Vergennes softball stars make title bid

SWANTON — The Vergennes 11- and 12-year-old all-star softball team lost twice late last week at the double-elimination state championship tournament in Swanton and was ousted from the competition.
The team, consisting of players from the Vergennes and Ferrisburgh areas, had earlier won the District I tournament in Burlington. But the team lost on Thursday, 13-6, to Fairfax, and to Connecticut Valley on Saturday, 12-7.
Vergennes coach Mike Martin said both games were close in the middle innings before the winners pulled away late. On Friday, Fairfax led, 7-6, after four innings before scoring the game’s final six runs.
Lindsay Morley went the distance and took the loss, striking out four, Karina Tarte singled a drove in a pair of runs, and Martin said Tamara Aunchman and Megan Martin played well defensively.
On Saturday, Connecticut Valley led by just 7-5 after five innings before stretching the lead in the late going. Morley struck out three in taking the loss, and she also led the attack with two hits, an RBI and two runs.
Megan Martin also had two hits and an RBI, and Tarte and Felicia Armell scored two runs apiece. Coach Martin said Ally Stearns had a strong game in the field on Saturday.

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