Newport — Lacey McNeel had a day to remember to lead the Newport High softball team in a 12-4 victory over visiting Fall Mountain on Thursday afternoon.
The Tigers broke things open with six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. The victory gives Newport a 3-1 record.
McNeel was 4-for-4 with two triples, a home run and five RBIs to fall just a double shy of hitting for the cycle. McNeel also started in the circle, tossing a complete-game nine-hitter with 12 strikeouts.
“The game didn’t quite go as we expected at first. Fall Mountain was a bit scrappier than we thought, which is good because we need to play solid team to increase our skill level,” Newport coach Sam McNeel said.
Alyssa Burr was 4-for-4 with an RBI and Lexi Page had two hits and two runs scored for the Tigers. Hanna Clark was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
The Wildcats led, 4-3, heading into the bottom of the fourth inning. The Tigers answered with three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead for good.
Fair Haven 15, Windsor 1
Windsor — The Yellowjackets dropped to 0-4 with their second straight loss to one of the top teams in the state.
Starting pitcher Olivia Rockwood went 6⅔ innings, allowing just four earned runs on 15 hits while striking out two. Windsor scored in the second inning when Brooke Mc-Keen reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on Carah Rugg’s RBI single. Annie Soho and Erin Wierzbicki also had hits.
Blue Mountain 23South Royalton 7
South Royalton — The Royals (0-1) dropped their season opener to a very strong Blue Mountain team.
Macey Carbino led the SoRo attack with a single, a triple and two RBIs. Grace Pease had three hits and drove in one run. Mara Southworth pitched a complete game, walking just five while striking out one.Baseball
Windsor 18, Springfield 0 (5)
Windsor — Dakota Page and Justin Smith each had three RBIs to pace the Yellowjackets (2-1) over the Cosmos.
Page was 2-for-3 with a walk. Smith was also 2-for-3. Seth Balch had three hits, an RBI and scored two runs. Balch pitched the first four innings, striking out nine while allowing just one hit and one walk. Ryland Richardson struck out the side in the top of the fifth inning to close out the mercy rule-shortened game.
Windsor will face Woodstock on Saturday in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Stevens 15, Gilford 0 (5)
Gilford, n.h. — Sophomore Derrick Stanhope earned the victory, pitching all five innings, striking out five against no walks while allowing only three hits.
Coby Hussey led the Cardinals’ bats with three hits, including a double, and four RBIs. Drew Grenier added two hits, two RBIs and three runs scored. Cody Schoolcraft had a pair of hits and drove in two. Zach O’Brien had a single and a double. Noah Spaulding had one hit and scored three runs. Stanhope helped his own cause with a hit and two RBIs.
South Royalton 18Blue Mountain 3 (5)
South Royalton — Stephen Paige was 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs to lead the Royals (2-0).
Dominick Small added a single, a triple and two RBIs; Andy Moore was 2-for-2 with an RBI; and Jacob Hewitt drove in two on a pair of sacrifice flies. Dalton McDougall pitched four shutout innings with four strikeouts, and Paige pitched an inning of relief.
Fall Mountain 2, Newport 0
Newport — The Tigers were the latest victims of Wildcat ace Kendall Heath, who tossed a 76-pitch no-hitter while recording 17 of 21 outs by strikeout.
“He was absolutely brilliant. He just pounded the strike zone. It was masterful,” Newport coach Jon Hamel said. “It’s one of the best pitchers’ duels I’ve seen. One of those games where you hate to see either team lose. Unbelievable game to be a part of.”
Newport (1-2) counterpart Kyle Fish took a hard-luck loss despite an 89-pitch complete-game five-hitter with four strikeouts. Hamel praised the Tigers’ defense for another strong game; the hosts did not commit an error.Boys Lacrosse
Pinkerton 19, Hanover 3
Hanover — The Astros (6-0) handled Hanover, which received two goals from Jake Acker and a goal and an assist from Reed Winter. Joe Warhold (10 saves in first half) and Mason Winter (three saves in second half) split time in the Marauders’ net.
Hanover (2-2) hosts Yarmouth (Maine) at 11 a.m. on Saturday.Track and Field
Oxbow Opens Season
Newport, Vt. — Despite a shortage of athletes due to spring vacation, the Oxbow girls placed third and the Olympian boys were sixth at a season-opening meet at North Country Union High on Wednesday.
Oxbow competitors qualified for June’s state meet in 13 events. Leanne Burgess earned the girls team’s only event victory, taking the 1,500 meters in a state-qualifying time of 5 minutes, 45.83 seconds. Emily Carson was second in the 100 dash and hurdles, making states in both. Sarah Stevens (shot put, discus), Tyrus Rosten (800, 1,500) and Danielle Gordon (discus) also made the state field.
Jarret Rock won the 100 dash for the boys (12.1 seconds) to make states. Keelan Durham (high jump, 1,500 run), Jake Stimson (discus) and William Dougas (1,500) also qualified.
Boys team scores: North Country 161.5, U-32 143.5, BFA-St. Albans 123, Enosburg Falls 60, Spaulding 41, Oxbow 36, Lake Region 14.
Girls team scores: North Country 163, BFA-St. Albans 84.5, Oxbow 65.5, U-32 62, Spaulding 49.5, Enosburg Falls 45.5, Lake Region 44, Williamstown 4.College Baseball
Colby-Sawyer 6, Lyndon 5Lyndon 5, Colby-Sawyer 2
New London — The Chargers split a pair with the Hornets to leave their record at 15-11 overall, 7-5 in the North Atlantic Conference.
Colby-Sawyer led, 3-0, after the first inning of game one on a two-run double by Brendan Thurber and an RBI single by Hartford High graduate Justin Devoid. Woodstock’s Doug Avellino added an RBI infield single in the fourth inning. The Chargers led, 6-0, into the seventh inning when the Hornets scored five runs on four hits and a pair of errors to make things interesting.
Chris Hood pitched the first 6⅔ innings to pick up the win. Thurber finished 3-for-4, and Avellino was 2-for-4.
Devoid and Jackson Musco had RBIs for the Chargers in game two. Jake Greaney pitched a complete game but took the loss, allowing three earned runs on seven hits.Men’s Tennis
Colby-Sawyer 9Green Mountain 0
New London — The Chargers swept the Eagles, improving to 9-10 overall, 4-0 in NAC play.
Gustav Jigrup and Alex Wright won 8-0 at No. 1 doubles. Dean Boodakian/Alex Townsend and Cam Lynch/Matt Burke each won 8-1 in doubles. Jigrup added a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 1 singles. Wright, Boodakian, Burke, Mike White and Lynch also won in singles.College Football
Teevens to Throw First Pitch at Fenway
Hanover — Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens will be at Fenway Park on Tuesday night to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the start of the game against the visiting New York Yankees.
Dartmouth will be playing Brown at Fenway on Nov. 10 in the first of three college football games scheduled at the 105-year-old ballpark this fall.
UMass will face Maine on Nov. 11, and Boston College battles UConn on Nov. 18.
Prinzbach Joins Green
Hanover — Marissa Prinzbach has joined the staff of the Dartmouth women’s volleyball program as an assistant coach.
Prinzbach was a starting setting at both Connecticut and SUNY-Buffalo, graduating from the latter last year. She led the Huskies in assists as a sophomore with 1,221 and finished her collegiate career with 3,518 assists, including 1,423 in two seasons at Buffalo.