Commodore and Otter baseball teams nab victories

ADDISON COUNTY — Vergennes and Otter Valley won home games to highlight local baseball action, all on Tuesday, when also Mount Abraham and Middlebury came up short on the road.
Teams are playing their last regular season games this week, and the Vermont Principals’ Association will announce playoff pairings on Monday morning.
The Commodores got a complete-game effort from Hunter O’Connor and a three-run homer from Devon Kimball to cap a six-run second inning as they defeated visiting Milton, 9-2. O’Connor allowed six hits, one walk and one earned run while striking out nine.
VUHS took a 6-0 lead with the big second inning. Hits by Jeffrey Stearns, Aidan Gardner and O’Connor and walks to Will Wormer and Samir Kadric produced the first three runs before Kimball unloaded his three-run blast. The Commodores added two more runs in the third on a walk to Stearns and singles by Wormer and Gardner, and their final run in the fifth on a Stearns double and a Cooper O’Brien single.
VUHS improved to 5-9. The Commodores could earn a home Division II playoff game with a win at North Country on Thursday and losses by two teams ahead of them in the standings.
The Otters blanked visiting Springfield, 8-0, as Josh Beayon struck out 10 and allowed only one hit in five innings. Derek Aines, Colby McKay, Kollin Bissette andDaniel Allen all poked two hits as OV improved to 8-6. The Otters moved into fourth place in the D-II standings heading into a Wednesday game at Fair Haven, and they will wrap up by hosting Mill River on Friday.
Host St. Johnsbury blanked the Eagles, 8-0. Mount Abe ace Adam Whitcomb took the loss as the Eagles dropped to 6-9 heading into their finale on Thursday at Spaulding. A win in that game or a loss by one or two other teams will clinch a home D-II playoff contest for the defending champion Eagles.
The Tigers fell at BFA-St. Albans, 10-0, and dropped to 1-14 heading into their Thursday finale at home vs. Burlington. The Tigers must upset the 11-4 Seahorses to have a shot to make the D-I playoffs as the No. 16 seed.  
   COMMODORE FRESHMAN JEFFREY Stearns got two hits and scored three runs during Tuesday’s game against Milton.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell

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