Otter Valley nine nails top seed in D-II

ADDISON COUNTY — In high school baseball play late last week Otter Valley nailed down the top seed in Division II, Mount Abraham rallied to close its regular season with a win, and Middlebury lost to a top D-I team at home. 
Vergennes closed its regular season at 10-5 earlier in the week and appears to have earned the No. 3 or 4 seed in D-III.
Friday afternoon and weekend games were played after the early holiday deadline for this issue. 
The Vermont Principals’ Association was scheduled to release playoff pairings on Monday morning. 
On Tuesday the Otters improved to 14-1 by edging visiting Fair Haven, 2-1. The 10-4 Slaters were the only team with a chance to catch OV for first place. 
Logan Trombley’s RBI single snapped a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning, driving in Kollin Bissette, who had doubled. Josh Beayon tossed a three-hitter to outduel Slater ace Aubrey Ramey, who struck out 12 and allowed five hits. 
Andrew Lanthier scored Fair Haven’s run on a Parker Morse singe in the first after advancing on OV error as he escaped a rundown. OV tied the game in the bottom of the inning, when Beayon doubled home Nate Hudson after he walked and stole second. 
Fair Haven was scheduled to host OV on Friday as the Slaters try to pass Enosburg for the No. 2 seed. 
On Wednesday visiting Essex topped the Tigers, 10-1. Nick Carrara took the pitching loss, and Jordy Stearns drove in the Tiger run. 
The Tigers stood at 6-6 and hoped to sweep their final two games to post a winning record. Their Thursday game at Missisquoi was bumped to Friday, and they were scheduled to host Fairfax on Saturday afternoon. 
On Thursday the Eagles scored five times in the fourth inning to wipe out visiting Spaulding’s 4-0 lead and prevail, 4-0. Nolan Whitcomb sparked the rally with a two-run homer and earned the complete-game pitching win, allowing seven hits and no earned runs. Mount Abe will enter the D-II postseason with a 6-10 mark and could be seeded 12th or a little higher, depending on weekend results. 

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