Tigers and Otters bag decisive softball wins

VERGENNES — When the softball teams from Middlebury and Vergennes union high schools met in the Little City on Thursday it was clear that one Addison County team was going to walk away the winner; the Tigers made sure there was no doubt about which team was better on this particular day.
In Windsor Otter Valley softball also put on a convincing performance.
Due to cold temperatures and poor field conditions Saturday’s Mount Abraham softball games vs. Missisquoi was postponed to Monday, the 29th, at 4:40 p.m. The Eagles are scheduled to play at BFA-Fairfax on Tuesday before hosting Milton on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
VERGENNES FRESHMAN SIERRA Bertrand reaches second on a Tiger throwing error during Thursday’s game. Although her team lost, Bertrand had a good day at the plate going two for two. Below, Commodore pitcher Felicia Poirier helps her own cause with a slide home that scored one of VUHS’s three runs vs. visiting Middlebury Union High School on Thursday.
Independent photos/Steve James
Division I Middlebury scored early and often when it played at D-II VUHS on Thursday. The Tigers clamed a 25-3 win in five innings.
The Tiger’s winning pitcher Gwen Stafford recorded seven strikeouts and gave up three runs in five innings work. She also helped her own cause with three runs on three hits.
Commodore pitcher Felicia Poirier took the loss; she earned a strikeout in three innings pithed.
Scoring was spread throughout the lineup for the Tigers, with two seniors smacking two hits apiece. Carly Laroque got a single and a double, Aby LaRock whacked two singles.
Other Tigers getting extra-base hits were Ashley Sutherland, Kyra Roberts and Sydney Provencher — all doubles.
Sierra Bertrand led the Commodore offense, going two for two with a double.
Vergennes returns to action Monday when it hosts D-II Randolph, travels to Missisquoi on Tuesday, and hosts Spaulding on Thursday; all games are at 4:30 p.m.
The Tigers play at Mount Anthony on Tuesday; MUHS will host BFA-Fairfax on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
The Otter softball offense must have been hitting on all cylinders Thursday when it played in Windsor. The Otters dumped the home team, 31-14.
VERGENNES PITCHER FELICIA Poirier, covering home plate, waits for the throw but Middlebury’s catcher Aby LaRock has already scored in the Tigers’ big win Thursday.
Independent photo/Steve James
Freshman Riley Keefe had a good day with four hits and four RBI to lead the Otter offense.
Otter sophomore pitcher Morgan LaPorte picked up the win and at the plat recorded four RBIs.
Otter Valley is 2-2, and will play at Fair Haven Monday. The Otters are scheduled to host Windsor on Wednesday.

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