Softball: Mt. Abe nets win; MUHS tops Commodores
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school softball play late last week Mount Abraham won three of four games to stay near the top of Division II; Middlebury topped Vergennes, but lost its other outings; Vergennes remained winless; and Otter Valley split two games.
On Wednesday the Eagles knocked off undefeated D-I host Missisquoi, 2-1, behind the pitching of Ruby Ball, who allowed six hits and struck out eight. Ball picked up an RBI, while Molly Murray had two hits and scored both runs. The Eagles also played errorless ball and Murray and centerfielder Addy Harris made big plays.
On Thursday D-III frontrunner Fairfax topped the visiting Eagles, 11-4. Murray led the Eagles with another two hits.
On Friday the Eagles topped host Spaulding, 4-1, with a three-run third inning keyed by hits from Murray and Shaelyn Layn. Murray led the way with three hits, Layn added a pair, and Ball tossed a three-hitter, striking out 10.
On Saturday the Eagles blanked Milton, 11-0, as freshman Cami Willsey earned the pitching win and poked two hits and scored three times. Camilienne Masse, Erika Tracey andCarly Counter each had two hits as the Eagles improved to 10-4, good for second place in D-II.
On Wednesday the host Tigers rolled to a 17-1 victory over the Commodores. Carly Larocque homered, tripled and drove in six runs to pace MUHS. Winning pitcher Aby LaRock and Taylor Sylvester each drove in two runs with two hits, and Kyra Roberts doubled. Cheyenne Jewett drove in the VUHS run.
On Thursday host Spaulding (4-7) edged the Tigers, 7-6, by rallying for four runs in the sixth inning to erase a 6-3 MUHS lead.
On Saturday, host Fairfax improved to 11-1 by topping the Tigers, 6-1. Ashley Sunderland homered for the Tigers’ only hit, and Gwen Stafford took the loss as the Tigers dropped to 5-5.
On Thursday visiting Missisquoi rolled to a 24-5 victory over VUHS. Ema Gernander and Felicia Poirier each doubled and singled for VUHS, and Audrey Tembreull also had two hits.
On Saturday, Spaulding kept VUHS winless with a 15-2 decision. Sierra Bertrand drilled a two-run homer for VUHS.
On Wednesday visiting Mill River (6-4) rallied for three runs in the seventh, two on a Grace Gilman homer off losing pitcher Morgan LaPorte, to edge OV, 5-3.
On Friday the Otters improved to 8-4 (good for fourth in D-II) with a 16-1 over visiting Bellows Falls. Riley Keith earned the pitching win in her first career start, allowing one hit, and chipped in two hits. Mia Politano contributed a three-run triple and two other hits, and Livia Bernhardt andJosie Cone each added two hits.
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