Local high school baseball teams finds going mostly tough

ADDISON COUNTY — In recent local high school baseball action, only Vergennes managed to post a win, as Mount Abraham, Otter Valley and Middlebury all came up short.
The regular season ends this week. The Vermont Principals’ Association will announce playoff pairings on Monday. VUHS, Mount Abraham and OV will qualify for the Division II postseason, but MUHS has been eliminated from D-I contention.
On May 20, VUHS knocked off host St. Johnsbury, 5-2. Hunter O’Connor got the pitching win, striking out five in a complete game, and also drove in three runs with two hits. Dylan Raymond drove in two runs with a pair of hits, while Camden Simpson went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Dustin Hirtle also scored twice for VUHS.
On May 21, visiting South Burlington’s Eddie Hockenbury allowed just one hit, a Chris Leach single, as the Rebels knocked off the Commodores, 5-0.
On Saturday, host Rice cruised to a five-inning, 16-1 victory over the Commodores. Raymond drove in Simpson to produce the VUHS run.
On Tuesday, host Mount Mansfield defeated VUHS, 5-1. Nate Rowell had two hits and scored on a Devon Kimball safety, and Leach also recorded two hits. O’Connor took the pitching loss as VUHS dropped to 3-11 heading into its Thursday finale at Missisquoi.
On May 21, visiting North Country scored five runs off losing pitcher Mike Jerome in the first inning on the way to a 14-2 win over the Eagles. Chris Wood poked a pair of hits for Mount Abe.
On Tuesday, host Spaulding cruised to a 13-3 win over the Eagles.George Bailey homered and singled for Mount Abe, and Ernie Brouillard doubled twice and drove home two runs. Mount Abe stood at 4-10 heading into its final game, at BFA-St. Albans on Thursday.
On May 20, visiting Rutland outlasted the Otters, 7-5. OV rallied from a 5-0 deficit to tie the game, but Rutland plated two runs in the seventh off losing pitcher Derek Aines for the win.
Payson Williams sparked OV’s five-run fifth with a three-run double, and Colby McKay andDominic McCullough also poked RBI hits.
The Otters (1-12) also lost to visiting Brattleboro on Friday, 15-7. Details on that contest were unavailable.
On May 21 the Tigers lost a heartbreaker at Missisquoi, 17-16 in eight innings. For MUHS, Joe Hounchell knocked out three hits, Calvin Desforges andOakley Gordon each doubled and singled, and Bruce Wright singled twice.
On Saturday, visiting Burlington defeated the Tigers, 12-1, and on Tuesday visiting Colchester knocked off MUHS, 15-3. Details on those games were unavailable. The 0-13 Tigers’ season ends with a game at South Burlington on Thursday.

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