Baseball: Otters win; Tigers best Mount Abe

ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury edged rival Mount Abraham to highlight high school baseball action earlier this week.
Meanwhile Otter Valley won on the road and apparently clinched the top seed in Division II, and Vergennes split a pair of home games and could earn on a top-four seed in D-III.
The season will conclude on Saturday, and the Vermont Principals’ Association will release playoff pairings on Monday.
The Tigers nipped the Eagles, 3-2, in Middlebury Tuesday night as Wyatt Cameron tossed a complete-game two-hitter, striking out 11. He outdueled the Eagles Eben Clifford, who surrendered four hits and one walk in an efficient six-inning effort. Four Eagle errors, a Spencer Cadoret sacrifice, and a Sean Deering single led to all three Tiger runs in the second inning. The Eagles scored in the fifth, when Nolan Whitcomb singled in Clifford, who had walked, and Parker Hines, who reached on an error.
The Tigers improved to 6-5. They were scheduled to host Essex on Wednesday, and are set to visit Missisquoi on Thursday and host Fairfax at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The 5-10 Eagles will wrap up by hosting Spaulding on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
The Otters, first place in D-II, won at Bellows Falls on Monday, 6-4, and in the process improved to 13-1 and apparently earned enough quality points to put first place in out of the reach of second-place Fair Haven (10-3) and third-place Enosburg (10-1).
OV hit the ball early and took advantage of BF miscues to take a 6-0 lead and held on behind the complete-game pitching of Patrick McKeighan, who allowed seven hits and four walks and whiffed six. Reilly Shannon doubled and singled and Jack Adams doubled to lead the OV offense.
The Otters were set to host Fair Haven on Wednesday, and will close out the season by visiting the rival Slaters on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
On Monday the Commodores blanked visiting Richford, 7-0, as Jarret Muzzy tossed a two-hit shutout. Muzzy fanned 13 and walked just one during his pitching gem. Robbie Bicknell went three-for-three to lead the Commodores.
On Tuesday Milton scored six runs in the third inning and defeated the Commodores, 6-3. VUHS finished the regular season at 10-5 and as of Wednesday morning’s VPA standings stood in third place in D-III. Whether the Commodores maintain that seed could depend on future and/or unreported results from Oxbow and Williamstown (both 9-4 as of Wednesday per the site) and Thetford (7-4 as of Wednesday).

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