It is playoff time again for spring high school sports, and numerous Rutland County teams were competing last weekend in quest of that rare treasure for the high school athlete, a state championship. Below you will find a wrap up of who was still alive, and how they fared this past weekend.
The softball playoffs began the week of June 1 and last weekend were in their quarterfinals round. The semifinals were to be play this past week (our deadline for this paper was last Monday morning) with the state championships scheduled for this weekend. Here is your breakdown for Rutland County teams.
The Rutland Raiders, the counties only division I team was still alive at our deadline. The sixth seeded Raiders defeated the eleventh seeded Champlain Valley Union Redhawks I the opening round, and were supposed to face the third seeded Missisiquoi Valley Thunderbirds in the semifinals last Saturday. That game however was rained out and rescheduled for this past Monday. Oh that Vermont weather.
Last years state champions, the Otter Valley Otters are still in the hunt for a repeat title. The second seeded Otters advanced to the semifinals with a 6-3 win over the seventh seeded Springfield Cosmos last Saturday's quarterfinal game played in Brandon. Meranda Bassette banged out a pair of hits, including a double and drove in two run t lead the Otters offense. She was aided by Michaela Harrington who stole three bases and scored twice for the Otters. Meanwhile, Kaylee Tinson took care of the Cosmos bats, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out nine in seven innings of work.
Sarah Vredenburg and Emily Graham had two hits each for Springfield, who finish the year at 8-10.. Ashley Richardson took the loss for the Cosmos.
The Otters had a semifinal date with the sixth seeded Lamoille Lancers, who were coming off a quarterfinal upset win over the third seeded Middlebury Tigers. If the Otters pulled that one out, which was to be played this past Tuesday, they will get a shot at repeating their state title this weekend. Lamoille eliminated the only other Rutland County team, the eleventh seeded Fair Haven Slaters, in the opening round.
The fifth seeded Mill River Minutemen were the lone Rutland County representative in this division. They advanced to the quarterfinals last weekend by defeating the twelfth seeded Windsor Yellow Jackets in the opening round. They then traveled to Townshend last Saturday to take on the fourth seeded Leland and Gray Rebels in the quarterfinals, and were eliminated from the tournament with a 5-2 loss.
Chelsea Cox went 2-for-2 at the plate with a run and an RBI while Aly Marcucci banged out an RBI double to pace the Rebels offense in a game that saw very little offense. Nicole Sherman earned the win on the hill by turning in a superb performance. Sherman allowed two run on just five hits with eight strikeouts. Amanda Ley, who also turned in a solid performance, took the loss for Minutemen, who finish their season at 13-5. Lay allowed five runs on five hits with seven strikeouts.
In this division the ninth seeded Proctor Phantoms and twelfth seeded West Rutland Golden Horde were eliminated in the opening. The Phantoms lost to Canaan, while the Horde were eliminated by the fifth seeded Blue Mountain Bucks. The sixth seeded Poultney Blue Devils however advanced to the quarterfinals by dispatching the eleventh seeded Arlington Eagles in the opening round.
The Blue Devils then scored five runs in the first two innings last Saturday, and held on from there to upset the third seeded Twinfield Trojans 8-5 in the quarterfinals. Kelsey Brown and Laura Lyle smacked doubles for Poultney's offense, who capitalized on nine Twinfield errors. On the hill winning pitcher Emma Lamberton allowed five runs on nine hits with six walks and two strikeouts.
Lamberton's counterpart Emily Berkeley had a great day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and an inside-the-park home run. On the mound she recorded five strikeouts, issued one walk and gave up five hits. Bryanna duPont went 3-for-4 with two doubles.
Twinfield ends the season at 12-4, while Poultney had a semifinal date with the second seeded South Royalton Royals this past Tuesday. If they managed another upset then they will find themselves competing for a division IV state championship this weekend.
The baseball playoffs also began the week of June 1st and last weekend were in their quarterfinals round. The semifinals were to be played this past week (our deadline for this paper was last Monday morning) with the state championships scheduled for this weekend. Here is your breakdown for Rutland County teams.
