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Letter: Inaccurate Portrayal of Randolph Team

To the Editor:

I was very disappointed to read Tris Wykes’ June 13 article about Randolph Union High School’s loss to Leland and Gray in the Vermont Division III semifinal softball game. The Valley News has done an outstanding job covering Randolph’s games all year, but the first paragraph of this article couldn’t have been further from the truth. There was no bat “flung atop the dugout in frustration” and to report such a thing portrays the Randolph team as having poor sportsmanship. Anybody who has seen any of Randolph’s games this year would know that is just not true.

When the game was over, a batting glove was tossed over the fence in front of the dugout so that the players could go congratulate the Leland and Gray players on their win. The batting glove landed on top of the dugout and the player was hoisted up and was using a bat to try to reach the batting glove.

There was no bat throwing, no frustration and definitely no poor sportsmanship. To suggest such a thing is downright despicable. Congratulations to Leland and Gray and good luck in the finals.

James Comette

South Royalton

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