GROVETON - The losing skid halted at four in a row for the Groveton girls softball team on Wednesday night when they rapped Pittsburg 19-1 in five innings.
quot;We needed a win and we got it,quot; Eagle coach Tim Haskins said. quot;We had a chance to get the younger girls in there to play some innings. Hillary Andritz was pretty dominate when she was in pitching and Tricia Perras was effective in her two innings.quot;
Neither Groveton pitcher allowed a hit while Andritz struckout the side to start. The pack of Panthers is young and struggling, but they did score a run by using three free passes in a row and a high pitch.
Groveton had already scored 10 runs in its first at-bat by whipping around the order and dropping in six hits with three walks.
Jenn Paquette owned three swinging bunts and Tiffany Wilson drove the ball into the outfield every time she stepped to the plate.
quot;We can turn our record around in a hurry if Andritz can develop control. She throws hard,quot; said Haskins. quot;I'm not sure we've found the right combination of players yet to do the best job.quot;
The Groveton girls head to Profile on Friday afternoon.
Pittsburg 01000 - 1-0-3 Groveton 10027X - 19-17-0
Pittsburg - Clogston and Bissonett; Groveton - Andritz, Perras (4) and Wilson.
WP - Andritz; LP - Clogston
2B - Wilson (G), Bacon (G)
Records: Pittsburg 0-5; Groveton 2-4
Concord 17, Twinfield 6
CONCORD - The Wildcats celebrated Cinco de Mayo with their second victory of the season Wednesday by downing Twinfield 17-6.
Concord pitcher Mindy Morehouse picked up her first career varsity win and added to her own cause with two hits.
Tuesday's contest represented the third for the Wildcats in as many days. Lizzy Johnson rose to the challenge to the tune of 4-for-4 batting, including a triple. Melinda Berry, too, continued her offensive production with an RBI double.
Concord coach Ceylon Morehouse said quot;We jumped out early and got good offense and defense to keep us up. Its been a long week and I'm very pleased that the girls not only survived but picked up a win. Melissa Edwards played a great game at second-base for us, anchoring our strong defensive performance.quot;
The outing ended prematurely in the sixth inning when the Twinfield coach pulled his team off of the field following his own ejection.
The Wildcats will now get a short break before picking up again next Monday in a home double-header against Pittsburg at 3:30 p.m.
Twinfield 111 210 - 6-1-5 Concord 501 317 - 17-10-6
Twinfield - Christianson, Blackburn (6) and Grandini; Concord - Morehouse and Bristol
WP - Morehouse; LP - Christianson
2B - Armburg (C), Berry (C); 3B - Johnson (C)
Records - Concord 2-5
Gorham 4, Profile 3 (8 innings)
BETHLEHEM - Two Class S perennial powers met on Wednesday and it took eight innings for the Gorham Huskies to oust the Patriots of Profile 4-3. Gorham remains undefeated on the season after pushing an unearned run across to end the game.
Profile assistant coach Tina Monroe said, quot;Today's game served as an excellent gauge of where we are in our season. It was important, I think, to show us how we're doing on both mental and physical levels.quot;
Profile's Erin Gigliello fanned five in absorbing the loss and added two hits (with an RBI single) from the plate.
Sarah Dickerman accounted for the remaining two Patriot runs by virtue of her key sixth-inning double that drove home teammates Niki Ramback and Kelly Cunningham. Ramback and Hannah Jenkins finished the afternoon with two hits apiece.
Six errors plagued Profile in the outing. Monroe added, quot;We got of to a slow start in the field and you can't expect both to beat a strong team like Gorham while committing six errors. The important thing, though, is that we maintained our poise and stayed mentally tough. That is an encouraging sign with playoffs in our near future.quot;
The Patriots (5-2) will host Groveton on Friday at 4 p.m.
Gorham 100 200 01 - 4-7-1 Profile 000 003 00 - 3-6-6
Gorham - Gauthier and Tassey; Profile - Gigliello and Girard
WP - Gauthier; LP - Gigliello
2B - Dickerman (P)
Records - Profile 5-2; Gorham 7-0
Concord 14, Twinfield 5
CONCORD - Josh Santy struck out 11 and added an important double as the Wildcats downed Twinfield for their seventh win of the season on Wednesday. The victory was the third in as many days for Concord.
Of the red-hot Wildcats, coach Thom Costello said, quot;We played well and some of the younger guys saw some valuable playing time. Everyone contributed to the win. We're playing well and will enjoy some short time off.quot;
Concord (7-1) will host Pittsburg in a double-header on Monday at 3:30 p.m.
