Softball teams prevail in first-round games

ADDISON COUNTY — In first-round high school softball postseason play on Tuesday, Mount Abraham, Otter Valley and Middlebury all picked up wins.
Vergennes elected not to participate in the Division III playoffs.
The top-seeded Eagles opened the defense of their D-II title by thumping visiting No. 16 Bellows Falls, 24-0. Audrey Shahan (four innings) andRuby Ball (three innings) teamed up on the shutout, and Ball homered, singled three times and drove in five runs to lead the attack.
Shahan tripled, doubled and drove in three runs; Addy Harris tripled and picked up three RBIs; doubled twice; Cora Funke andJess Murray had RBI doubles; Katelynn Ouellette Brooke Perlee, Molly Murray andEmily Aldrich had two hits apiece; and Justice Green, Jenna McArdle and Perlee drove in two runs apiece.
The Eagles are now scheduled to host No. 8 Mill River (8-9) on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
Also in D-II, the No. 7 Otters knocked off visiting No. 10 Harwood, 10-3, improving to 8-9 and setting up a Friday rematch with No. 2 Fair Haven (14-3). The Otters and Slaters split two games this spring, the Slaters winning by 41-1 early on, and the Otters gaining revenge at Fair Haven recently, 6-2.
OV took a 10-0 lead before Harwood bunched three of its five hits off winning pitcher Morgan LaPorte to score three times in the sixth.
Gabby Poalino poked three hits and scored three runs to lead OV’s attack. Bella Falco, Livia Bernhardt, Poalino and Stephanie Palmer singled in OV’s three-run first. In the third Katie Coolidge singled in Poalino and scored on a Shayla Phillips bunt, and Coolidge also singled in a run in the fourth. Harwood miscues and a Phillips double led to four more runs in the fifth. 
The No. 13 Tigers took a 6-0 lead at No. 4 Lyndon, saw the Vikings roar back to tie the game, and then won the contest late, 9-8, for the upset. MUHS moved to 8-8 and is set to visit No. 5 Colchester on Friday at 4:40 p.m., while Lyndon dropped to 14-2.
Bridget Audet shrugged off an injury to earn the pitching win in relief of Gwen Stafford. Coach Polly Rheaume said she hopes Audet, her No. 1 hurler, will be ready to start vs. the Lakers. Stafford and Abby LaRock had multi-hit games, Audet tripled, and Carly Larocque andHarley Williams added key hits for MUHS on Tuesday, Rheaume said, who also praised her team’s defense against the hard-hitting Vikings.
“They played like they knew they could,” she said.

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