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Local roundup: Thetford baseball comes from behind to win playoff opener

Staff Reports
Published: 6/2/2022 7:38:38 AM
Modified: 6/2/2022 4:49:51 PM

THETFORD — The No. 4-seeded Thetford Academy baseball team was briefly on the ropes in its playoff opener against 13th-seeded Northfield, trailing by four runs in the fourth inning after the visiting Marauders plated five in the top of the frame.

The Panthers (10-4) responded by scoring five runs of their own in the bottom half, then added four more in their final two at-bats to win, 12-7, and advance to the VPA Division III quarterfinals.

Junior second baseman Nolan Pepe was 4-for-4, scoring three runs and hitting a two-run single during that big fourth inning. Senior Mack Briglin followed that hit with a two-run double down the left-field line that gave Thetford the lead for good.

Briglin also got the win in relief, allowing just one run on four hits in four innings of work. He walked two and struck out four.

“We’re pretty good this year about bouncing back after those types of innings,” Panthers head coach Philip Chaput said. “Everybody had a little bit of confidence. It was the third time we saw that (pitcher). Nolan and Mack had some really big hits for us today.”

Senior Ethan Marshia got the start for Thetford, working into the fourth before giving way to freshman Zander Clark and then Briglin. The Panthers will host either No. 5 seed Green Mountain or No. 12 Leland & Gray in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Softball Otter Valley 13, Woodstock 1 (5)

BRANDON, Vt. — The Otters’ Riley Keith had a strong performance in the circle in a five-inning VPA Division II first-round contest.

Sixth-seeded Otter Valley was ahead, 5-1, after two innings and added five more runs in the third. Woodstock, the 11th seed, went hitless but scored a run in the top of the third on throwing errors by the Otters.

Woodstock finished the year at 6-6 and will graduate Megan Tarleton.

BFA-Fairfax 14, White River Valley 2

FAIRFAX, Vt. — The Wildcats could not keep pace with the Bullets in a VPA Division III first-round game.

For WRV, Tanner Drury had two hits and scored once, and Isabelle Ashley also had two hits.

White River Valley finished the year at 1-16 and will lose Julia Morse and Isabelle Durkee to graduation.

Girls Lacrosse Hanover 19, Pembroke 4

HANOVER — Caroline Adams had six goals and four assists as Hanover easily handled the seventh-seeded Spartans in the NHIAA Division II quarterfinal match.

Also scoring for Hanover were Lia Naughton (four goals, two assists), Emily Perras (4-1), Kali McDonnell (3-2) and Maeve Lee (2-3).

The second-seeded Bears will next face the No. 3 seed, Hollis-Brookline in the semifinals on Saturday.

Gilford 17, Lebanon 6

GILFORD, N.H. — The Raiders kept it close and were down, 5-4, after the first half of the NHIAA Division III quarterfinal game but could not keep the momentum going after the break against the No. 3 seed.

“We had a great first half,” Lebanon Coach Sara Ecker said. “We played solid team defense. We were fighting hard on the draws, and our offense was being patient and finding good shots off great assists.”

The second half was a different story. “We came out a little flat in the second half and dug a hole that we just couldn’t get out of on the scoreboard or mentally,” Ecker said.

For sixth-seeded Lebanon, Kayla Taber had three goals and an assist, Molly Smith added one goal and one assist, Ella Longacre and Catherine Cole had a goal each and Clara Smyrzki contributed two assists. Drew Kantor and Bailie Mako combined for seven saves.

“We lose an incredible group of seniors who I have had the absolute honor to coach,” Ecker said.

Lebanon finished the year at 9-6 and will graduate Kayla Taber, Sydney Zagarola, Cassidy Adams, Catherine Cole, Ella Longacre, Molly Smith, Anna Illsley, Amalia Hickey, Clara Smyrski, Paige Susco, Lauren Keefe, Claire Thibodeau, Baillie Mako and Molly Jane Schutzius.

Boys Tennis Middlebury 6, Hartford 1

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Andre Damiani de Souza won the sole point for Hartford in a three-set singles match.

The Hurricanes graduate Ezra Avery, Ethan Michaels and de Souza.

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