Supersub Leads Olympians Past Panthers
Thetford — Oxbow Union High baseball player Vinnie Loiacono wasn’t put into yesterday’s game at Thetford for his offense. Nonetheless, the senior came through in the clutch, smacking a two-out single in the seventh inning that drove home the tying and winning runs in a 5-4 victory.
Loiacono entered the game late as a defensive replacement in right field, but his hit boosted the Olympians to 3-1. Andrew Lyman had two hits and an RBI and Jobin Messenger had two hits for Oxbow.
“We didn’t exactly hit the cover off the ball today, but we were good when it counted,’’ said Olympians coach Shawn French, whose team had eight hits but only allowed four. “But I’d rather be lucky than good.”
Hunter Bingham, Oxbow’s starting pitcher, left the game after absorbing a line drive on his throwing arm in the second inning. He was replaced by Tyler Gillis, who made his season pitching debut a memorable one by throwing four innings. He struck out seven Panthers, walked one and allowed three earned runs.
Sully Carter followed Gillis on the hill for the final two innings, allowing no runs and setting Thetford down in order to end the game. He struck out the final batter looking.
French complimented Thetford starter Andrew Cawley, who allowed five earned runs while striking out four and walking two. The Panthers scored three runs in the third inning, using a walk and three hits to do their damage.
Whitcomb 8, Chelsea 4
Bethel — Alex Messier clobbered a two-run home run and a triple to lead the Hornets (3-3). Caleb Chase stole two bases and starting pitcher Scott Nickerson allowed two runs in six innings, striking out five Red Devils and walking five. Whitcomb visits Craftsbury on Friday.
Burr & Burton 4, Hartford 1
Manchester, Vt. — Greg Shinn drove in the Hurricanes’ run with a first-inning single, and Connor Brooks and Steve Cerrone also had hits from the visitors, who fell to 0-4.
Hartford starter Justin Devoid allowed seven hits in six innings while striking out two Bulldogs and walking five. The Hurricanes visit Mt. Anthony on Friday.
Otter Valley 12, Windsor 2
Brandon, Vt. — Matt Thayer had a two-run single in the first inning but poor defense doomed the Yellowjackets (2-5). Windsor hosts Lyndon tomorrow.
S. Royalton 19, Concord (Vt.) 4 (5)
South Royalton — The Royals made quick work of the Wildcats in a game shortened by the mercy rule.
Freshmen Robert Ingham (RBI) and Chris Lucas had their first varsity hits, as did senior exchange student Renan Lima, of Brazil.
Senior Cole Harrington had a grand slam in the fourth inning for South Royalton, while Darrin Kennedy (four innings, one hit, two strikeouts, two walks) got the win on the mound.
South Royalton (7-1) hosts Blue Mountain on Friday.
Leland & Gray 4, Woodstock 1
Woodstock — Rebels pitcher Drew Barnum allowed just two hits in a complete game — both in the first inning — as the Wasps fell to 2-3.
Dougie Avellino singled and stole both second and third base in the first inning, scoring on Zach Cole’s base hit to give the hosts an early 1-0 lead.
Cole five up six hits, walked two and struck out seven for Woodstock, which hosts Bellows Falls on Friday.
Blue Mtn. 11, Rivendell 0
Wells River, Vt. — The Raptors fell to 1-2.
Kyle Farquharson (three innings, six strikeouts, no walks) got the win for the Bucks against Rivendell’s Logan Gardyne.
Rivendell plays at Concord (Vt.) tomorrow.
Winnisquam 15, Kearsarge 0
Tilton, n.h. — The Cougars slipped to 3-6 with the lopsided loss to the Warriors.
Kearsarge travels to Mascenic today.
Windsor 20, Burr & Burton 15
Manchester, Vt. — The Yellowjackets rallied from a 13-9 deficit behind Nikki Kibling’s three hits and three RBIs. The senior belted a two-run home run.
Windsor starter Ashlee Bly allowed 12 hits and 13 runs in the first four innings while striking out two Bulldogs and walking three. Yellowjackets coach Phil Hathorn noted that his team struggled defensively, leading him to insert reliever Mariah Marsh, who allowed three hits and two runs during the final three innings. Marsh struck out one and walked two.
Windsor (5-2) visits Stevens on Monday.
Oxbow 13, Thetford 3
Thetford — The Olympians exploded for seven runs in the fifth inning to break open a 3-3 tie and improve to 4-1. Shea Brammell had three hits and two RBIs and Amanda Wheeler smacked a two-run triple.
Oxbow pitcher Leah Hanzas allowed only four hits while striking out 10 Panthers and walking three. Thetford’s Susie Howard had a double and a home run, Elise Jackson had two hits and Jackie Jamieson had one as the Panthers dropped to 3-1.
The Olympians host U-32 tomorrow, while Thetford visits Lamoille tomorrow.
Leland & Gray 17, Woodstock 1
Woodstock — Shelby Gault had two hits and drove in the Wasps’ run in the third inning. Brittany Sawyer had the other hit for Woodstock (0-5), which also received standout defense from shortstop Elizabeth Fitzpatrick.
