April 27th, 2017
MIDDLEBURY — The seventh annual Middlebury Bach Festival will take place this weekend, April 28-30. This year will feature the Brentano String Quartet playing The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080 by J.S. Bach, a performance of the oratorio Esther by G.F. Handel with a cast of Middlebury College alumni, and a concert of chamber music.
Friday, April 28
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College baseball team clinched its first playoff berth since 2011 by sweeping a three-game series from visiting NESCAC West foe Wesleyan this past weekend. The Panthers also topped St. Michael’s in a non-league contest.
The Panthers ran their winning streak to seven games, improved to 13-10 overall, and finished their NESCAC West slate at 8-4. Middlebury will play in the double-elimination NESCAC final four, which Colby will host from May 12 to 14.
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent local high school softball action, Middlebury and Mount Abraham picked up road wins, while Vergennes dropped two road contests. Otter Valley was idle, but was set to visit Rutland this Thursday.
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — The Middlebury College women’s softball team took two out of three games from host Wesleyan this past weekend to keep tenuous postseason hopes alive. The Panthers’ scheduled home doubleheader vs. Plattsburgh on Tuesday was moved to Wednesday, after the deadline for this newspaper.
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Wesleyan upset the then No. 1 Middlebury College men’s tennis team on Sunday, dealing the Panthers their first league loss. The score was 5-4.
The Panthers dropped to 16-2 and 6-1 in league play, while Wesleyan, ranked No. 8, improved to 11-2, 6-1 in NESCAC play.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Mount Abraham Union High School baseball team took its first loss on Tuesday, when the Vergennes and Middlebury squads also came up short.
Host Burlington blanked the Eagles, 10-0, as Seahorse hurler Chris Fenimore allowed just two hits in a six-inning stint. Adam Whitcomb took the loss as Mount Abe dropped to 3-1.
WOODSTOCK — Host Division I Woodstock cruised past the D-III Otter Valley Union High School boys’ lacrosse team on Monday, 17-3.
Ethan Sulik-Doty scored twice for the Otters, and Noah Smith also found the net. OV goalie Alec Stevens made 13 saves.
The 2-2 Otters will host Green Mountain Valley School on Saturday at 11 a.m. Their Wednesday home game vs. Mount Abraham/Vergennes was moved to May 15.
MONTPELIER — The Mount Abraham/Vergennes boys’ lacrosse team rallied at Montpelier on Monday, but came up just short in a 7-6 setback.
The Solons, who are 2-0, with both wins at the Eagles’ expense, took a 6-2 halftime lead and still led by 6-3 entering the fourth quarter before they had to hold off a late Eagle surge.
Solon goalie Roger Medina-Ruiz made 13 saves to key the victory, and Conor Barrett scored five times for Montpelier, which defeated Mount Abe by 17-15 in the opener for both teams.