Softball wrap-up: Otters, Eagles, Tigers pick up close victories

ADDISON COUNTY — Otter Valley, Mount Abraham and Middlebury all picked up high school softball wins on Tuesday, but Vergennes fell to Division I’s first-place team.
D-II OV knocked off D-I rival Rutland, 2-1, as Otter Courtney Bushey and Raider Skyler Bird each tossed three hitters. Bushey walked none and struck out five, while Bird struck out six, but walked five.
And one of those walks resulted in a run: OV took a 1-0 lead in the third when Charlotte Winslow walked and eventually scored on a Molly McGee hit. Rutland tied the game on a fourth-inning squeeze bunt, but the Otters plated the winning run in the sixth, when Winslow doubled and scored on an Alyssa Falco hit. The Otters improved to 5-5 heading into a Wednesday game at Hartford.
The Eagles bounced back from their first three losses of the season to defeat host Champlain Valley, 6-5, in eight innings. The Eagles scored twice in the eighth on an error and an Emily Aldrich sacrifice fly and then held on to win. Eagle pitcher Rachael McCormick went the distance, allowing two earned runs and striking out 12. McCormick, Katelynn Ouellette, and Ruby Ball led the Eagles, as each finished with three hits, while Savannah Earley scored twice as the Eagles moved to 8-3.
The Redhawks, an improved team under former VUHS coach Mike Sullivan, are 6-6.
The visiting Tigers took advantage of St. Johnsbury miscues to rally for five runs in the seventh inning and escape with an 11-8 victory.
Darcy Staats led the MUHS attack with two hits and an RBI, while winning pitcher Payton Buxton allowed ten hits, walked none and struck out 12 as the Tigers improved to 10-2.
Visiting Missisquoi belted three homers and improved to 11-1 with a 13-0 win over the Commodores. Maranda Aunchman took the pitching loss, while the T-Birds’ Lauren Perkins tossed a two-hitter and fanned 11. Taylor Bresnick and Sydney Tarte had the hits for the 2-9 Commodores. 

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