Top-ranked Eagle softball set for playoffs

ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham nailed down the top seed in Division II high school softball, and in other games of local interest late last week Otter Valley won a key game in its quest for D-II’s No. 2 seed, and Vergennes came up short in its final regular season game.
Middlebury’s game at Missisquoi was postponed until Friday. The 5-7 Tigers were also set to host Fairfax on Saturday. Friday night 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 Thursday the Eagles took a big lead on the way to a 15-12 victory over visiting Spaulding. The two-time defending champion Eagles finished at 12-4. Molly Murray doubled in a run in the first inning, and Cami Willsey, Justice Green and Camilienne Masse all drove in runs in the Eagles’ five-run fifth. Sam Rathbun, Masse, Green and Jess Murray each had two hits, and Ruby Ball pitched five innings, allowing four runs, for the win. 
On Wednesday, OV blanked host Springfield, 6-0, as Morgan LaPorte tossed a two-hitter. LaPorte fanned just one, but the Otters played errorless ball as they improved to 10-4 and passed the Cosmos, also 10-4, for second place in the D-II standings. OV was set to visit Leland & Gray on Friday and host Springfield on Saturday in the quest to nail down the No. 2 seed.
Springfield was the only team that could have caught Mount Abe, but the Cosmos’ chances were hurt by an injury late the week before to ace pitcher Hannah Crosby. They were set to learn more about her playoff status on Friday. 
In the game, OV took a 3-0 first-inning lead after Riley Keith, Bella Falco and Mia Politano led off the game with hits for Otter Valley. Keith led the attack with three hits, and Politano added two.   
On Wednesday visiting Fair Haven topped the Commodores, 18-2, in six innings. Slaters Kerigan Disorda and Ali McIntyre poked three hits, and winning pitcher Zoey Cole drove in three runs with two hits as Fair Haven moved to 9-6.
Ema Gernander drilled three hits and doubled home both VUHS runs. Felicia Poirier and Sydney Tarte each added two hits as the Commodores wrapped up the regular season at 2-14.
CLARIFICATION:TheIndependent had earlier stated the Commodores’ first win came vs. Milton on this past Tuesday. However, they defeated host Harwood, 8-7, on May 11, in a rescheduled game that was not reported to the Independent or other papers.

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