Mt. Abe and VUHS softball both win; now they will face off

ADDISON COUNTY — The No. 1 Mount Abraham and No. 8 Vergennes union high school softball teams each easily won first-round Division II playoff games on Tuesday, setting up a quarterfinal matchup between the two local rivals.
That game, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Friday, will be a rematch of a regular season game in which the Commodores surprised the visiting Eagles, 8-2, one of Mount Abe’s three losses this spring. The others came to the Nos. 1 and 5 seeds in D-I.
Host No. 7 Randolph eliminated the No. 10 Otter Valley Union High School softball team from the Division II playoffs on Wednesday, 10-5. The Otters finished their season at 7-10, while Randolph advanced to a quarterfinal vs. No. 2 Lyndon with an 11-6 mark.
On Tuesday, the 14-3 Eagles coasted past No. 16 Rice, 26-0, in five innings during which winning pitcher Rachael McCormick allowed just two hits. Meanwhile, Dani Forand poked three hits and drove in five runs, and Brooke Perlee tripled, doubled and singled and scored five times to lead the Mount Abe attack.   
Monkton resident Bi Krech took the pitching loss for the 1-16 Green Knights.
Also on Tuesday, the Commodores improved to 8-9 by trouncing visiting No. 9 Woodstock, 17-2, in six innings. The Wasps came in with a 10-6 record, but played a schedule heavy with D-III and D-IV opponents.
Tamara Aunchman pitched a complete game four-hitter, fanning eight batters, and also drove in four runs with a pair of hits. Nikki Salley picked up five RBIs, and Taylor Bresnick doubled twice and drove in two runs for VUHS. 

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