2 in Windsor. Pitcher Amber Heath fired a two-hitter over five innings, struck out six while walking just two to pick up the win for the hometown Yellow Jackets. Katelyn Curtis relieved her after five. Offensively Heath, Curtis and .Mariah Delong led the way for Windsor's potent offensive attack. All three were 2-for-4. Curtis and Marshall each banged doubles and between the three of them they scored five runs, and drove in four. Fair Haven's Emily Rinquist took the loss. In six innings of work she gave up nine runs on ten hits with four strikeouts and one walk.