In softball, OV and Mt. Abe prevail; VUHS falls

ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school softball action late last week, Otter Valley won a pair of games, Mount Abraham coasted to a big victory, and Vergennes dropped a pair of close contests.
Middlebury’s Thursday home game vs. Fairfax was postponed.
On Wednesday the Otters edged visiting Windsor, 12-11. Mia Politano drove in the tiebreaking run in the sixth before winning pitcher Morgan LaPorte shut the door in the top of the seventh. Rene O’Connell, Madison French and Jaden Pope each stroked two hits for OV.
On Friday the Otters rolled to a 23-1, five-inning victory over host Bellows Falls, using 11 hits and a number of walks to pile up runs.
Bella Falco stole home twice, and Shayla Phillips and O’Connell each picked up two hits. LaPorte allowed two hits, struck out four and walked none as the 5-2 Otters won their fifth straight.
On Thursday the Eagles snapped their first two-game losing streak in many years by pounding Milton, 20-0, in five innings. Ruby Ball tossed a two-hitter and struck out 13, and the Eagles pounded out 13 hits. Sam Rathbun went four-for-four to lead the way, and Addy Harris, Jess Murray, Molly Murray and Cora Funke all delivered multiple hits. Ball also tripled in two runs as the Eagles improved to 5-2.
FRESHMAN CAMI WILLSEY take a cut at the ball during Mount Abe’s win over Milton in Bristol on Thursday.
Independent photo/Steve James
On Thursday visiting Spaulding edged VUHS, 13-12, despite the Commodores’ 21-hit attack. Jordan Kimball finished with four hits; Felicia Poirier, Karrie Ayer and Cheyenne Jewett poked three hits apiece; and Audrey Tembreull, Ema Gernander and Sierra Bertrand each knocked out two hits. One of Bertrand’s hits was a three-run homer.
Bertrand took the pitching loss, allowing nine earned runs on 10 hits and seven walks. Winning pitcher Emily Citin allowed all 21 hits and 11 earned runs, but walked none.
On Saturday Milton bounced back from its beating in Bristol to top VUHS, 8-5. Jewett led the attack with a pair of hits as the Commodores dropped to 0-8 with another narrow loss.

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