Local softball teams run into a rough patch

ADDISON COUNTY — Things did not go well for area teams in recent high school softball action, as Mount Abraham and Otter Valley each lost a pair of games while Middlebury and Vergennes dropped a game apiece.
On Tuesday, undefeated Essex scored 12 runs in the final three innings to take a 13-6 victory over the 3-2 Commodores in a Metro Conference clash. The Commodores rallied from 4-1 and 5-4 deficits to take a 6-5 lead, but the Hornets — who rapped 17 hits, many for extra bases — scored six times in the sixth inning off losing pitcher Dani Brown to take charge at 11-6.
For Essex, Jess Barnett and Sam Poratti stroked four hits each, Hillary Davis doubled twice and singled, and winning pitcher Ali Rutz homered and doubled. Rutz allowed 10 hits and struck out 11.
Cat Chaputdoubled twice, singled, drove in two runs and scored twice for VUHS, while Taylor Paquette went three-for-three with a double and an RBI. Emilee Trudo singled, walked twice and scored two runs, and Brown (who fanned six batters) and Kayla Charron each singled and scored.
On this past Saturday, visiting Harwood topped the Eagles, 11-2. Coach Kelly Trayah said the Eagles hit the ball well, but right at defenders. One ball the Highlanders did not catch was a Melanie Rotax homer, one of her two hits for Mount Abe. Sam Reiss took the pitching loss. 
On Tuesday, visiting Colchester improved to 5-0 with a 6-5 victory over the Eagles. The Lakers rallied past Mount Abe when Elise Durett slugged a three-run homer in the sixth inning. Laker hurler Emi Eakin tossed a four hitter, two of them recorded by Rotax, who tripled, singled and walked twice for the 1-4 Eagles. Losing pitcher Haley Davis allowed just six hits.
On Monday, visiting Fair Haven improved to 5-1 with a 9-1 victory over the Otters. Slater pitcher Emily Ringquist took a no-hitter into the sixth and finished with a four-hitter, striking out six and walking two. Cortney Poljacik broke up the no-hit bid, and Meranda Bassette doubled home the OV run in the seventh.
OV had defensive lapses in the first inning, when the Slaters scored four times off losing pitcher Taylor Aines, and in the sixth. Marissa Lamoureux andHunter Pedro led Fair Haven with two hits apiece. Aines allowed six hits and four walks while striking out five.
On Tuesday, a streaking Mount Anthony team that earlier dealt the Slaters their only loss pounded the Otters, 17-0. The Patriots, who lost to OV on opening day, scored 16 times in the first inning, and MAU pitcher Bailey Ports tossed a one-hitter as OV dropped to 3-3.
On Tuesday, visiting Milton edged MUHS, 9-8. The Tigers fell to 2-4 despite three hits from Erin Connor and a double and a single from Courtney Crane. 

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