The Wasps visit Burr & Burton tomorrow.
S. Royalton 17, Concord 16
S. Royalton 20, Concord 5
South Royalton — Kate Labadie singled home Rebecca Paige and Jacquie Fulcher in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the first game for the host Royals. Paige had a combined eight hits during the day’s action for South Royalton (6-1), which hosts Blue Mountain on Friday.
Winnisquam 14, Kearsarge 2
Tilton, n.h. — The Cougars fell to 0-9.
Kearsarge heads back to the Lakes Region today to play at Mascenic.
Con-Val 13, Lebanon 10
Lebanon — The Raiders couldn’t recover from a 4-1 deficit after one quarter, despite five goals from Jeff Taylor, two from Scott Colburn and one each from Hunter Crowe, Lucas Gerow and Dylan Drew. Jake Mellish and Joey Rogers had 10 saves each for Lebanon, which also received three assists from Phil Hwang.
The Raiders (0-6) host Stevens tomorrow.
St. Johnsbury 15, Randolph 5
St. Johnsbury, Vt. — Zoe Listro had three goals and Brittney Malik and Ellie Anderson also tallied, but the Galloping Ghosts fell to 0-5. Randolph received six saves from Kim Buckholts and visits Hartford on Friday.
Conant 6, Kearsarge 3
Jaffrey, n.h. — Tim Berube won 8-0 at No. 2 singles and Nate Horn and Charlie Bossi also triumphed at No. 4 and No. 5 singles, but the Cougars lost to the Orioles. Conant improved to 6-3, while Kearsarge, which hosts Profile today, fell to 2-6.
Brattleboro 7, Hartford 0
White River Junction — The Hurricanes fell to 0-2.
Zach Kent’s 6-1, 6-0 loss to the Colonels’ Isaiah Ungerleider was the closest match of the day for the undermanned Canes, who forfeited both doubles matches because of a shortage of athletes.
Hartford plays at Bellows Falls today.
Fairlee — Woodstock and Rivendell tied at 170 in a match at Lake Morey Country Club. Josh Marshall led the Raptors with a 40, followed by teammates Luke Bell and Sam Kamel (42) and Ryan Landgraf 46. The Wasps’ low scorer was Carter Pratt (37), followed by Jake Kelly (42), Andrew Becker (44) and Joe Banchi (47).
Windsor, which came in fourth at 201, featured River Merriam (46), Brian Meagher (47), Nick Witty (51) and Simon Shepherd (57).
Oxbow’s Chase Andrews, competing as an individual, shot a 37, three over par. The match’s medalist was Springfield’s Alex Rumrill, who came in at 34.
Team scores: Woodstock 170, Rivendell 170, Springfield 174, Windsor 201, Green Mountain 210.
Track and Field
Royals Earn Wins
Springfield, Vt. — South Royalton picked up victories in the 4x4 and 4x8 relays, with Faith Pease, Rosa Love and Maggie Dakin competing in both races against teams from Hartford, Sharon, Windsor, Woodstock and host Springfield. On the boys side, Michael Dunkle won the pole vault at 10 feet and Dylan Orechovesky was fourth at 9 feet.
Dartmouth 8, Amherst 1
Hanover — In its final game before the Ivy Championship Series at Columbia this weekend, Dartmouth (32-7) defeated Amherst (20-9). Sophomore Matt MacDowell drove in the first two runs of the game with a double as the Big Green cruised to its seventh straight win and added to its school record for victories in a season.
MacDowell, Ennis Coble, Ryan Toimil and Joe Purritanoeachall had two hits for Dartmouth, while Matt Parisi extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a double in his final at-bat in the eighth inning. Toimil also scored twice while MacDowell had two RBIs to lead the team.
Mike Dodakian (2-0) was credited with the victory, allowing two hits in two innings in relief of starter Adam Frank (three hits over four innings). Amherst’s John Cook (5-2) took the loss after yielding five runs, four earned, on four hits and a walk in three-plus innings of work while striking out four.
The Ivy Championship Series begins on Saturday at Columbia’s Robertson Field at Satow Stadium. Dartmouth will play the Lions in a doubleheader at noon. Should the two teams split the twinbill, a decisive third game will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Dartmouth Earns Honors
Princeton, n.j. — Fresh off their Ivy League North Division title, Dartmouth softball players Morgan McCalmon and Katie McEachern shared Ivy Rookie of the Week honors.
Both players played an integral part in the Big Green’s series win over Harvard last weekend. McCalmon went 2-0 in the circle and posted a 1.40 ERA on the weekend. She was also stellar from the plate, batting .400 (6-for-15) with a team-best five runs.
McEachern’s bat, as it has been throughout the season, was on fire over the weekend. The infielder also hit .400 (6-for-15) for the weekend with three doubles and the game-winning home run in Sunday’s first game against the Crimson. McEachern’s home run was her 10th of the season,s a Dartmouth single-season record. McEachern’s three RBIs over the weekend give her the Big Green single-season RBI record with 37. She is also nearing the runs record, needing four more runs to tie the record set by former player Noelle Ramirez in 2011.