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Monday sports: Two girls’ teams, Eagle nine prevail

Middlebury Union High School’s Julia Bartlett stretches for a forehand return on her way to beating Rice Memorial High School’s Elizabeth Lord on Saturday.

ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury Union girls’ tennis team opened with a big victory, and the Vergennes-Mount Abraham girls’ lacrosse team rolled to another lopsided win to highlight sports action since last Wednesday.
The Eagle baseball team also picked up its first win on Saturday, but the Commodore nine dropped its first two games, and the Tiger and Eagle softball teams came up short on Friday.
The Eagles’ Thursday home games vs. Otter Valley were postponed to a later date.
MUHS softball also hosted VUHS on Saturday; click here to to see the story.
TENNIS
On Saturday the Tiger tennis girls were, as always, polite to their visitors from Rice, but showed little mercy on the court in a 7-0 victory.
Coach Jill Dunn had maintained in the preseason the Tigers would be more competitive this season.
On Saturday she said talented newcomers to the team have made such an impact that 2019’s No. 1 singles player, senior Elizabeth Bright, is playing at No. 5 for her improved squad after challenge matches earlier in the week. Dunn added that veterans, including senior Abby Bailey, have upped their games.
Saturday’s results were:
At No. 1 singles, Scarlett Carrara, M, defeated Evi Quinlan, 6-1, 6-1.
At No. 2 singles, Julia Bartlett, M, defeated Elizabeth Lord, 6-1, 6-0.
At No. 3 singles, Abby Bailey, M, defeated Caitlyn Smith, 6-4, 6-0.
At No. 4 singles, Abby Morsman, M, defeated Libby Stevens, 6-0, 6-0.
At No. 5 singles, Elizabeth Bright defeated, M, defeated Sophia Strouse, 6-0, 6-0.
At No. 1 doubles, Lois Alberts and Emma Franklin, M, defeated Grace Marroquin and Hannah Cunningham, 6-0, 6-0.
At No. 2 doubles, Bridget Graham and Gwen Troumbley defeated Eloise Harris and Gabby Sneddon, 6-1, 6-1.
LACROSSE
On Friday the Commodore girls’ lacrosse team had little trouble with Colchester, improving to 3-0 with a 17-1 victory in a game played at Mount Abe.
Illia Dennison, Sydney Weber, Annika Funke, Ryley Olsen and Annie Dufault each scored twice to lead the attack, and seven players added a goal apiece in another balanced scoring effort for the VUHS-Mount Abe collective. Commodore Carley Cook made two saves, and Laker goalie Taylor Dickie was strong with 18 stops.
The Mount Abe-VUHS boys’ team was less fortunate on Saturday, falling to visiting Rice, 17-0, despite 11 saves from goalie Aiden Danyow. The Eagles dropped to 0-2.
BASEBALL
On the baseball diamond, the Commodore nine dropped its opener on Friday to Division I Colchester, 14-5. Tucker Stearns took the pitching loss, but stroked three hits and scored twice to pace the VUHS attack. Elijah Duprey added a pair of safeties for the Commodores.
On Saturday the Commodores came up short at Enosburg, 2-0, as Hornet hurler Kam Lovelette tossed a two-hit shutout and fanned 13.
Lovelette outdueled the Commodores’ Jarret Muzzy, who allowed three hits and struck out 12 in six innings. Muzzy also had both VUHS hits.
Also on Saturday, the 1-1 Eagles won a slugfest at Missisquoi, 13-11. Pacing the Mount Abe attack were Colby Lathrop (two hits, three runs), Adam Mansfield (single, triple, and a run), and Tanner Norris and Chance Denecker, each of whom chipped in two hits and two stolen bases and scored twice.
SOFTBALL
On the softball diamond on Friday host D-I Colchester got to Tiger ace Olivia Audet in a 9-1 victory. Winning Laker pitcher Chloe Palmer struck out 12 and poked three hits. For the Tigers, Olivia McCray knocked out a pair of hits, and Riley Farrell singled home Taylor Betourney. MUHS was 1-1 heading into Saturday’s home game with the 1-0 Commodores.   
Also on Friday visiting D-I contender Missisquoi knocked out Eagle starter Eve McCormick when the TBirds broke open a close game with a seven-run third inning on the way to a 12-2 victory. Reliever Payton Vincent fared a little better the rest of the way and also drilled her first varsity homer. Karissa Livingston singled and drove home the other Eagle run as Mount Abe dropped its twice-postponed opener.

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