Hornets Buzz Past Wildcats
Bethel — Starting pitcher Scott Nickerson didn’t allow a hit into the sixth inning as the Whitcomb High baseball team crushed visiting Concord (Vt.) 16-1 on a steamy afternoon yesterday.
Nickerson tossed a six-inning complete game, getting 17 outs before allowing a hit. He finished with six strikeouts and allowed no earned runs. Speedster Tim Patch was 5-for-5 with six stolen bases, improving his season average to .591. Caleb Chase was 4-for-5 with three stolen bases while Alex Messier had two hits.
Whitcomb lost a sloppy game to Concord 16-14 earlier this season, allowing 13 unearned runs to the Wildcats. The improving Hornets (6-7) close the regular season with a trip to Rivendell today.
Hartford 6, Mount Anthony 5
White River Junction — Greg Shinn’s RBI single off the glove of the shortstop drove in Connor Brooks in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Hartford (9-6) the victory.
Brooks finished 2-for-3 and scored three runs. He led off the seventh with a single, stole second and then advanced to third on a throwing error before Brooks followed with a line drive just out of the reach of the shortstop. Shinn also had a double and drove in three.
Senior Pat Roberts started on the mound for Hartford, facing two batters before ceding to Justin Devoid. Devoid tossed six innings, striking out three and allowing five runs, two earned. Brooks then earned the victory, getting out of a jam in the top of the seventh inning before scoring the winning run in the bottom of the frame.
Leland & Gray 8, Windsor 2
Townshend, Vt. — The Jacks (4-11) fell to the host Rebels. Tyson Boudro and Tanner Tibbits each had two hits for Windsor, who close the regular season today with a visit from Green Mountain.
Rivendell 14, Twinfield 3
Plainfield, Vt. — Logan Gardyne threw a complete-game six hitter as the Raptors were all over the Trojans.
Gardyne struck out nine and walked two. Ryan Farnham was 4-for-6 with three runs scored and an RBI. Shawn Farnham added three hits and drove in two while Ethan Jayne was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Joey Wood added an RBI double. The Raptors (6-8) host Whitcomb today.
S. Royalton 9, Woodstock 4
South Royalton — The Royals (14-1) used a balanced attack to defeat Woodstock in its regular-season finale.
South Royalton’s David Ballou, Hunter Brock and Thomas Ingham each had two hits and two RBIs, and Keenan Thompson also had two RBIs. Pitchers Nathan Moore and Ingham held Woodstock to four hits while walking three and striking out 10.
Doug Avellino had two hits for Woodstock, and teammate Jack Fitzpatrick tripled and Alex King doubled.
Concord (Vt.) 1 (6)
Bethel — The Hornets improved to 13-2, collecting 20 hits to beat the Wildcats.
Mackenzie Delia was 4-for-5 with two doubles, while teammate Lindsey LaPerle was 4-for-5 and scored a run. Jenna Townsend added three hits and scored a pair of runs while Cambry Zullick had a double, a triple and scored twice.
Reba Hart tossed a complete game for Whitcomb, striking out eight while allowing four hits. The Hornets close the regular season at Rivendell today.
Randolph 3, Oxbow 2
Randolph — Johanna Sargent drove in Jackie Lumbra for the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Galloping Ghosts (11-5) edged Oxbow.
Lumbra led off the home half of the sixth with a triple and then scored on Sargent’s RBI single. Sargent and Samantha Johnson each had two hits on the day. Brooke Jacques started in the circle for Randolph, tossing four innings, allowing four hits while striking out two. Kalie Warner was dominant in relief, tossing three innings of no-hit ball with five strikeouts.
Mount Anthony 9, Hartford 0
White River Junction — The Hurricanes (4-11-1) trailed by three runs entering the seventh inning, but closed the regular season by allowing six unearned runs in the final frame. Jordan Schaal and Mikayla Hastings had Hartford’s two hits while Jenna Yee pitched, allowing seven hits and nine walks while striking out six batters.
Hurricanes coach Gary Gervais expects his team to be the No. 13 seed for the Vermont Division I playoffs, which begin next week.
Burr & Burton 28
Woodstock — The Bulldogs overcame a season-high in runs by the Wasps (0-13).
Senior Emma Blaiklock had two hits and scored four runs for Woodstock. Gabbi Rozumek added three runs scored and two steals while Ashley Sigl added a pair of hits. The Wasps scored seven runs in the fifth inning to close within four at 16-12, but the Bulldogs tacked on 12 more runs over their final two trips to the plate to pull away.
Leland & Gray 5, Windsor 2
Townshend, Vt. — The Rebels secured the top spot in the upcoming Vermont D-III playoffs, beating the Yellowjackets (11-5) and sending Windsor to a probable No. 3 seed.
Starting pitcher Mariah Marsh allowed all five runs, three earned, in two innings of work. Ashley Bly then threw four innings of two-hit relief. Haley Wood was 2-for-4 and belted a home run while Nikki Kibling was also 2-for-4 and scored a run. Taylor Potwin added a pair of singles.
Hartford 12, Otter Valley 2
Brandon, Vt. — The Canes closed the regular season with a blowout victory at the Otters behind five goals from Joe Wood.
John Borchert added three scores and two assists while John Lewis had a pair of goals and two assists. John Bielecki added two goals and one helper while Andrew Atkinson had three assists. Kyle Kelenski and Sam Dwyer also had helpers.
Three players saw time in goal for Hartford (5-8) with James Young (two saves), Garreth Stephenson (two saves) and Atkinson adding to his day setting up goals with five saves.
Brattleboro 14, Hartford 6
White River Junction — The Canes enjoyed senior night despite falling to the visiting Colonels.
Senior Aberash Ladd scored a goal for Hartford. Ladd and manager Emma Pilczymski will each be graduating. Taylor Johnson and Mariah Palmer each had two goals while Skyler Gay had a goal and an assist. Goalie Jessica Smith stopped 10 shots.
Dartmouth Outfielder Honored
Hanover — Dartmouth junior Jeff Keller was named to the academic All-America first team by the College Sports Information Directors of America yesterday. He is the first Big Green baseball player ever to earn Academic All-America honors and the only player from the Ivy League on any of the three teams this year.
Keller, an outfielder from Atherton, Calif., is an economics major with a 3.97 grade point average. He finished among the top three in the conference in 10 offensive statistical categories as he led the loop in runs scored (39), RBIs (41), doubles (21), triples (4), total bases (99) and slugging percentage by more than 100 points (.702).
Big Green Starts Strong
Philadelphia — The Dartmouth men’s rugby team will be participating in the Collegiate Rugby Championship Sevens (CRC 7s) this weekend.
In Pool Play, the Big Green opened competition yesterday with a 34-0 win over host Penn. In today’s schedule, Dartmouth takes on Wisconsin at 11:50 a.m. followed by a 3:32 p.m. meeting with Arizona, which will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.
Tomorrow, the Sun Knock Out Rounds will be held, determined by pool play results.