Mount Abe softball edges past Tigers, 7-6

ADDISON COUNTY — Rain, wet fields and school vacations resulted in only three local high school softball teams played in the past five days, and the head-to-head matchup between Mount Abe and Middlebury proved to be a close one.
The Eagles also defeated Burlington on the road Monday.
In the game moved to Bristol Tuesday, the Eagles stole the lead from the Tigers late and defeated Middlebury, 7-6.
Middlebury got on the board in the first inning when the Tigers scored on an error.
Going into the bottom of the fifth inning, Mount Abe trailed 6-5 when Jess Murray doubled on a 0-1 count, scoring two runs.
Eagle pitcher Ruby Ball went seven innings and got the win, allowing six runs on five hits and striking out eight.
Tiger junior Gwen Stafford took the loss for Middlebury. She went four and two-thirds innings, allowing seven runs on six hits and striking out eight.
The Eagles collected six hits and Middlebury had five. Cami Wilsey let the Eagle offense going 2-for-3 at the plate hits.
Middlebury didn’t commit a single error in the field.
If the weather allows, the Eagles will host Missisquoi on Saturday at 11 a.m., then play at Fairfax on Tuesday.
Middlebury will travel to play at Vergennes on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. The Tigers are due to play at Mount Anthony on Tuesday.
Bats blistered n Monday as Mount Abe defeated host Burlington, 15-10.
The Eagles fired up the offense in the first inning, when Ball homered on a 2-1 count, scoring two runs.
Mount Abe then notched four runs in the fourth inning, led by a single by Camilia Masse and an error on a ball put in play by Sam Rathbun.
Burlington scored five runs in the fifth inning.
Ball pitched Mount Abe to victory, allowing one hit and five runs over four innings, striking out eight. Wilsey threw three innings in relief and recorded the last nine outs to earn the save.
Burlington pitcher Sydney Holt-Barker went five and a third innings, allowing 12 runs on five hits and striking out ten. Leaha Chamberlain threw one and two-thirds innings in relief.
Eagles Molly Murray, Jess Murray, Abby Hoff, Wilsey, Masse, and Ball each collected one hit. Mount Abe stole 15 bases — Murray alone stole three.
The Otters earned their first win of the season, and it was a lopsided score. Visiting Otter Valley defeated Mill River, 22-4, on Tuesday afternoon. That brought the Otters’ record to 1-2.
OV softball is due to travel to Windsor on Thursday afternoon, and to Mount Anthony on Monday.

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