MUHS softball’s win over VUHS is part of a three-game sweep

ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury highlighted area high school softball action in the latter half of last week by sweeping three games, including a victory over rival Vergennes.
In other action, Mount Abraham won two out of three, and the Commodores and Otter Valley each split a pair of games.
On Thursday, MUHS hurler Payton Buxton struck out 12 and allowed only three hits as the Tigers earned a 7-2 victory over visiting VUHS.
One of those hits was to Tamara Aunchman, who launched a two-run homer. Aunchman also took the pitching loss for VUHS.
For the Tigers, Sondra Laroche drilled a home run, and Darcy Staats poked two doubles and drove home two runs to lead the attack.
That followed a Wednesday game in which the Tigers defeated visiting South Burlington, 10-1, as Buxton struck out 14 batters and homered. Staats and Abby LaRock each added two hits and two RBIs to power the MUHS offense.
On Saturday, the Tigers improved to 5-1 by thumping winless host Rice, 28-5. LaRock earned the pitching win and added two hits, three runs and five RBIs. Bridget Audet singled and knocked out an RBI triple, and Hannah Lawrence doubled and drove in three runs.
On Wednesday, visiting Mount Mansfield earned a 10-4 victory over the Commodores. Megan Martin took the pitching loss, while Nikki Salley andBecca Malloy each doubled and picked up an RBI.
On Saturday, the Commodores thumped visiting Burlington, 19-2. Martin struck out seven and banged out three hits, scored four times and drove in a pair. Felicia Armell added three hits and three runs and Aunchman tripled, scored three runs and drove in two as the Commodores moved to 2-4.
On Wednesday, the Eagles pounded visiting Burlington, 20-1. Dani Forand drilled two homers for the Eagles, winning pitcher Rachael McCormick poked four hits, and Katelynn Ouellette andBrooke Perlee each finished with three hits, including a homer.
On Thursday, Essex improved to 5-0 as ace Allie Rutz tossed a two-hitter and struck out 13 Eagles in the Hornets’ 6-0 victory.
McCormick took the loss, allowing eight hits and fanning four in six innings.
The Eagles bounced back on Saturday from that setback, their first, to defeat visiting Division I BFA-St. Albans, 3-1, behind Audrey Shahan’s three-hit pitching. Perlee had two hits, and she, McCormick and Emily Aldrich picked up RBIs in the 4-1 Eagles’ three-run third inning.
On Thursday, the Otters blanked visiting Rutland, 4-0, as Courtney Bushey tossed a three-hitter, striking out five. On offense, Charlotte Winslow picked up two hits, scored once and drove in a run, and Amy Jones tripled and scored.
On Saturday, visiting Brattleboro bested the Otters, 12-1, to improve to 6-1. OV dropped to 2-3. Jones had two of OV’s four hits against Colonel ace Hannah Wilson. 

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