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Local Roundup: Windsor Softball Rolls in Playoff Opener

  • The Thetford softball team watches a teammate at bat in the last inning of the Thetford at Windsor Vermont Division III playoff softball game in Windsor, Vt., on June 3, 2014. <br/>(Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

    The Thetford softball team watches a teammate at bat in the last inning of the Thetford at Windsor Vermont Division III playoff softball game in Windsor, Vt., on June 3, 2014.
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  • Heather Stearns, Windsor head softball coach, congratulates her team after they beat Thetford during the Thetford at Windsor Vermont Division III playoff softball game in Windsor, Vt., on June 3, 2014. <br/>(Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

    Heather Stearns, Windsor head softball coach, congratulates her team after they beat Thetford during the Thetford at Windsor Vermont Division III playoff softball game in Windsor, Vt., on June 3, 2014.
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  • Windsor's Ashlee Bly makes it safely to first during the Thetford at Windsor Vermont Division III playoff softball game in Windsor, Vt., on June 3, 2014. <br/>(Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

    Windsor's Ashlee Bly makes it safely to first during the Thetford at Windsor Vermont Division III playoff softball game in Windsor, Vt., on June 3, 2014.
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  • Randolph's Rachel Johnson.<br/>Valley News - Tris Wykes

    Randolph's Rachel Johnson.
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  • The Thetford softball team watches a teammate at bat in the last inning of the Thetford at Windsor Vermont Division III playoff softball game in Windsor, Vt., on June 3, 2014. <br/>(Valley News - Sarah Priestap)
  • Heather Stearns, Windsor head softball coach, congratulates her team after they beat Thetford during the Thetford at Windsor Vermont Division III playoff softball game in Windsor, Vt., on June 3, 2014. <br/>(Valley News - Sarah Priestap)
  • Windsor's Ashlee Bly makes it safely to first during the Thetford at Windsor Vermont Division III playoff softball game in Windsor, Vt., on June 3, 2014. <br/>(Valley News - Sarah Priestap)
  • Randolph's Rachel Johnson.<br/>Valley News - Tris Wykes

Windsor — Sometimes the pieces just fall perfectly into place. The Windsor High softball team had it all working in the first round of the Vermont Division III playoffs as it beat visiting Thetford 15-0 in six innings.

It started with the quiet efficiency of starting pitcher Ashlee Bly, who puzzled the Thetford bats for all six innings. The junior hurler allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out one. The defense behind Bly was solid all afternoon with freshman third baseman Ashleay Wilcox handling 10 chances without an error. Wilcox finished with nine assists and had one putout.

Haley Wood led a balanced and potent Yellowjackets attack from the plate with two hits, three RBIs and three runs scored. Brooke Hurd also had two hits to drive in three. Erin Wierzbicki and Brianna Wright each added a base hit and two RBIs.

Next up for seventh-seeded Windsor (9-7) is a visit to No. 2 seed Oxbow (16-1) on Friday afternoon. The Jacks and Olympians did not play each other in the regular season.

Randolph 1, Hartford 0

White River Junction — Randolph’s Rachel Johnson was just slightly more dominant than her Hartford counterpart as the Galloping Ghosts eked out a win over the Hurricanes in the opening round of the Vermont D-II playoffs.

Johnson recorded 19 of the 21 outs in her complete-game one-hitter by strikeout. Hartford didn’t threaten until the bottom of the seventh inning when a Kaitlynn Woodward single and a walk had runners on second and third with one out. Johnson then rallied to fan the next two batters to close the door on the Canes.

“(Johnson) was incredible,” Hartford coach Gary Gervais said. “She has an unbelievable rise ball, she was throwing lights out today.”

Woodward took the tough luck loss for the Canes despite a complete-game four-hit effort. Randolph scored an unearned run in the second inning, but otherwise didn’t do much against Woodward.

Jenna Sprague had two hits for Randolph, which plays the winner of BFA-Fairfax and Mill River. That game was suspended because of thunderstorms with BFA-Fairfax in front 5-0 in the second inning on Tuesday afternoon. It will be completed today.

Baseball

Woodstock 3 Springfield 0

Woodstock — The Wasps turned in a workmanlike effort to open the Vermont D-II playoffs.

Matt Poljacik tossed a complete game for Woodstock, allowing four hits and striking out seven with no walks. Doug Avellino was 3-for-3 with a run scored and Hunter Balch was 2-for-2 with a run. The Wasps scored a run in each of the first three innings.

“Matt pitched really well and we didn’t have any errors which is always good,” Woodstock coach Jason Tarleton said.

The Wasps next face the winner of Tuesday’s Milton vs. Lamoille game which was suspended in the fifth inning with the score tied, 7-7. It will be completed this afternoon. That quarterfinal matchup will be on Friday afternoon.

South Royalton 4 Northfield 0

South Royalton — Nathan Moore and Leif Johnson combined to toss a two-hitter as the Royals won in the first round of the Vermont D-III playoffs.

Moore went the first six innings, striking out nine against one walk. Johnson tossed an inning of relief, walking one and allowing the one hit. Moore helped his own cause, going 3-for-3 with a double, a triple and an RBI.

Alex Berk added an RBI single and Keanan Thompson had an RBI sacrifice fly. Stephen Paige was 2-for-3 with a double. SoRo hosts Windsor in the quarterfinals on Friday afternoon.

Twinfield 10, Whitcomb 8

Bethel — The Hornets scored eight runs in the first inning and then the bats went silent — Twinfield kept chipping away from there to win in the first round of the Vermont D-IV playoffs.

“A couple plays could’ve been made that weren’t,” Whitcomb coach Les McIntyre said. “We left a few guys on base, which is very costly.”

Starting pitcher Hunter Paradis went the first four innings for the Hornets, allowing five runs. Cody Snelling led the early attack for Whitcomb, going 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Paul Fleming walked, was hit by a pitch and scored a run. Forrest Peront and Scott Nickerson each singled and scored.

Fleming, Nickerson, Bradford Allen and Anthony LaPlaca (of Mid Vermont Christian) are the seniors on coach McIntyre’s squad.

“This team gave me everything that they had, it just didn’t fall our way today,” McIntyre said. “It wasn’t for lack of effort.”

Bellows Falls 9, Oxbow 8

Westminster, Vt. — The No. 9-seed Olympians lost a heartbreaker at the No. 8 seed Terriers in the opening round of the Vermont D-II playoffs.

“It was very frustrating,” Oxbow coach Shawn French said. “We left a lot of runners on base and didn’t make a couple key plays when we needed them.”

A trio of Olympians seniors (Quinten Mahikoa, Hunter Torrey and Tyler Gillis) collected three hits each in their last varsity games.