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D-III baseball: @BFA-Fairfax uses small ball, pitching to deny White River Valley
06-17-2024 2:55 AM

By BEN HOOKE

BURLINGTON — In White River Valley’s magical three-week run to reach the VPA Division III baseball state championship game, a lot of things broke the Wildcats’ way. Ground balls found gaps they shouldn’t have, opposing ace pitchers struggled with...

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Hartford baseball stopped in extra innings
06-12-2024 3:15 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Middlebury Tigers used some timely hitting and took advantage of Hartford miscues to defeat the Hurricanes in Tuesday’s VPA Division II baseball semifinal game at Maxfield Sports Complex.The Hurricanes had a golden...


Division IV baseball: Fearless Rivendell falls short
06-11-2024 5:00 PM

By BEN HOOKE

ORFORD — After his Rivendell Academy baseball team broke its post-game huddle, coach Eric Reichert offered each of his five seniors a handshake and then a hug.It was recognition for a group of players who brought his team further than it had ever been...


D-III baseball semifinals: White River Valley tips TA, returns to finals
06-11-2024 4:01 PM

By TRIS WYKES

THETFORD — If the White River Valley High baseball team was going to lose in Monday’s VPA Division III semifinals, timidity wouldn’t be a cause. Of that, Wildcats coach Devin Cilley was certain.Tied during the seventh inning and not wanting to hand...


Miscues doom O’s baseball
06-05-2024 7:31 PM

By TRIS WYKES

BRADFORD, Vt. — A large piece of farm machinery rumbled several hundred yards behind the right-field baseball fence at Oxbow High on Tuesday, upturning the earth and sending clouds of dust drifting in its wake. On the diamond, the Olympians’ hopes for...


Bears bow out to Bow; Grainger wraps up 8-year tenure
06-02-2024 7:42 PM

By TRIS WYKES

BOW, N.H. — Hanover High baseball coach John Grainger elected to keep his sunglasses on for a family photo after Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Bow in the NHIAA Division II playoff quarterfinals. There might have been a few tears under the tinted lenses, the...


Raiders baseball moves on behind Brandis’ strong pitching performance
06-01-2024 5:01 PM

By TRIS WYKES

LEBANON — If Declan Brandis made his final pitching start for Lebanon High on Thursday, he went out in fine form.The junior righthander allowed seven hits and one earned run while striking out one batter and walking one during a 3-1 defeat of Pelham...


Royals taking steps to make baseball more viable for future
05-24-2024 4:16 PM

By TRIS WYKES

WEST CANAAN — There are plans to raise the necessary funds for scoreboards at the Mascoma High baseball and softball fields. The Royals have played those sports for decades without all spectators being sure of who’s winning at what stage of a...


Raptors baseball breaks long slide vs. Wildcats
05-19-2024 7:12 PM

By BEN HOOKE

SOUTH ROYALTON — Rivendell Academy baseball coach Eric Reichert has been coming to the diamond in South Royalton for close to 40 years since his early days coaching summer ball in the 1980s.The nine-year wait his Rivendell team had to beat White River...


Late-inning hits fuel Wasp win over Windsor
05-17-2024 4:01 PM

By BEN HOOKE

WINDSOR — When asked what went well for his team in their 27-5 thrashing of the Windsor Yellowjackets, Woodstock baseball coach Jason Tarleton kept his answer simple: hitting.The Wasps jumped all over the outmatched Jacks, sending 57 batters to the...


Miscues overwhelm Hurricanes baseball in Tuesday night contest
05-15-2024 4:31 PM

By BEN HOOKE

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — If the Hartford Hurricanes want to make a deep run in the upcoming VPA Division II baseball playoffs, they can scarcely afford more performances like Tuesday night’s. The Hurricanes battled well at the plate against Brattleboro...


WRV baseball prevails on an off day
05-12-2024 4:52 PM

By TRIS WYKES

SOUTH ROYALTON — Had Friday’s baseball game between White River Valley High and Leland & Gray gone into extra innings, the path paced by Wildcats coach Devin Cilley in front of the home dugout might have become a trench.Back and forth walked the...


Young Oxbow baseball team struggles, but coach still finds joy in teaching the game
05-08-2024 5:02 PM

By TRIS WYKES

BRADFORD, Vt. — Oxbow High’s baseball scoreboard remained aglow half an hour after Tuesday’s game with U-32. Not that the Olympians needed a lengthy reminder of the loss or its 22-6 denouement.Oxbow is 1-6 and has been outscored 91-36 this season....


Stevens, Newport baseball split high-scoring games
05-03-2024 5:31 PM

By TRIS WYKES

NEWPORT — Newport High baseball coach Matthew Robbins is often on the job by 3:30 a.m. at his manufacturing employer and works as a locksmith on the side. The Tigers’ boss somehow survives on four or five hours of sleep per night during the...


Lebanon has chances but still can’t solve Hanover baseball mystery
04-28-2024 6:26 PM

By TRIS WYKES

LEBANON — Lebanon High baseball coach Chauncey Wood stood on the first-base line on Friday afternoon, arms akimbo and staring into center field as if the answer to his team’s 7-5 loss to Hanover was hidden somewhere in the distant grass.The Raiders,...


Pick a sport and Pete DePalo’s has probably officiated it over the past 40-plus years
04-22-2024 5:01 PM

By TRIS WYKES

Pete DePalo spent his first 15 years living on Coney Island in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, home of America’s first large-scale amusement park. His family moved to the Upper Valley and his life since has been filled with games.Soccer games....


Pitching in
04-19-2024 3:52 PM


Windsor baseball’s annual gauntlet begins with Hartford defeat
04-16-2024 6:09 PM

By TRIS WYKES

WINDSOR — How does Windsor High baseball coach Jamie Richardson keep his players emotionally afloat as they face their notoriously tough schedule each spring? “There are a lot of hugs and back rubs,” the veteran bench boss said.It worked last season,...


A Life: Chuck Hunnewell ‘was an intense competitor but a real gentleman’
04-06-2024 5:17 PM

By TRIS WYKES

LEBANON — A quick trip to the store wasn’t often possible with Chuck Hunnewell.Ubiquitous on the Upper Valley sports scene for more than 30 years, the longtime teacher and coach would be waylaid in Rich’s Department Store or Johnson’s Home Center on...


Nighthawks Notebook: Time running short on playoff hopes
07-25-2023 9:44 PM

By BENJAMIN ROSENBERG

MONTPELIER — Time is running out on the Upper Valley Nighthawks.Monday afternoon’s 5-4, seven-inning loss to the Vermont Mountaineers at Recreation Field was the Nighthawks’ 13th defeat in their last 16 games, and it was a loss that, had Upper Valley...


Lebanon Legion baseball eliminated from state tournament
07-25-2023 10:49 AM

NASHUA — The Lebanon Post 22 senior American Legion baseball team ended its season Sunday with a 9-3 loss to Concord Post 2 in the double-elimination state tournament at Holman Stadium.Lebanon trailed, 1-0, after an inning but forged a 1-1 tie through...

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