VUHS nine return to diamond in style; other teams lose

ADDISON COUNTY — In area high school baseball action this past weekend, Vergennes was the class of the county, scoring the only victory. Middlebury, Mount Abe and Otter Valley all lost once.
Vergennes did not field a varsity baseball team in 2014 because of low numbers, but from the looks of the Commodores on Saturday, when they played their first game since 2013, taking the year off did not hurt them. Sophomore Hunter O’Connor led VUHS to a 12-2 win over visiting Winooski; he went 4 for 4 at the plate and struck out 15 batters in a complete game on the mound.
Also making contact for the Commodores were Dylan Raymond, who was 2 for 4 with two RBIs; plus Chris Leach, Devon Kimball andWill Wormer each scored twice.
VUHS hosts St. Albans on Tuesday and Burlington on Thursday; both games begin at 4:30 p.m.
After a date with St. Johnsbury on Thursday was postponed, MUHS traveled to Rice on Saturday and received a pummeling for the trouble. The defending Division-I champions used 19 hits (including a grand slam and a triple by Austin Purinton) to tally a commanding 20-3 win. Henry Conroy, the Green Knights’ winning pitcher, struck out 10 Tiger batters in four innings, and allowed two hits.
MUHS next plays at North Country on Saturday morning.
Colchester left Bristol early on Friday afternoon after finishing off Mount Abraham in five innings, 18-1.
The Lakers combined for 16 hits, including a three-run shot by Derek Sanderson. Colchester pitcher Pat McHugh struck out five.
Eagle senior Joe Payea collected two hits.
Mount Abe is scheduled to play at Burlington on Tuesday, host Champlain Valley on Thursday and travel to Otter Valley on Saturday morning.
Mill River ace Lincoln Pritchard struck out a career-high 18 hitters as the defending Division II champion Minutemen jumped defeated host Otter Valley, 8-1, on Friday.
John Winslow hit off Pritchard twice, including an RBI double.
Greg Whitney and Austin McCullough tallied OV’s other two hits.
Otter Valley starting pitcher Derek Aines scored the Otters’ only run, but took the loss.
The 0-2 Otters play at Fair Haven on Tuesday afternoon then host Mount Abe on Saturday.

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