Teams wrap up regular season play last week
ADDISON COUNTY — Many high school sports teams saw action on this past Friday and Saturday, the final days of the spring regular season. At least one team each from Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Otter Valley and Vergennes posted a win. Playoffs were set to begin on this Tuesday, weather permitting.
The MUHS girls’ lacrosse team avenged an earlier loss by topping visiting Champlain Valley, 11-8, to finish at .500. The two-time defending Division I champion Tigers will enter the playoffs with an 8-8 record after an 0-4 start.
Ada Anderson and Carlisle Brush led the way with three goals apiece, and Emily Laframboise (two assists) and Malia Hodges each scored twice as the Tigers peppered Redhawk goalie Leah Ashooh with 31 shots. MUHS goalie Lydia Deppman made seven saves.
On Friday defending champion CVU edged the Tiger boys, 6-4, despite 13 saves from MUHS goalie Jack Rizzo. Senior Kolby Farnsworth scored three times in his final home game for the 4-10 Tigers.
Also on Friday the Mount Abe-VUHS team finished with a win, 6-4, at Montpelier. Louis Beauchain scored twice to lead the way, and Neo Weaver, Ryan Rougier, Jack Halpin and Kael Dobson added a goal apiece. Goalie Grady Brokaw made six saves as the Eagles finished 4-8.
OV dropped its final contest, 5-2, at Hartford, but still completed the program’s first winning regular season at 7-5. Ethan Sulik-Doty and Zach Scarborough scored for OV, and goalie Alec Stevens was credited with 23 saves.
The Tigers split a pair of games to wrap up at 7-7. On Friday host Missisquoi edged them in eight innings, 2-1, as Avery Feeley tossed a complete-game seven hitter and the T-Birds plated the winning run in the bottom of the eighth. Jordy Stearns tossed a complete game for MUHS, also allowing seven hits and walking four. Hale Hescock singled twice and scored the Tiger run.
On Saturday Hescock tossed a two-hitter and allowed one earned run as the Tigers picked up a 5-4 walkoff win over visiting Fairfax. Devon Kearns singled in Sean Deering with the inning run in the bottom of the seventh. Hescock doubled in a run in the fifth, and he and Wyatt Cameron walked to load the bases in the seventh after Deering reached on an error.
The Otters topped host Fair Haven on Friday to complete a 15-1 season. They had already earned the No. 1 seed in D-II. Fair Haven (10-5) is the No. 3 seed. Marcus McCullough hit a pair of RBI singles, his first snapping a 1-1 tie, to spark OV, and Patrick McKeighan tossed a complete-game five-hitter. Kollin Bissette also had an RBI hit for OV. Luke Wang singled twice and scored for the Slaters. Parker Morse took the loss.
The Tiger softball team dropped a pair of games to top teams to finish at 5-9. D-I No. 2 seed Missisquoi defeated visiting MUHS on Friday, 14-1. Aby LaRock took the loss for Middlebury (5-9), and Gwen Stafford doubled and singled. The Tigers also lost at home on Saturday, 4-1, to D-III’s top team, Fairfax.
The surging Otters picked up a pair of wins to push a winning streak to five and their record to 12-4, good for second in D-II.
On Friday they overpowered D-III host Leland & Gray, 29-6. Shayla Phillips led OV with three hits, and Jadynn Pope and Livia Bernhardt each doubled and tripled. Morgan LaPorte picked up the five-inning pitching win.
On Saturday OV nailed down second place by topping visiting Springfield 18-11, scoring 10 times in the second inning. The 11-5 Cosmos recently lost ace pitcher Hannah Crosby to injury and have dropped three of four games.
Riley Keith doubled and singled twice, Josie Cone and Renee O’Connell each picked up three hits, and Maddie French singled and tripled. LaPorte again earned the win.
On Friday the Tiger boys swept two matches vs. visiting Harwood, 6-1, 6-1, with individual matches played as single eight-game sets to allow for both overall matches to be completed. The Tigers finished at 11-2.
Harwood No. 1 Peter Laino won twice, over Jesse Rubin and Spencer Doran, but the Tigers swept all other contested matches. Harwood forfeited in doubles.
Winning in the first match for MUHS were Doran at No. 2, Sam Daly at No. 3, Hunter Munteanu at No. 4 and Joseph Findlay at No. 5. Winning in the second match for MUHS were Rubin at No. 2, Daly at No. 3, Abel Anderson at No. 4, and Findlay at No. 5.
The Tiger girls won at Harwood on Friday, 4-3, avenging an earlier loss to Harwood despite missing three of their four starting doubles players. The Tigers completed their season at 4-5 and quadrupled their 2018 victory title. The team will not compete in the D-I postseason, according to Coach Jill Dunn.
Winning singles matches for MUHS were Julia Bartlett at No. 2 and Gabi Marin at No. 4, both in tiebreakers, and the doubles teams of Ellie Kiel and Sarah Nicolai at No. 1 and Gwen Troumbley and Anna Scharstein at No. 2., both in straight sets.
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