Eagle softball advances; OV, MUHS ousted

ADDISON COUNTY — In high school softball tournament quarterfinals last week, only Mount Abraham, the top seed in Division II, advanced to the next round among area teams. The Eagles coasted to a home win, while Otter Valley and Middlebury came up short on the road after picking up first-round victories.
Mount Abe improved to 16-2 by blanking visiting No. 8 Mill River, 10-0. Audrey Shahan tossed a complete-game four-hitter, walking none and fanning eight, and the Eagles broke open a 2-0 game with a five-run fourth.
Enjoying multiple-hit games for Mount Abe against 8-10 MRU were Katelynn Ouellette, Erika Tracey (who homered), Brooke Perlee and Camelienne Masse.
The Eagles will host No. 4 Enosburg (14-2) on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. The D-II final will be played at a time to be announced at Castleton University.
Host No. 2 Fair Haven ousted No. 7 OV, 8-3, in a game finished on Saturday after Friday’s weather forced suspension of the game with the score tied at 3-3. Slater ace Olivia Bowen tossed a four-hitter and fanned 11. Sydney Rathbun, Cass Lanfear and Allie McIntyre sparked Fair Haven with three hits apiece. The Slaters are set to host No. 6 Randolph (11-5) in the other D-II semi and remained on a collision course with Mount Abe.
Bella Falco poked three hits to lead OV. Gabby Poalino had the other hit and scored on a Shayla Phillips bunt. Morgan LaPorte took the loss. OV finished at 8-10 after a 1-6 start.
In a Thursday host No. 5 Colchester improved to 15-3 by blanking the Tigers, 16-0 in five innings. Laker Alli Sheets struck out 13 Tiger batters and walked just one in throwing Colchester’s second no-hitter in two D-I tournament games. Sheets also knocked in six runs with four hits.
Bridget Audet, the winner in relief in the Tigers’ opening-round upset of No. 4 Lyndon, took the pitching loss as No. 13 MUHS finished at 8-9.

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