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Local roundup: Oxbow softball gears up for playoff push

Staff Reports
Published: 5/27/2022 8:40:29 AM
Modified: 5/27/2022 5:24:12 PM

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Oxbow High softball team got a taste of a playoff-like battle with visiting Spaulding on Thursday afternoon, picking up a 2-1 win over the Crimson Tide to improve to 11-3 on the season.

Anastase Bourgeois tossed another gem for the Olympians, striking out eight to outlast Spaulding in a classic pitchers’ duel. Bourgeois also did it at the dish, going 2-for-3.

Spaulding took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, and Oxbow didn’t equalize until the fourth on a RBI groundout by Taylor Bean. The Olympians then took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth when Brianna Gray drew a walk before coming around to score the go-ahead run.

The O’s did the little things needed to win a low-scoring battle, stealing six bases to keep the pressure on with hits hard to come by. Lily Lahaye led the way with two steals.

“This was a good test for us going into playoff season,” Oxbow coach Chuck Simmons said. “These girls are fighters and never gave up. We had great defense (behind Bourgeois). We capped off senior night with a win, and I’m very proud of the team’s heart.”

Oxbow has now won seven straight and looks to make it eight in the regular season finale at Lake Region on Friday.

Otter Valley 16, Hartford 7

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hurricanes were undone by errors on defense while the Otters picked up timely hits to make Hartford pay.

Marina Grassi pitched for Hartford, striking out nine. Hailie Defabiis had two hits and a walk. Becca Keelty was 3-for-4 and reached base on an error. Harper Robinson, Paige Vielleux and Bella Murphy each added two hits.

The Canes (8-6) play two on Saturday to close the regular season, a twinbill against Burr & Burton at 11 a.m. and Windsor at 7 p.m.

Fair Haven 17, Windsor 6

WINDSOR — The Yellowjackets fell to 3-11 with the loss against Fair Haven.

Peyton Richardson had two hits and two RBIs for Windsor. Sydney Perry and Meagan Holling each had hits.

The Jacks will close the regular season at Hartford on Saturday night.

Baseball Hartford 5, Otter Valley 2 (8)

BRANDON, Vt. — The Hurricanes strung together five hits in the eighth inning to pull in front of the Otters and secure their second straight SVL conference title.

Zach Johnson pitched the first 7⅓ innings for Hartford, allowing just two hits and two runs (one earned) while striking out 11. Tommy Mangieri came in for the save, picking up two outs on just four pitches.

Colin Vielleux was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and two RBIs for the Canes. Drew Martin had two singles, walked and drove in two. Joey Beggs was on base three times with a pair of hits and a walk.

Hartford has now won four straight games to even its record at 7-7. The Canes look to get over .500 in the regular season closer at Burr & Burton on Saturday.

Windsor 3, Fair Haven 2

WINDSOR — The Yellowjackets scored the go-ahead run in the fifth and held on to beat the Slaters in a low-scoring battle.

Johnny Clark was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI for Windsor. Clark also pitched four strong innings of relief, striking out six while allowing two hits and no runs. Lee Bevis tossed the first three innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out two.

Charles Palmer was 2-for-3 with a RBI and Dalton Clifford had a hit, walked twice and drove in the other Windsor run. Adam Dufour and Maison Fortin each had singles and stole a pair of bases.

Windsor hosts Woodstock on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Woodstock 9, Leland & Gray 2

WOODSTOCK — The Wasps (6-7) scored single runs in the second and third innings before breaking things open with an eight-run fourth.

Sophomore Jackson Martin went the distance on the mound for Woodstock, allowing five hits and one walk and striking out eight. Senior Chase Conway had two hits and scored twice and fellow senior Alex Rice reached base three times and also scored two runs.

“We needed to not only win today, we needed to make a statement, just for our own sake,” said Woodstock head coach Jason Tarleton, whose team snapped a four-game losing streak. “We overcame a mistake here and there, but it was really a non-issue with Jackson pitching as well as he did. He was so efficient.”

The Wasps close out the regular season at Windsor on Saturday.

Rivendell 13, Proctor 3

ORFORD — The Raptors (7-5) broke the game open with seven runs in the fourth inning to pull away from the Phantoms.

Freshman Rowan Halsey-Leckerling pitched five strong innings for Rivendell, allowing two hits and striking out three. Sophomore Luke Avery had two hits and drove in three runs, and junior Josh Gould was 1-for-2 with three runs scored.

“Rowan got stronger as the game progressed,” Raptors head coach Eric Reichert said. “He threw a lot of strikes and settled into a quick, efficient rhythm. The defense was outstanding behind him.”

Rivendell closes the regular season Saturday at Arlington.

U-32 6, Thetford 5 (8)

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Panthers rallied from a four-run hole to force extra innings but then lost on an error in the bottom of the eighth, allowing U-32 to walk off with the win.

The Panthers scored two runs in the fifth and two in the top of the seventh to turn a 4-0 deficit into a 4-4 tie. The Panthers added a run in the top of the eighth before U-32 scored a pair in the bottom of the frame on the costly Thetford error.

Ethan Marshia pitched four innings to start for Thetford, allowing four runs (one earned) while fanning three. Mack Briglin tossed three innings, striking out two while allowing no runs.

Marshia helped his own cause at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a triple, a run scored and one RBI. Mitchell Parkman had two hits and scored two runs. Dempsey McGovern doubled and scored once.

Thetford (9-4) will now regroup for the VPA Division III playoffs starting next week.

Boys Tennis Hanover 9, Keene 0

HANOVER — The Bears (15-0) made quick work of Keene in the quarterfinals of the NHIAA Division I playoffs.

Evan Yang and Alex Rockmore each had 8-1 wins in singles to get things started. Kevin Pillsbury (8-2), Charlie Birkmeyer (8-3), Zach Pearson (8-0) and Sam Ames (8-0) also won their singles matches.

Yang and Rockmore then pitched a shutout, 8-0, in the top doubles match. Pillsbury/Ames (8-3) and Birkmeyer/Pearson (8-1) also had doubles wins.

“Our players were able to dominate on all courts today as we played a very high level of tennis against a quality opponent,” Hanover coach Jarrod Shaheen said.

Top-seeded Hanover will host Derryfield at home on Monday in the semifinals.

Lebanon 7, Kennett 2

LEBANON — Second-seeded Lebanon swept the doubles matches to earn a quarterfinal win over Kennett in the NHIAA Division II playoffs.

Mason and Nolan Arado each won, 8-0, in dominant singles matches. Finn Ericson (8-1) and Lavi Halwawala (8-3) also won in singles. Baden Schifferdecker (8-5) and Will Katz (8-4) each had competitive losses in their singles contests.

The Arados concluded an unblemished day with an 8-0 win in doubles. Schifferdecker/Katz got back on the winning side, 8-5, in their doubles contest. Kyle Hines/Seth Carl added an 8-2 win at No. 3 doubles.

No. 2 seed Lebanon will host No. 3 Bow on Monday at 4 p.m. in a semifinal clash.

Girls Lacrosse Gilford 16, Lebanon 6

GILFORD, N.H. — Molly Smith had a goal and three assists, but Lebanon (9-5) fell at Gilford in its regular-season finale.

Kayla Taber added a goal and an assist for the Raiders. Cassidy Adams, Ella Longacre and Catherine Cole each scored once. Madison Jewell and Molly Jane Schutzius had assists. Goalie Drew Kantor had 16 saves.

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