Baseball wrap up: OV nets victories; others bested

ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school baseball action late last week, Otter Valley won twice to eclipse its 2016 victory total, but Vergennes, Middlebury and Mount Abraham all came up short.
The Commodores also hosted the Tigers on Thursday; see story by clicking here.
On Thursday, the Otters edged host Rutland, 5-3, when Josh Beayon rapped a tie-breaking two-run single in the top of the seventh. Hits by Reilly Shannon, Nate Hudson and Payson Williams set up the game-winning blow. Derek Aines tossed a complete game to earn the win, striking out six, walking four and allowing four hits. Colby McKay andDaniel Allen had RBI singles in the Otters’ three-run first inning. The Raiders dropped to 4-2.
On Saturday, the Otters picked up their second win in three days over a Division I foe, 8-5, over visiting Brattleboro. The victory moved OV to 4-3 a year after the program finished at 3-14.
Williams pitched six innings and earned the win, Hudson tossed the seventh inning and notched a save, and Aines drove in three runs with a pair of hits to pace the Otters against the 4-2 Colonels.
On Saturday, host Burlington eked two runs out against Commodore hurler Ethan Bissonette in the first inning via a balk and a throwing error, and that proved to be enough as the Seahorses edged VUHS, 2-1. Devon Kimball doubled home Cooper O’Brien with the VUHS run, and Bissonette held BHS to one earned run on five hits and three walks while striking out four.
On Saturday, visiting Rice topped the Tigers, 10-4, as winning pitcher Jacob Messineo limited MUHS to seven hits and drove in four runs with a pair of hits. Patrick Messenger paced the Tiger attack with two hits and an RBI. The Tigers fell to 0-6.
On Thursday, visiting Essex wiped out a 4-2 Eagle lead with a 10-run fifth inning on the way to a 15-10 victory. Losing pitcher George Bailey, Dustin Whitcomb and Coleman Russell led the Mount Abe offense with two hits apiece.
On Saturday BFA-St Albans’ Brady Green tossed a complete-game five-hitter at the Eagles as the Bobwhites picked up a 7-2 victory. Mount Abe dropped to 3-3 with its third-straight loss of the week to a D-I Metro Conference foe.

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