Mt. Abe and Otter Valley earn wins in baseball

ADDISON COUNTY — As the regular high school baseball season ended late last week, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley earned wins, while Middlebury and Vergennes came up short.
The Vermont Principals’ Association was set to release playoff pairings on Monday morning.
On Thursday, the Eagles knocked off visiting Division I foe Spaulding, 11-6, shrugging off an early 4-1 deficit. Anthony Robideau and Wyatt Gendreau led the Eagle attack with two hits apiece, and Adam Whitcomb earned the pitching win.
The Eagles finished at 5-11, and will earn no worse than the No. 9 seed in D-II. Depending on how Fair Haven and Lyndon conclude their seasons, they could move up to No. 8, and regardless they will probably face one of those teams in the first round.
On Wednesday, host Fair Haven claimed a 14-6 victory over OV. Austin Brannock earned the pitching win, and Gus Ruby, Kyle Kitchin, Owen Dougherty and Brannock had two hits each for the Slaters. Tyler Allen poked three of the Otters’ six hits.
On Thursday, the Otters turned the tables on the Slaters with a 4-1 home win. Derek Aines tossed a complete-game three-hitter, striking out six, and keyed OV’s four-run fifth inning with a three-run homer. Colby McKay singled, Josh Beayon doubled him home, and Reilly Shannon hit his second single before Aines’ big hit. Sam Eaton homered for Fair Haven (6-8), and Nathan Bathalon took the loss.
OV carried a 3-12 record into a scheduled Saturday home game vs. Mill River, but lost, 7-4. The Otters look like the No. 13 seed in D-II and could visit Lake Region in the first round.
On Thursday, the Tigers surrendered the tie-breaking runs in the sixth and lost at Burlington, 5-3. Patrick Messenger tripled and singled and drove in two of the Tiger runs, while Austin Friend took the loss in relief.
The Tigers (5-10) wrapped up their season with a 10-0 loss at North Country on Friday. They are locked in as the No. 16 seed in D-I and will visit No. 1 St. Albans in the first round.
On Wednesday, the Commodores wrapped up their regular season with a 7-0 loss to visiting North Country. NCU hurler Ben Sykes tossed a one-hitter, with Hunter O’Connor rapping the sole VUHS safety. Will Wormer took the pitching loss.
At 1-15, VUHS will earn either the No. 14 or 15 seed in D-II. Lamoille and Fairfax are possible first-round foes. 

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