Local roundup: Thetford ends WRV baseball’s 39-game winning streak

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Published: 4/27/2022 8:29:46 AM
Modified: 4/27/2022 8:32:12 AM

THETFORD — The record books will show it was the Thetford Academy baseball team which finally handed White River Valley a loss. The Panthers took down the visiting Wildcats, 7-2, on Tuesday afternoon to hand WRV its first loss in program history.

WRV had been 39-0 in two-plus seasons as a program, including a march to the VPA Division IV state championship last season. Thetford was a finalist in D-III a year ago and returns the majority of that team this year with another deep playoff run in its sights.

The Panthers scored five runs in the second inning to take control in this one. A pair of walks and RBI singles by Jacob Gilman, Mitchell Parkman and Boone Fahey did the damage in the five-run rally. Parkman finished with two hits and two runs scored. Mack Briglin added two hits and a RBI. Ryan Malloy had a two-run double and Nolan Pepe a RBI single.

Boone Fahey pitched the first four innings in his first varsity start and picked up the win, striking out seven. Gilman tossed two innings of relief, striking out two while allowing a run. Ethan Marshia came on for the seventh, walking three and allowing a run while fanning two.

“It feels good to walk away with a victory today. WRV is a quality, well-coached team,” Thetford coach Phil Chaput said. “We played a great game today with effective pitching, timely hitting and we were error-free. This is a total team victory.”

Austin Tracy was 3-for-3 for WRV. Dominic Craven and Mason Gauthier each had doubles. Craven tossed a complete game, striking out four.

Thetford (2-1) hosts Lake Region on Tuesday. White River Valley (4-1) looks to regain its winning ways at home against Mill River on Thursday.

Hartford 9, Mount Mansfield 6

JERICHO, Vt. — The Hurricanes picked up their first win of the season behind some strong pitching by Colin Vielleux and a pair of big innings offensively.

Vielleux scattered 10 hits over seven innings pitched, striking out five to pick up the win. Hartford scored three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings with Nate Clark, Matt Hayes and Ethan Jacobsen all collecting RBI singles in the fifth to help the Canes pull in front for good. Hayes also had a big part in the fourth with a RBI sacrifice fly.

“We were still bitten by errors, committing four, but we were able to overcome those and have some very good innings at the plate,” Hartford coach Bill Vielleux said.

The Canes (1-2) host U-32 for their home opener on Thursday.

Bellows Falls 9, Windsor 6

WINDSOR — The Yellowjackets fall to 1-3 with the loss to the rival Terriers.

Trevor Lagrow had two hits for Windsor and Adam Dufour reached base on a pair of walks. Dalton Clifford had two RBIs. Johnny Clark pitched the first five innings, striking out seven. Lee Bevis went two in relief, fanning one.

Windsor visits Brattleboro on Thursday.

Springfield 9, Woodstock 3

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — The Cosmos dropped the Wasps to 1-1.

Starting pitcher Jackson Martin had two hits and scored a run for Woodstock. Martin went the first four innings, striking out six while allowing three earned runs. Vincent Petrone added a RBI double.

Woodstock visits Leland & Gray on Thursday.

SoftballOxbow 6, U-32 5

BRADFORD, Vt. — Hadlee Allen slugged a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to send the host Olympians home happy.

U-32 scored three runs in the sixth inning to help knot the score only to set the table for Allen’s heroics an inning later. Allen had keyed a rally in the second inning with a RBI double and finished 3-for-4.

Anastase Bourgeois pitched a perfect seventh inning for the win, striking out two. Brianna Gray went the first six innings, allowing five runs on five hits with six strikeouts. Taylor Bean added two hits for Oxbow.

The Olympians (2-1) host Lake Region on Thursday.

Hartford 17, Mount Mansfield 6

JERICHO, Vt. — Logan Evans was 5-for-5 with a pair of doubles to lead an explosive Hurricanes attack at Mount Mansfield.

Pitcher Marina Grassi tossed the final 4 ⅓ innings, striking out seven, while also going 3-for-5 to chip in on the offensive side. Maddi Willey was also 3-for-5, including a 3-run triple where she scored on an error for a fourth run. Harper Robinson had two doubles and two singles. Paige Vielleux added a double and a single. Hailie Defablis had a pair of singles.

Morgan Curtis pitched the first 1 ⅔ innings for Hartford before switching to second base for the first time in her career, where she held her own six putouts.

The Canes (1-2) will host U-32 on Friday.

Windsor 13, Bellows Falls 6

WESTMINSTER, Vt. — Peyton Richardson had 11 strikeouts to pick up the win for the Yellowjackets (2-2) over the Terriers.

Karen Kapuscinski led the attack at the plate, going 3-for-4 with five RBIs for Windsor. Meagan Hilling provided the glovework at shortstop with a pair of diving catches for outs.

“I’m really proud of these girls. We lost a couple opportunities for outs, but we were able to make the adjustments necessary both in the field and at the plate for a great win,” Windsor coach Kelsey Mason said.

The Jacks will visit Brattleboro on Thursday.

Thetford 31, White River Valley 14 (5)

THETFORD — The Panthers (2-0) outpaced the visiting Wildcats (0-3).

Eiea Morgan had two hits and drove in four to lead Thetford. Kelsey Bogie and Madi Mousley each had two hits and three RBIs.

Both teams return to action on Thursday when the Panthers host Peoples and WRV visits Otter Valley.

Boys LacrosseRice 7, Hartford 4

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The host Hurricanes (3-1) received two goals from Joseph Barwood and single tallies from Ryan Spaulding and Ezra Mock but struggled with turnovers at crucial times. 

Mock and Chris Pierce also produced single assists during the Vermont Division II contest. Hartford hosts Harwood, the defending division state champion, on Thursday night.

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