Baseball: Mt. Abe, OV win; Tigers edged

ADDISON COUNTY — In recent high school baseball action, Mount Abraham won a tight contest, Otter Valley split a pair of games, and Middlebury dropped two close Metro tilts on the road.
The Vermont Principals’ Association will release Division I and II playoff pairings on Monday.
On Tuesday, the Eagles edged visiting Spaulding, 3-2, as Sawyer Kamman tossed a complete-game four hitter. Kamman struck out eight, walked none and did not allow an earned run.
Spaulding scored unearned runs in the third and fifth innings. The Eagles took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Aaron Benway walked, moved up on a Kamman single and scored on an Austin Lafayette single. Kamman then scored on Josh Cyr’s sacrifice fly.
In the sixth, Benway doubled and moved to third on a Kamman single and scored the winning run on Lafayette’s second RBI of the game, a deep fly ball to center field.
The Eagles improved to 4-9. They were set to visit North Country on Wednesday and are scheduled to host St. Albans on Thursday as their regular season ends. Mount Abe will probably be seeded No. 10, 11 or 12 for the D-II playoffs.
On Friday, host Mount Anthony blanked the Otters, 6-0, playing errorless ball behind Matt Upright.
The Otters bounced back on Tuesday at Fair Haven, 7-4. OV took a 7-0 lead behind starter John Winslow, who left the mound after being hit by a line drive, and winning pitcher Dean Douglas, who surrendered four in the seventh before leaving the bases loaded. Will Claessens came on in the seventh to earn the save. Nathan Bowen took the loss for the 1-14 Slaters.
OV (8-7) is set to conclude its regular season by hosting Hartford at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. The defending D-II champion Otters could move up to a No. 7 seed with a win, and have the inside track on a No. 8 seed regardless.
On Saturday, host Burlington improved to 9-4 by scoring unearned runs in the seventh and eighth innings to rally past the Tigers, 4-3. Aaron Smith was the tough-luck losing pitcher, and he and Sam Messenger knocked out two hits each.
On Tuesday, host Colchester (3-11) scored three in the first and held on for a 5-3 win over the Tigers. Smith picked up three more hits, and Josiah Benoit added two to lead the Tiger offense.
The Tigers dropped to 7-7 and are apparently locked out of a chance to host a first-round D-I home game; they trail No. 8 Essex by seven points with one game to go. They are set to conclude their regular season by hosting South Burlington at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. 

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