No. 12 Jacks Shock Blue Mountain
Wells River, Vt. — It’s been a bumpy road at times this spring for the Windsor High baseball team, but the 12th-seeded Yellowjackets pulled off a Vermont Division III, first-round playoff upset yesterday when they edged fifth-seeded Blue Mountain, 2-1.
Windsor (6-11) broke open a scoreless game when Tanner Tibbits led off the seventh inning with a single and scored on Russell Simonds’ triple. Simonds then scored on a single by Jacob Meagher.
The Bucks (14-3) put runners on first and second with two outs during their half of the seventh, thanks to a walk and an infield error. The next batter stroked a single to score the runner from second, but his trailing teammate was tagged out in a rundown to snuff the threat.
“He went around second and stopped, then decided to go to third and was in no-man’s land,’’ said Windsor baseball coach Don Swinyer. “It wasn’t your usual ending to a game.”
Tyson Boudro threw a three-hitter for Windsor, striking out five Bucks and walking two. Tibbits had two of his team’s five hits. The Yellowjackets visit fourth-seeded Leland & Gray (14-3) on Friday.
Peoples 5, Rivendell 4
Morrisville, Vt. — The eighth-seeded Wolves scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning of a Vermont Division III first-round game with a bases-loaded single. Ninth-seeded Rivendell (7-9) had previously committed an error, surrendered a single and issued an intentional walk.
The Raptors led 4-1 in the fourth before falling into a 4-4 tie in the bottom half of that frame. Brandon Gardner had three hits and an RBI and Nate Eastman threw an eight-hitter with four strikeouts and three walks.
Oxbow 7, Northfield 0
Bradford, Vt. — Andrew Lyman tossed his second no-hitter of the season, striking out 13 to lead the Olympians to a first-round, Division III victory.
Lyman walked just two Marauders and added an RBI triple while at the plate. Hunter Bingham had three hits and drove in two RBIs while Quinten Mahikoa had three hits and an RBI.
Poultney 11, Thetford 9
Poultney, Vt. — The Panthers trailed 10-1 after three innings but fell in a Vermont Division III, first-round clash.
Thetford scored five runs during the fourth inning and Nolan Howard’s three-run home run pulled his team within 10-9. Howard had two hits and two RBIs. Henry Nichols had three hits and an RBI and Andrew Cawley had two hits and an RBI.
Cawley allowed 14 hits as the Panthers’ pitcher, allowing one run after the third inning.
Whitcomb 6, Twinfield 3
Bethel — Scott Nickerson struck out seven batters and allowed one earned run while pitching the first five innings for the sixth-seeded Hornets in a Vermont Division IV, first-round triumph. Hunter Perry threw the final two innings to earn the save against the 11th-seeded Trojans.
Alex Messier had two hits, Bradford Allen had a hit and drew a walk and Paul Fleming had a hit for Whitcomb (7-8), which visits third-seeded Danville on Friday for a quarterfinal game.
Randolph 12, Winooski 2
Randolph — The second-seeded Galloping Ghosts had little trouble advancing in the first round of the Vermont D-III playoffs.
Ben Jickling earned the victory, pitching a four-hitter and striking out three. Ross Caswell had two doubles and three RBIs, while Mackenzie Poirier had two singles and three RBIs.
Jacob Sprague had an RBI single while Brandon Keyes drove in two on a pair of sacrifices. The Ghosts host seventh-seeded Williamstown on Friday.
Lamoille 13, Woodstock 2
Orleans, Vt. — The Wasps saw their season end in a Vermont Divison II playoff opener.
Starting pitcher Matt Poljacik went 5 1∕ 3 innings and Jack Fitzpatrick finished the game on the hill. Doug Avellino, Bradley Lewis and Sam Cole each had two hits.
Oxbow 17, Williamstown 2 (6)
Bradford, Vt. — Leah Hanzas threw a four-hitter with five strikeouts and one walk to lead the host Olympians (11-5) to a first-round rout. Holly Lund had four hits, including a double and a triple, and Holly White had four hits, including a triple for Oxbow, which hosts 14th-seeded Rice in a Friday quarterfinal.
