Area softball squads record some victories

ADDISON COUNTY — In recent local high school softball action, Mount Abraham, Otter Valley, Middlebury and Vergennes all won at least once.
The regular season will conclude this week, and the Vermont Principals’ Association will announce playoff pairings on Monday.
On May 21, the Eagles edged visiting North Country, 3-1, as Rachael McCormick tossed a complete-game four-hitter and also slugged an RBI triple. Ashley Boise contributed two hits to the Eagle cause. 
On Tuesday, host Spaulding scored nine times in the sixth inning to erase a 9-4 Eagle lead and then survived a Mount Abe rally in the seventh for a 13-12 victory. The Tide threw out the potentially game-tying run at the plate to end the game, leaving the Eagles with an 8-7 record heading into a Thursday game at St. Albans.
On May 22, the Otters upset visiting Springfield, 7-1, dropping the Cosmos to 9-3. Otter pitcher Hannah Williams walked seven but tossed a two-hitter and fanned eight. Jenna Elliot tripled, singled and drove in two runs for OV, and Laura Beth Roberts doubled twice.
On Memorial Day, the Otters outslugged host Leland & Gray, 16-14, in a game that featured 29 hits and five home runs, four by the Rebels and two by L & G’s MacKenzie Boyle, including a grand slam.
The Otters countered with 18 hits, including a three-run homer and an RBI single from Maia Edmunds; a double, two singles and two RBI from Roberts; three hits from Gabby Poalino; and two runs from Amy Jones. Williams allowed 11 hits in all but emerged with the win for the Otters, who will carry a 6-9 record into their season finale, a Thursday game at Mill River.
On May 21, host Missisquoi’s Lindsay Daly tossed a four-hitter as the T-Birds edged the Tigers, 5-2. Lily Smith drilled an RBI double for the Tigers, while Payton Buxton took the pitching loss.
On May 23, the Tigers blanked visiting Burlington, 14-0, improving to 5-6 heading into a Tuesday home game vs. Colchester (see story on Page 1A). Buxton tossed a four-hit shutout, fanning seven; Smith (five RBIs), Makayla Foster, Abby Lane and Buxton had two hits apiece; and Lane and Buxton scored three runs each.
On May 20, host St. Johnsbury doubled up VUHS, 8-4, despite a pair of hits from K.C. Ambrose.
On May 21 visiting South Burlington knocked off VUHS, 11-5, despite a homer and two singles from Taylor Bresnick and three more hits from Ambrose.
On Saturday, the Commodores pounded host Rice, 22-2, in five innings. Winning pitcher Tamara Aunchman gave up two runs on six hits, struck out four and walked none, and she also drove in three runs with a pair of hits. Ambrose picked up another two hits and scored four times.
On Tuesday, host Mount Mansfield cruised to a 17-2 win over VUHS, dropping the Commodores to 6-8 heading into a Thursday game at Missisquoi. 

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