Area high school softball teams prevail

ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school softball play late last week, Middlebury stretched a winning streak, Otter Valley split a pair of games, Mount Abraham split two games against Division I competition, and Vergennes dropped a home game to a top D-I team.
The Commodores also hosted Rice on Saturday; see story.
On Wednesday, host Fair Haven (6-3) won its sixth straight game and second straight at the Otters’ expense, 9-1. Slater hurler Olivia Bowen tossed a four-hitter, striking out nine, and Abby Ferrara andBriley Blackbird each had two hits and two RBIs for the Slaters.
The Otters bounced back on Thursday and snapped a three-game skid with a 6-0 win over visiting D-I Leland & Gray (5-2). OV hurler Courtney Bushey tossed a two-hitter and fanned seven, and also chipped in a double, a single and two RBIs. Amy Jones also doubled and singled, andMaia Edmunds added a pair of hits for OV (4-7).
On Thursday, Tiger pitcher Payton Buxton threw a two-hit shutout, striking out nine and walking just one, to outduel Milton’s Katie Rayner, who allowed three hits and fanned 12, as the Tigers prevailed, 1-0.
Lily Smith (two hits) doubled to lead off the game and came around to score on two wild pitches for the game’s only run. The Tigers improved to 8-2 with their third straight win.
Their Friday game at North Country was postponed, with no makeup date immediately set.
On Thursday, the Eagles defeated host Missisquoi, 4-1, in eight innings. The Eagles rallied in the top of the eighth with three runs on four straight two-out hits. Brooke Perlee drove in Katelynn Ouellette with the tie-breaking run.  
Winning pitcher Rachael McCormick doubled twice, singled and drove in two runs, and Ouellette poked three hits. McCormick tossed a complete-game four-hitter against the 5-5 Thunderbirds.
On Saturday, Colchester’s Riley Magoon tossed a no-hitter as the Lakers defeated the visiting Eagles, 6-1. McCormick took the pitching loss as Mount Abe dropped to 7-3 and from first to third in the D-II standings
On Thursday, visiting D-I contender BFA-St. Albans improved to 8-2 with a 4-1 over the Commodores. The Comets scored three times in the first inning. The Commodores were held to four hits, two apiece by Jaymee Fulcher, who scored for VUHS, and losing pitcher Tamara Aunchman. Aunchman allowed one earned run on five hits as the Commodores dropped to 5-5 heading into Saturday’s home game.

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