Tigers, OV and Mt. Abe girls win in softball matchups

ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school softball play late last week, Mount Abraham, Otter Valley and Middlebury all picked up wins before a weekend full of postponements.
OV was set to visit Mount Abe on Saturday, but that game was moved until this Friday. Middlebury’s Saturday home game vs. North Country was also postponed, with no make-up date immediately set.
The Commodores’ Tuesday game at Burlington was called off at Burlington’s request because the Seahorses lacked enough players to field a team. VUHS activities director Pete Maneen said the teams will try to reschedule, but VUHS (1-0) could also pick up its second forfeit win of the spring. The Commodores’ Saturday home game with Champlain Valley was moved to Monday.
On Thursday, the Eagles broke open their game at Champlain Valley by scoring 18 runs in the seventh inning on the way to a 29-10 victory. Rachael McCormick earned the pitching win and also doubled home two runs as the Eagles improved to 2-0.
On Thursday, the Otters thumped visiting rival Rutland, 15-1, in five innings to even their record at 2-2. Taylor Aines tossed a one-hitter, and the top hitters in the OV order all knocked out a pair of hits: Brittany Bushey, Amy Jones, Megan Santell andCortney Poljacik. One of Poljacik’s hits was a homer.
On Thursday, the 1-1 Tigers picked up their first win, 8-4, at Rice, as freshman hurler Payton Buxton struck out 18. Makayla Foster scored three times to spark the offense.

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