Green Mountain 15
Rivendell 0 (5)
Chester, Vt. — The Raptors held the Chieftans scoreless in the first inning of a first-round playoff game but allowed five runs during the second and eight during the third, when Green Mountain drew four walks and profited from three errors.
Kaitlin Maddock, Brianna Wood and Cassie White had the visitors’ three hits. Rivendell finished 2-14.
Thetford 15, Twin Valley 4
Wilmington, Vt. — Michaela Pomeroy threw a five-hitter with three strikeouts and three walks and the ninth-seeded Panthers (8-9) beat the eighth-seeded Trojans and advanced to play at top-seeded Leland & Gray on Saturday in a Division III quarterfinal.
Suzie Howard had three hits, including a double and a triple, and an RBI. Shenia Covey had three hits, including a triple and a home run, and five RBIs. Jackie Jamieson had two doubles and a triple and three RBIs. Pomeroy and Carlie Ulman each had three hits.
Harwood 17, Hartford 3
Moretown, Vt. — Courtney Murray slugged a two-run home run for Hartford in a Vermont Division II, first-round playoff loss. Caitlin Woodward had three hits and Murray and Jordan Schaal each had two for the Hurricanes (4-12-1).
Rice 10, Windsor 1
Windsor — The 13th-seeded Green Knights stunned the fourth-seeded Jacks in a Vermont Division III, first-round game.
Mariah Marsh pitched into the fourth inning, allowing six runs, four earned, while walking three and giving up five hits. Ashley Bly relieved her, striking out one and giving up four earned runs on five hits and three walks.
Bly added a pair of singles while Nikki Kibling, Jadie Dow, Erin Lapine and Marsh also had hits.
Woodstock 13, Chelsea 7
Woodstock — Annie Arthur scored five goals, including the 100th of her Wasps career, and eighth-seeded Woodstock advanced to play top-seeded Union-32 in a Vermont Division II quarterfinal on Friday.
Delaney Little and Lauren Kaija each had two goals and Jocelyn White, Lauren Horsman, Sam Harrington and Grace Vosburgh also scored for the Wasps (7-10).
Oxbow 10, Montpelier 6
Bradford, Vt. — The Olympians led 6-2 at halftime in winning a Vermont Division II, first-round contest.
Mikayla Hodge had three goals and an assist while Emily Speck had two goals and a pair of helpers. Lauren Tomlinson added a pair of goals, Vanessa Valley, Drew Pierson and Ashley Stearns also scored.
The Olympians (10-6) visit BFA-Fairfax for a Friday quarterfinal matchup.
Horiuchi Wins Title
Bedford, n.h. — Hanover freshman Kotaro Horiuchi outlasted Bedford senior McKinley Grimes to win the individual state championship.
Horiuchi won 4-6, 7-6, 6-1 and fought off five separate match points in the second set, including one in the tiebreaker. The match spanned over three hours, starting outside and moving inside due to darkness for the final set.
“They both played their best tennis, McKinley was just cranking,” Hanover coach Mark Lewis said. “It was really an incredible match to watch.”
Horiuchi is back in action tomorrow afternoon in Bedford with partner Christian Mueller as they compete to bring a doubles championship trophy back to Hanover.
Montpelier, Vt. — The third-seeded Wasps lost to the second-seeded Solons and finished 9-4.
Pittsford, Vt. — The Wasps’ Lauren Mayer tied for second at the girls state championship at Proctor-Pittsford Country Club. Mayer shot 91 over the par-70 layout. Maddie Myers of Rice won the individual title with an 86.
Dartmouth Hires Assistants
Hanover — First-year Dartmouth coach Belle Koclanes has hired Maria Noucas and Addie Micir as assistants and Michael Motta as director of operations.
Noucas spent the previous four seasons at Navy, where she helped the program to three conseutive Patriot League titles and NCAA tournament appearances. Micir is a former Ivy League player of the year at Princeton who has played professionally in Europe the last two years.