Ghosts Gallop Into Division III Semifinals

Randolph — Runs are always at a premium in playoff baseball, and yesterday was no exception in the Vermont D-III playoffs. Host Randolph Union High managed to push across a pair in the bottom of the fourth inning and held on to beat visiting Williamstown, 2-0.

Jacob Sprague threw a five-hit shutout for the Galloping Ghosts (15-3). Sprague struck out six and walked just one to pick up the win.

With none out in the bottom of the fourth, the Ghosts had runners on second and third and attempted to put on the squeeze play. The Rebels’ pitcher then delivered a wild pitch, allowing Ross Caswell to score without batter Leland Goodenough having to bother laying down the bunt. Now with a 1-0 lead and Zach LaPerle on third after advancing on the wild pitch, Goodenough went to two strikes before executing a flawless squeeze bunt to score LaPerle.

“It was a good high school pitcher’s duel,” Randolph coach Mike Czock said. “It was a really good game, their pitcher did well, our pitcher did well. We’re just happy to be playing again.

The Ghosts now host Poultney on Tuesday afternoon with a berth in the state championship game on the line.

Leland & Gray 1, Windsor 0

Townshend, Vt. — The Yellowjackets saw their season come to end in the quarterfinals of the Vermont D-III playoffs despite a complete game two-hitter from Ethan Hill.

Hill did not record a strikeout and walked just one batter. The Rebels scored in the bottom of the sixth when a batter reached base on an error then took second on a fielder’s choice. After a single, the game’s only run scored on an RBI sacrifice fly.

Hill and Tyson Boudro each had singles for Windsor (6-12). Hill was stranded on third base in the top of the seventh inning. Drew Burnham and Zach Wilkins threw a combined two-hitter for the Rebels.

H.S. Softball

Leland & Gray 9, Thetford 6

Townshend, Vt. — Top-seeded Leland & Gray scored four runs in the third to take a 5-4 lead and never looked back in a Vermont D-III quarterfinal win over ninth-seeded Thetford (9-9).

Sheina Covey was 3-for-4 for the Panthers, while teammate Susie Howard was 2-for-4 and Kaitlin Boyce had a hit and two RBIs. Michaela Pomeroy and Kaitlin Hosge pitched.

Track & Field

Valley Represented at New Englands

New Britain, Conn. — Lebanon and Hanover had multiple strong showings at the New England Interscholastic Outdoor Championship meet at Willow Brook Park.

Kelly Ludew led the Lebanon contingent, finishing fourth in the 300-meter hurdles and 14th in the 100-meter hurdles. Moriah Morton added a seventh place finish in the javelin while Heather King was 19th in the shot put. The 4x100-meter relay squad of Katherine Colt, Ludew, Lauren Simard, Emily Kovacs finished 18th.

The Raiders’ John Cioffredi finished fifth in the high jump while Craig Telfer was 13th in the 110-meter hurdles and Nevin Kapuscinski was 24th in the 200-meter dash. The Lebanon boys 4x100-meter relay team of Matthew Stebbins, Kapuscinski, Will Merchant and Telfer finished 20th.

Noah Williams took 14th in the 3,200-meter run for Hanover while teammate Benjamin Chaimberg was 28th in the 800-meter run. The Marauders’ girls 4x400 relay team (Lindsey White, Melanie Subbiah, Katherine Vincelette and Aidan Bardos) took 12th.

Thetford’s Ian Weider was fifth in the boys long jump.

Woodstock’s Carmen Bango was 11th in the girls’ 1,600, and teammate Kathryn Bassette was 26th in the pole vault.