By Frederick Pockette
It is playoff time again for spring high school sports, and numerous some local 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 1st and last weekend were in their quarterfinals round. The semifinals were to be play this past week (our deadline for this paper was last Tuesday morning) with the state championships scheduled for this weekend. Here is your breakdown for local teams.
The only local team in this field, the eleventh seeded Champlain Valley Union Redhawks, were eliminated in the first round, on Wednesday, June 2nd by the sixth seeded Rutland Raiders.
The third seeded Middlebury Tigers had a disappointing, early exit from the tournament in the quarterfinals last Friday night, in Middlebury. Kylie Pratt tossed a three hit shutout at the hometown Tigers to lead her Lamoille Lancers to an exciting 1-0, eight inning win over the Tigers. In her eight innings of work Pratt had 11 strikeouts and no walks in a superb performance. If that wasn't enough, it was Pratt's eighth inning infield hit that plated the games lone run.
Lea Gipson, who went 2-for-3, took the loss for Middlebury Gipson was the other end of a superb pitchers duel. In defeat Gipson allowed no earned runs and allowed just one hit while striking out 10 and issuing no walks. The Tigers end their season at 10-7.
The fourth seeded Mount Abraham Eagles didn't fare much better last Saturday in their quarterfinal match up with the fifth seeded Harwood Highlanders. Harwood's Hannah Lovely's two-run single was the major blow in Harwood's three run seventh inning, turning a 2-2 game into a 5-2 game. Al ead which Harwood held onto in the bottom of the seventh to secure the win, and a spot in the division II semifinal. Lovely had three hits and scored a run to lead the Highlanders offense. But she didn't do it alone. Katelyn Durfee added a double with two runs and Anna Benard contributed another two hits for Harwood. Morgan Lamson pocked up the complete game for the win, striking out nine while allowing two runs on six hits.
Alyssa Charbonneau and losing pitcher Erin Fay led the Eagles offense with two hits apiece. Mount Abraham, like the Tigers wind up 10-7 on the year.
In Division team, the lone local representative were the eleventh seeded Vergennes Commodores, and they didn't last long. The Commodores were defeated on Wednesday, June 2 by the sixth seeded Green Mountain Chieftains..
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 Tuesday morning) with the state championships scheduled for this weekend. Here is your breakdown for local teams.
The tenth seeded Champlain Valley Union Redhawks were eliminated in the opening round. They were defeated by the seventh seeded Spaulding Crimson Tide on Tuesday, June 1st.
In this division the Vergennes Commodores and Middlebury Tigers saw early exits, but the Mount Abraham Eagles not only played last weekend, but survived to reach the semifinals. The seventh seeded Vergennes Commodores were upset in the opening round by the tenth seeded Milton Yellow Jackets on Wednesday, June 2nd. The Commodores end their season at 7-10. The sixteenth seeded Middlebury Tigers lost on Tuesday, June 1st to the top seeded Mount Abraham Eagles, to finish 1-16 on the season.
The win for the Eagles set up a quarterfinals match-up last Friday against the eighth seeded Springfield Cosmos. Shawn Marcelle personally made sure his Eagles would win this one, leading them to a 4-1 win. At the plate Marcelle blasted a pair of doubles. He was helped offensively by Ryan Siegle and Micky O'Connor, who each had a pair of hits. One of Siegle's two hits was a double, and he drove in two of the Eagles four runs.
Marcelle took care of the rest on the mound. He picked up the complete game win, allowing one run on just two hits with nine strikeouts. The Eagles had a semifinals date with the thirteenth seeded Union-32 Raiders this past Tuesday. If they won then they will be playing for a Division II State Championship this weekend.
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 Tuesday morning) with the state championships scheduled for this weekend. Here is your breakdown for Rutland County teams.
Division I Boys:
You could certainly make an argument that the only area team in this field is also the best one. The top seeded, 15-1, Champlain Valley Union Redhawks certainly have done nothing to sway that argument so far this post season. After receiving a first round bye the Redhawks hosted the eighth seeded Spaulding Crimson Tide last Friday in the quarterfinals. The Tide didn't put up much of a challenge.
Nick Hart had four goals and a pair of assists as Champlain Valley put a 14-4 beating on the Crimson Tide. Taylor Gingras joined the fun, matching Hart's four goals. Nathaniel Wells contributed two goals and an assist to the onslaught, while Robbie Dobrowski, Nick Spencer, Justin Beaudry and Quinn Kropf added single goals to round out the Redhawks scoring. In the net Sean Keenan and Eric Palmer racked up 16 saves between them.
Torrey Kelty led what meager offense the Tide could muster with two goals and one assist. Tory Chouinard and Codie Lawson had single goals to complete Spaulding's scoring. Goalie Charlie Norway made a dozen saves for the Crimson Tide, who wind up the year at 9-9..
The Redhawks were scheduled to ace a tough, fourth seeded, Rutland Raiders squad this past Tuesday. If they won that one then they will be competing this weekend for a Division I State Championship.
Division I Girls:
After last weekend one of the areas two teams in this field were eliminated. That team was the tenth seeded Champlain Valley Union Redhawks. They were eliminated in the opening round, on Wednesday June 2nd , by the seventh seeded Brattleboro Colonels. CVU finished the season at 3-11.
The second seeded Middlebury Tigers girls squad then hosted those same Brattleboro Colonels in the quarterfinals last Friday, and it was a task that the Colonels weren't up to. Chrissy Ritter scored six goals and Katie Ritter added five more, leading Middlebury to a 16-10 win, and a spot in the Division II semifinals.
Liz Kelley and Saige Twombly contributed another two goals apiece and Shelby Laframboise added one more to round out the scoring for the victorious Tigers. Alex Sears and Maria Ploof took care of the net for Middlebury, making 8 saves between them..
Sarah Clark, Mariah Lesure, Kelsey Guarino and Erin Leblanc had a pair of goals each for the Colonels who wind up the year at 11-6-1. Middlebury played the third seeded South Burlington Rebels this past Tuesday. If they won that one, then they will be playing for the Division I State Championship this weekend.
Division II Boys:
The only 2 Addison County teams in this field were eliminated on Wednesday, June 2nd in the opening round. The eleventh seeded Mount Abraham Eagles were eliminated by the sixth seeded Lamoille Lancers, and finish the season at 5-11. The same afternoon in South Burlington the fourteenth seeded Vergennes Commodores were eliminated by Rice. Vergennes finishes the year at 1-15.