Twinfield 102 020 0 - 5-8-3 Concord 407 201 x - 14-8-2
Twinfield - Bisson, Comi (2), Huntington (3) and Duke, Comi (4); Concord - Santy and Ramsdell
WP - Santy; LP - Bisson
2B - Santy (C), Hale (C); Bisson (T); 3B - Macdonald (T) 2; HR - Bisson (T)
Records - Concord 7-1; Twinfield 1-1
Gorham 12, Profile 1 (5 innings)
BETHLEHEM - The Profile Patriots faced an older, wiser Husky squad from Gorham on Wednesday and dropped the affair in five innings.
Profile coach Jim Payette explained, quot;We've got a lot of younger guys and we're playing well but faced a very experienced team today. Their pitcher was very talented and kind of just got the better of us. We're winding down now on the toughest part of our schedule and hope to pick up some more wins in the second half.quot;
The Patriots (3-4) will travel to Groveton on Friday for a 4 p.m. start.
Gorham 201 45 - 12-8-1 Profile 000 10 - 1-5-2
Gorham - Bartashevich and Brosnan; Profile - Ingerson, Haulk (5) and Larson
WP - Bartashevich; LP - Ingerson
2B - Hemingway (P); 3B - Hawking (P)
Records - Profile 3-4
Groveton 7, Pittsburg 3
GROVETON - The Groveton boys needed a boost after losing three games by a total of four runs. They gave themselves that lift on Wednesday night with a 7-3 victory over Pittsburg.
quot;A big boost for us,quot; Eagle coach Don VanNostrand said. quot;John Platt played strong in the outfield and Miguel Frett had a nice catch at the beginning of the game. We got our bats on the ball for some nice hits and Jean Beland pitched a good game.quot;
Groveton built a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third when Beland lashed a two-run triple to help his cause considerably. Both Beland and Frett had a pair of hits each while Putt Reynolds drilled a triple.
On defense, the Eagles turned a pair of double plays including the one Scott Landers started in the fifth that kept the Panthers from getting away.
quot;We lost to Profile and White Mountains by a run in the 7th and Gorham by two runs,quot; said VanNostrand. quot;Good to get a win.quot;
Groveton will play at Profile on Friday at 4 p.m.
Pittsburg 1000020 - 3-6-5 Groveton 123001X - 7-7-4
Pittsburg - Clogston, McAllister (3), Byrnes (6) and Clark, O'Brien (5). Groveton - Beland and Boivin.
WP - Beland; LP - Clogston
2B - Rancloes (G), Rancourt (P), Platt (G); 3B - Beland (G), Reynolds(G);
Records: Pittsburg 2-3; Groveton 2-4
U-32 14, SJA 6
Erin Tomlinson notched a hat trick for the Hilltoppers in their losing effort to the visiting U-32 Raiders on Wednesday. SJA crept to within three goals of a tie early in the second half before U-32 pulled away with a late-game surge.
Ocirc;Topper coach Don Gibbs said, quot;We finished the first half well and were strong at the start of the second. The girls hustled the whole time and just ran out of steam late in the game.quot;
Offensive standout Jenny Schultz scored six goals and added an assist for the Raiders in the win.
Sam Marshall picked up the loss in net for SJA but stopped 22 shots in a strong defensive effort. Her U-32 counterpart, Kym MacKay, turned back 12.
Allison Schoolcraft, Sheryl Jang and Lindsey Fahey each scored a goal for the Hilltoppers. Karena Thurston and Katy Goodrich distributed assists for SJA.
Gibbs added, quot;We pulled off a pick and roll today af
'm very pleased that we never gave up. We showed a lot of character in our comebacks and it was a total team effort from start to finish.quot;
Wright finished by noting, quot;The one thing that really hurt us was that we went 1-for-18 with runners in scoring position. We obviously needed to be more timely with our bats but it was an outstanding game for everyone with a tremendous amount of excitement. I'm just marginally disappointed in the outcome.quot;
SJA will travel to NCU on Saturday for an 11 a.m. matchup.
Lamoille 7, SJA 6 (13 inning)
LHS 200 000 011 100 2 - 7-11-3 SJA 001 001 011 100 1 - 6-12-1
LHS - Locke, Mann (8), Thomas (9) and Roy; SJA - Christy, Spina (10), Knight (11) and Lavely
WP - Thomas; LP - Knight
2B - Thomas (L), Aithe (L); Goyett (S), Smith (S); HR - Martel (L)
Records - SJA 5-3; Lamoille 7-1
BMU 11, S. Royalton 1
WELLS RIVER - Justin Bryer and Tim Ross were both perfect from the plate and combined for nine RBIs to lead the Blue Mountain Union Bucks over the Royals of South Royalton on Thursday. Bryer finished the contest with 4 RBIs and 3 runs scored on 3-for-3 batting, while Ross drove in 5 runs on 3 hits.
