Twinfield Dismisses Whitcomb

Bethel — A funny thing happened on the way through the Vermont Division IV softball tournament: Top-ranked Whitcomb ran into a Trojan horse.

Twinfield pitcher Ashley Ibbey limited the Hornets to just four hits and struck out six to lead the eighth-ranked Trojans to a 6-2 elimination of Whitcomb at the Bethel Athletic Fields yesterday. The Hornets (14-3) never led and never generated much offense in a matchup coach Ray Colton dreaded from the moment he knew it would come about.

“Our hitters weren’t doing it today, but she got better over the year,” Colton said. “We faced them twice, beat them twice and I was not looking forward to playing them again because they knew all of our tricks. Those were two of our closer games this year.

“Give them credit: They had nothing to lose. We were on top, and we lost.”

Whitcomb beat Twinfield in Bethel on May 6, 3-2, and repeated the feat on the road on May 29, 5-1. Yesterday was a different story, as the Trojans (9-6) went ahead in the second inning, scored twice more in the third and three times in the fifth to take the contest.

Jenna Townsend gave Whitcomb its first run in the home third, reaching on a single and stealing second base before Nicole Begin brought her around with an RBI single. Tulie McCrory’s triple plated Jonnie Thompson with the Hornets’ other run in the seventh, but the home team wouldn’t threaten Ibbey again.

Reba Hart took the loss for Whitcomb, striking out five and issuing three walks. Hart, Townsend, Mackenzie Delia and Cambry Zullick make up the Hornets’ graduating class.

“We’ve got a good pitcher coming up,” Colton said. “The school is way down on numbers, but I think we’ll have a good team for another year.”

College Baseball

Draft Taps Two More From Dartmouth

Hanover — A day after junior left-hander Mitch Horacek went in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft to Baltimore, Big Green pitchers Michael Johnson and Cole Sulser also had their names called, with the Los Angeles Dodgers selecting Johnson and Sulser going to the Cleveland Indians.

Johnson, a 6-foot, 180-pound senior, went in the 14th round, the 424th pick overall, to the Dodgers. The Massachusetts native earned first-team all-Ivy League mention this spring for posting a 7-0 record with a 1.82 earned-run average, which led the Big Green staff and ranked 34th in NCAA Division I play.

Sulser went in the 25th round to the Indians, the 741st selection of the draft. The fifth-year senior received honorable mention all-Ivy recognition with a 5-3 record and 2.52 ERA one year after missing the entire 2012 season to recover from Tommy John surgery to his pitching arm. Sulser ranked third in the league with 56 strikeouts and walked just 14 batters all year, and his 20 wins for Dartmouth rank second behind 1988 graduate Mike Remlinger, who claimed 22 victories for the Big Green before embarking on a 14-year major league career.

Dartmouth has had 31 players and a total of 36 selections in an MLB Draft, with at least one being chosen in each of the past six years.