OV softball wins; Eagles, Commodores, Tigers fall

ADDISON COUNTY — Otter Valley won in high school softball play earlier this week, but Mount Abraham suffered its first two losses of the season, while Middlebury and Vergennes also came up short.
On Monday OV took advantage of 18 walks to defeat host Fair Haven, 22-9. The Slaters took a 2-0 lead in the first, but OV erased that on seven runs in the second on six walks, a hit batter, and RBI singles from Mia Politano andShayla Phillips.
The Otters added seven more runs in the fifth to make it 16-5, with Carolynn Lafountaine’s RBI double the big hit.
Bella Falco doubled twice for OV and drove in in two runs, Renee O’Connell doubled twice and singled, and Phillips singled twice and scored four runs.
OV hurler Morgan LaPorte earned the complete-game win as the Otters improved to 3-2. The Slaters dropped to 3-2.
In a Monday matchup of unbeaten teams, visiting Missisquoi toppled the Eagles, 14-4. Winning pitcher Sarah Harvey limited the Eagles to five hits and struck out nine, while Ruby Ball took the loss.
Molly Murray, Shaelyn Layn, Jess Murray, Sam Rathbun and Camilienne Masse poked the Eagle hits.
On Tuesday host BFA-Fairfax (6-0) stunned the Eagles, 9-8, on Faith Orton’s two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Bridget Hamel earned the victory in relief of Taylor Mitchell, who struck out 13 in seven innings. The Eagles trailed by 6-1 entering the seventh, but took a 7-6 lead as Ball, Abby Hoff, Addy Harris andErika Tracey all doubled. But the Bullets tied the game in the bottom of the inning, and then responded again when the 4-2 Eagles took the lead in the eighth.
On Monday visiting Randolph hung on for a 12-9 victory at VUHS after taking a 9-0 lead. The Commodores rallied and had the bases loaded with one out in the ninth, but winning pitcher Becky Johnson retired the next two batters to work out of the jam.
Felicia Poirier sparked the comeback with a three-run homer, a double and a single, and Sidney Tarte tripled and singled. Losing pitcher Sierra Bertrand went the distance, allowing five earned runs while striking out four.
On Tuesday Missisquoi pounded out an 18-3 win over VUHS. Cheyenne Jewett doubled and scored two runs for VUHS (0-6).
On Tuesday host Mount Anthony (2-2) took a 9-3 lead after four innings and held on for a 9-7 victory over the Tigers (2-2). Carly Larocque counted a homer among her three hits for the Tigers, and Katelyn Stearns also finished with three hits. Gwen Stafford took the pitching loss.

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