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Weekend sports: Big debuts for local lax teams, OV nine

COMMODORE SENIOR MIDDIE Hannah Kelly beats a South Burlington counterpart down the field during the VUHS-Mount Abe girls’ lacrosse team's opening win on Saturday.

ADDISON COUNTY — Most local teams made the best of the opening day of spring sports, as the Vergennes-Mount Abraham cooperative girls’ and Middlebury boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams all prevailed, as did the Otter Valley baseball team.
The Division II Commodore lax and OV baseball squads pulled off notable victories over Division I foes.
Eagle-VUHS cooperative boys’ lacrosse hosted Hartford — see separate story here. 
Saturday’s softball games and tennis matches were postponed.
LACROSSE
On Saturday the defending Division II champion Commodore girls’ lax team knocked off defending D-I champ South Burlington, 10-8, at SBHS. Sydney Weber led the attack with four goals, while Txuxa Konczal’s three scores included the game-winner with 2:38 to go.
Hannah Kelly, Ryley Olsen and Marley Keith added a goal apiece, and goalie Ashley Tierney backstopped the victory with six saves.
Cassandra Guilmette and Konczal led VUHS with five ground balls each, and Molly Laurent and Olsen each scooped four.
South Burlington goalie Greta Heldman kept her team close with 14 saves, and Lindsey Booth scored four times for the Wolves.
Coach Marikate Kelley said the Commodores still had “lots to work on,” but acknowledged the opener as a “great win.”
The MUHS boys also opened strong on Saturday morning, thumping host Burlington, 15-2. Bode Rubright (five goals, two assists) and Mason Kaufmann (four goals, two assists) led the Tiger offense, and team faceoff specialist Cameron Stone won 12 of 16.
The Tiger girls completed the Saturday sweep in the afternoon, pelting visiting Brattleboro, 13-2. Alanna Trudeau paced the assault with six goals, while Sophie Larocque scored three and Hana Doria chipped in a pair. Lia Robinson and Ella Tucker added a goal apiece, and goalie Lydia Deppman stopped five of the seven shots she faced.
BASEBALL
On the diamond, the D-II Otters erupted late past host Rutland, 7-2, scoring three runs in the sixth and three in the seventh to wipe out a 2-1 Raven lead.  
Ethan Blow pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn the pitching win, following a creditable start by Fraser Pierpont, who allowed two runs on four hits in 4.2 innings.
Rutland starter Jevan Valente allowed one run and struck out 11 in five innings, but the Rutland bullpen couldn’t contain the Otters. Their runs in the sixth came on a walk to Alex Polli, an RBI hit by Jordan Beayon, an RBI grounder by Blow, and an error.
In the seventh a walk, Pierpont single, hit batsman, a Blow sacrifice fly and Raven miscues plated the runs.
Lane Eddy led the Otters with two hits.

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