Baseball: Otters in semis; Mt. Abe, Tigers eliminated

ADDISON COUNTY — In high school playoff baseball action, top-seeded Otter Valley won twice to reach the Division II semifinal round, Mount Abe won once before falling in D-II, and Middlebury lost a heartbreaker in its D-I road opener.
See story for Vergennes results.
On Wednesday the 17-1 Otters pounded out a 15-5 victory over No. 16 Mill River (1-15) in the first round. Kollin Bissette and Fraiser Pierpoint combined for the mound work, and Josh Beayon’s two hits included a three-run, inside-the-park homer. Nate Hudson poked three hits, and Reilly Shannon, Marcus McCullough, Bissette and Alex Polli added two apiece.
In a Friday quarterfinal the Otters ousted No. 8 Bellows Falls, 10-0, in five innings, as Beayon allowed four hits and struck out eight. BF (8-10) made four errors in OV’s six-run fourth inning, and OV used five hits in the fifth to score twice and end the game.
Shannon had three hits and drove in three runs. Hudson and Polli added two hits apiece, and Patrick McKeighan drove in runs. The Otters will host No. 4 Harwood (10-3) on Tuesday.
On Wednesday also in D-II No. 11 Mount Abe rode the complete game pitching of Nolan Whitcomb to a 5-1 road upset of No. 6 U-32. Whitcomb, who struck out nine, also drove in the Eagles’ first run. Errors by the 8-6 Raiders in the fourth inning led to the rest of the Eagle offense.
On Friday No. 3 Fair Haven ousted the 7-11 Eagles, 13-0, as Parker Morse tossed a five-inning one-hitter. Parker Hines singled for the only Eagle hit, and Eben Clifford and Ethan Bissonette threw for Mount Abe.
Andrew Lanthier led the Slater attack with three hits, including a two-run triple, and Brent Huntley added a pair for the 12-5 Slaters, who will visit No. 2 Enosburg on Tuesday.
In D-I on Wednesday No. 13 MUHS lost a heartbreaker to No. 4 Rice, 3-2 in 11 innings. Wyatt Cameron tossed 10 innings of two-run, eight-hit ball, striking out five, and Jordy Stearns took the loss when the 13-4 Green Knights scored on an error in the 11th.
Nick Carrara singled in Cameron for one Tiger run, and Stearns picked up the other RBI as the Tigers finished at 7-8. 

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