The twelfth seeded Rutland Raiders were eliminated in the opening round. They wre eliminated by the fifth seeded Mount Mansfield Cougars on Wednesday, June 2.
Of the three division II Rutland County teams who entered the tournament, only the Mill River Minutemen survived to reach last weekend's quarterfinals. The ninth seeded Fair Haven Slaters and the eleventh seeded Otter Valley Otters were knocked out in the opening round. The Otters were blanked by the sixth seeded Woodstock Wasps 7-0 on Tuesday, June 1st. The Slaters were eliminated the same afternoon by the Springfield Cosmos.
The second seeded Mill River Minutemen dispatched the fifteenth seeded Lamoille Lancers in the opening round. Then, in the quarterfinals they hosted the tenth seeded Milton Yellow Jackets last Friday night.
Milton, who was coming off an opening round upset, proved to provide very little challenge to Mill River hurler Ryan Hammond. Hammond shutout the hapless Yellow Jackets. Mill River's offense, led by Joey Beland who hit a two-run homer, posted nine runs to easily win their quarterfinal match-up 9-0.
Anthony Campbell paced what meager offense Milton did prouduce. Campbell had a pair of hits, including a double. Nick Ferguson pitched 4 2/3 innings in taking the loss for Milton who wind their season up at 7-11. The Minutemen were to face the third seeded Burr and Burton Bulldogs this past Tuesday. If they pulled that one out then they will be playing for a division II state championship this weekend.
The eleventh seeded Poultney Blue Devils were the only Rutland County team in the field for this tournament, and they didn't last very long. The Blue Devils were eliminated in the opening round, on Tuesday, June 1st by a sixth seeded Oxbow squad.
No Rutland County teams reached the quarterfinals in division IV baseball this year.
BOYS AND GIRLS LACROSSE
The lacrosse playoffs, both boys and girls, also began the week of June 1st and last weekend were in their quarterfinals round. The semifinals were to be played this past week (our deadline for this paper was last Monday morning) with the state championships scheduled for this weekend. Here is your breakdown for Rutland County teams.
Division I Boys:
The fourth seeded Rutland Raiders got an opening round buy and then hosted the fifth seeded Woodstock Wasps last Saturday in the quarterfinals. Rutland bult up a commanding 5-1 lead in this one, and then survived a Woodstock comeback, hanging on to win 5-4. David Kraus led the Rutland attack with two goals while .Jordan Aquistapace and Andrew Boyle contributed a goal and an assist each for the victorious Raiders. In the net Rutland goalie David Morgan made 10 critical saves. Alex Melville scored twice and Tyler Hogstrom had eight saves for Woodstock who finish their year at 11-7. Rutland was scheduled to play the top seeded Champlain Valley Union Redhawks in the semifinals this past Tuesday. If they pulled off the upset in that one then they will be competing for a division I state championship this weekend.
Division I Girls:
Just like the boys the Rutland Raider girls earned the fourth seed and an opening round bye. They then hosted the fifth seeded Spaulding Crimson Tide last Friday night in the quarterfinals, and eliminated them with an 18-6 drubbing. Narisa Kiefaber tallied an impressive seven goals to lead the onslaught. Grace Wright contributed another three goals and three assists. Kate Kurchna also registered a ha trck. In the net Rutland goalie Colleen Hunt made 10 saves.
Michela Smith scored three goals, Anna Johnson had two in defeat for Spaulding. and Hayley Waters scored their only other goal.. The Raiders were scheduled to face the top seeded Mount Anthony Patriots his past Tuesday, hoping to pull off the upset and find a spot in this weekend's state championship game.
Division II Boys:
No Rutland County teams made it past the opening round in this division. The only two teams in the field from this county were eliminated in the opening round. The thirteenth seeded Mount Saint Joseph Mounties were eliminated by the fourth seeded Union-32 Raiders on Wednesday, June 3. The very same afternoon the Otter Valley Otters were being eliminated by the fifth seeded Green Mountain Chieftains.
Division II Girls:
There were no Rutland County teams in the playoff field for this division.