Softball: Mt. Abe, Otters reach semis
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school playoff action late last week Mount Abraham and Otter Valley each advanced to the Division II semifinal round, once at the expense of a determined Vergennes squad, while Middlebury dropped a first-round D-I matchup.
Mount Abe, which reached a Friday quarterfinal after a first-round forfeit, made quick work of visiting No. 9 Randolph, banging out 23 hits in a 23-2 victory. Winning pitcher Ruby Ball, who struck out nine and walked none in six innings, led the 13-4 Eagles with four hits. Camilienne Masse tossed the final inning and also doubled.
Erika Tracey, Sam Rathbun, Jess Murray, Cami Willsey and Shaelyn Layn contributed multiple hits to the Eagles, who will host No. 5 Fair Haven (11-6) at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday in a semifinal.
The Otter’s road to the semifinals was not as easy. On Wednesday No. 2 seed OV overcame the visiting Commodores’ upset bid and a 12-run seventh inning deficit to advance in the D-II playoffs, 17-16, in eight innings. Stef Palmer and Mia Politano each cracked two-run doubles and Bella Falco stole home to highlight the Otters’ game-tying rally from down, 16-4. In the bottom of the eighth Renee O’Connell tripled and raced home with the winning run on a passed ball.
Freshman Audrey Tembreull’s four hits paced the young 2-15 Commodores’ attack, and freshman Felicia Poirier took the pitching loss. Morgan LaPorte earned the complete-game pitching win for OV.
On Friday No. 10 Rice held a 2-0 lead after five, but OV struck for six runs in the sixth for a 6-2 victory. Riley Keith doubled and Falco walked to start the rally, and Politano doubled them home to open the floodgates. LaPorte earned the complete-game win and added a pair of hits against the 5-13 Green Knights.
The Otters will host No. 6 U-32 (9-6) on Tuesday.
On Wednesday D-I’s No. 4 seed St. Albans pounded out a 17-0 victory over the visiting Tigers. May Gratton tossed a five-inning three-hitter for the Comets. The No. 13 Tigers finished at 5-10.
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