Local roundup: White River Valley softball remains undefeated

  • White River Valley's Fiona Vaillancourt pitches in the game against Randolph in South Royalton, Vt., on Thursday, May 2, 2019. (Valley News - Joseph Ressler) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • White River Valley's Paige Ballantine runs past third base toward home in the game against Randolph in South Royalton, Vt., on Thursday, May 2, 2019. (Valley News - Joseph Ressler) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • White River Valley's Heather White (13) tries to run home past Randolph's catcher Ella Davignon during the softball game in South Royalton, Vt., on Thursday, May 2, 2019. White was out. (Valley News - Joseph Ressler) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Woodstock's Mackenzie Yates.

  • Oxbow's Cooper Simmons.

Staff Reports
Thursday, May 02, 2019

SOUTH ROYALTON — Sandy Gates is still trying to figure out if her White River Valley softball team is more offensively focused or defensively focused. On Thursday, it was most definitely the former.

The Wildcats rapped out 17 hits against perhaps their toughest competition of the season, using late offense to top VPA Division II foe Randolph, 17-9. White River Valley (7-0) remains among the top squads in Division III, with more big tests right around the corner.

Chelsie Trask and Paige Ballentine both had 3-for-5 days for the Wildcats, with Trask scoring three times and driving in four. Trask also threw three innings of three-hit, three-strikeout relief to give WRV its second win over a D-II opponent this season. The other was last month’s season-opener with Woodstock.

“We prepared for this for quite a while,” Gates said. “We know they’re a worthy opponent, so it was good to go out and flex our muscles and see some solid competition and see where the girls stand in that ranking.”

Ballentine’s three hits were all doubles and she drove in three runs as well. Vaillancourt had a good day at the plate, with four hits in five trips, two RBIs and three runs scored.

“I think our offense has held us in games, our ability to hit and bounce back,” Gates said. “With our pitchers doing so well, sometimes we get caught off-guard offensively. But so far, it’s been consistent bats up and down the lineup.”

The Wildcats get another test on Friday with a visit to two-time defending D-III state champion Oxbow.

Oxbow 16, Richford 1 (6)

RICHFORD, Vt. — The Olympians (5-0) made the long trek to the shadow of Canada and dominated the Rockets.

Maddie Fornwalt threw a complete-game three-hitter, fanning five and walking two. Kaysea Neil powered the offense with a 4-for-5 day that included two doubles, two singles, three runs and a run batted in.

“A really, really good mental game,” Oxbow coach Carl Hildebrandt said. “We kept our cool and played softball.”

White River Valley pays Oxbow a visit on Friday.

Woodstock 35, BBA 8 (5)

MANCHESTER, Vt. — The Wasps (3-4) made it two wins in two days with four-RBI afternoons from Lizzy Peck, Mackenzie Yates and Hayley Mullins.

Peck had a double and triple as part of a 4-for-5 day. Yates had three hits in three at-bats.

Woodstock hosts Black River on Saturday afternoon.

Stevens 12, ConVal 0

CLAREMONT — The Cardinals leveled off a 4-4 with a shutout of the Cougars. Stevens next plays its annual home-and-home, day-night doubleheader with Newport on May 10.

GIRLS LACROSSE Hartford 7, St. Johnsbury 5

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. — Emi Harlow’s strong play in goal enabled the Hurricanes (5-3) to sweep its two-game season series with the Hilltoppers.

Hartford held a 3-2 lead at halftime and needed all of Harlow’s eight saves to stay in the game. St. Jay scored the first two goals of the second half for a 4-3 advantage, but the Canes rallied behind Tayler Simmons’ hat trick to retake the lead and hold it the rest of the afternoon.

Carolyn North scored twice for the Canes, and Zoe Pfeiffer and Jasmine Jenkins had Hartford’s other goals. Emily Ricker provided an assist, and Harlow picked up key defensive help from Paige Lucas and Emma Farnsworth.

Hartford hosts Green Mountain Valley on Saturday.

BASEBALL Oxbow 8, Danville 5

BRADFORD, Vt. — Even when they’re the road team, the Olympians (6-0) are most comfortable at home, as their latest win showed.

Playing as the road team in a contest that was supposed to be stated in Danville, Oxbow erased an early 2-0 deficit and scored twice in the sixth and seventh innings to pull away. Cooper Simmons won the game with his bat and arm, delivering the go-ahead double in the sixth and throwing three innings of hitless relief for the win.

Simmons’ RBI double in the sixth plated Jace Page and broke a 4-4 tie; Simmons later scored on a Jackson Schramm ground out. Orin Mahikoa was 3-for-3 with a two-run homer in the third to counter the Indians’ first two runs and later added an RBI double in the O’s two-run seventh.

Oxbow is scheduled to visit Montpelier on Friday. It may find itself in similar situation to Friday on Monday: The O’s are scheduled to visit Thetford, but French said the game may get moved to Oxbow because TA’s field remains unplayable.

ConVal 8, Stevens 7

CLAREMONT — The visiting Cougars scored six of their runs with two outs to hand the Cardinals (2-5) a loss at Barnes Park.

Stevens gave itself a chance by scoring in all but one inning. Derrick Stanhope had a two-run double in the first inning to give the Cards a 2-1 lead and added an RBI sac fly in the third to keep the home team within 5-4. Stanhope also tied the game in the home fifth with an RBI double to plate Alex Taylor, later coming home himself on an error for a 6-6 deadlock.

ConVal (6-1) went ahead to stay with a two-run sixth. Tyler Bonneau tripled and scored on a Taylor grounder in the home seventh; Stevens had runners on second and third with two outs in the seventh but couldn’t get the hit that could have tied or won the contest.

Taylor (two RBIs), Trey Theriault (two runs), Owen Taylor and Cam Macia all had two hits for the Cards, with Macia extending his hit streak to six games in the process.

Stevens visits Windsor on Friday for its fourth game of the week.

New Hampton 10, KUA 3

MERIDEN — The Wildcats dropped to 5-4 on the season with Wednesday’s defeat. They’ll next host St. Paul’s on Friday.

MEN’S TENNIS Dartmouth trio all-Ivy

PRINCETON, N.J. — Three members of the Dartmouth men’s tennis team received postseason awards from the Ivy League, with Charlie Broom, David Horneffer and Dan Martin making the all-league team.

Broom landed first-team all-Ivy in both singles and doubles for the second straight year. Juniro Horneffer joined Broom on the doubles roster. Martin, a sophomore, moved up from second-team singles last year to first-team singles this time around.

All will suit up on Friday when the Big Green meets Michigan in Waco, Texas, in the first round of the NCAA tournament.