From the top of the lineup, Jason Zampieri added two hits to the winning effort. Jon Murray fanned eight and scattered five in collecting his second win in as many tries.
BMU will host Danville in a Saturday double-header starting at 9 a.m.
SRHS 010 00 - 1-5-1 BMU 430 40 - 11-12-1
SRHS - Livingston, Crawford (3), Karon (4) and Wood, Livingston (3); BMU - Murray and Kendall
WP - Murray; LP - Livingston
2B - Bryer (B), Ross (B); 3B - Ross (B); Calabro (S)
Records - BMU 6-3; SRHS 4-5
LI 3, Northfield 1
NORTHFIELD - The Lyndon Institute baseball team downed Northfield Thursday, 3-1.
The Vikings tied the game up in the fifth inning, when John Badger was walked. He moved over to second on a passed ball and moved over to third on a Marauders error. Badger came into score on a dropped third strike.
The Institute took the lead in the sixth inning, when they got two runs, with the help of Badger, Josh Berman and Neil Lefebvre.
Berman led the Vikings offense with a 2-for-3 performance at the dish.
Kyle Day, who came into relief Jeremy Wheeler in the fifth inning recorded the win.
LI (5-4) hosts Randolph on Saturday for a doubleheader at 11 a.m.
LI 000 012 0 - 4-3-3 Northfield 001 000 0 - 5-1-3
LI - Wheeler, Day (5) and Berman
Northfield - Fleurrey, Spalding (6) and Donahue
WP - Day LP - Fleurrey
2B - Brickey (N)
Records: LI 5-4; Northfield 4-2
South Royalton 15, BMU 6
WELLS RIVER - An eight-run fifth inning made the difference as the Blue Mountain Union Bucks dropped one to the visiting South Royalton Royals on Thursday. Playing against the 8-1 Division III powerhouse, BMU kept the game tied until the fateful fifth.
Bucks coach Glenn Hatch said, quot;We just couldn't throw strikes in the fifth and we gave up some walks. They capitalized with some timely hits and they just got away from us. That type of slump is just not characteristic of our staff and on another day, things might have gone differently.quot;
The Bucks roared into the contest with two first-inning home runs; one each by MaryEllen Johns and Amanda Longmoore.
Longmoore added a triple to the stat sheet while Johns ended the afternoon going 3-for-4. Teammate Carrie Burroughs chipped in with a double on behalf of BMU.
Hatch pointed out that, quot;We are now at .500 after having played just two teams in our own division (IV). I'm tickled that the kids are playing so well and that we are jelling as a team. The defense is playing better and we've started connecting at the plate. Off we go.quot;
The Bucks will travel to Williamstown on Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m. start.
SRHS 310 082 1 - 15-12-1 BMU 202 011 0 - 6-10-1
SRHS - Howe and Impy; BMU - Dyer, Johns (5) and Daniels, Tanner (6)
WP - Howe; LP - Johns
2B - Burroughs (B); 3B - Longmoore (B); HR - Longmoore (B), Johns (B); Chambers (S)
Records - BMU 5-5; SRHS
Lamoille 13, SJA 8
Extenuating circumstances immediately prior to the start of Thursday's game made it necessary for the Hilltoppers to implement personnel changes and to adjust their roster accordingly. The repercussions were disastrous as SJA committed 10 errors and gave up 13 subsequent unearned runs in the contest's first three frames.
Although the 'Toppers maintained their composure and mounted a mid-game comeback, their deficit was insurmountable and they lost to the Lancers 13-8.
The Academy rallied in the fourth where they strung together seven of their eight overall hits. They scored six runs in the inning.
Ocirc;Topper assistant coach Mark Choiniere said, quot;The infield adjustment really threw us off our game early on. They got too far ahead and our comeback fell short. We want to get past our losses and start playing the game the way we're capable.quot;
As though fielding two different teams in the first three versus the final four innings, SJA held the Lancers scoreless after the third. Kelly Colgrove picked up the loss for SJA but went 2-for-3 from the plate to anchor the offense.
The Academy will look to turn things around on Saturday when they travel to North Country for an 11 a.m. game.
Lamoille 427 000 0 - 13-8-4 SJA 100 600 1 - 8-8-10
Lamoille - Roy and Cook; SJA - Colgrove and Terrill
WP - Roy; LP - Colgrove
Records - SJA 5-3; Lamoille 6-2
Milton 3, NCU 0
MILTON - The North Country Union Falcons gave up three unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth on their way to a 3-0 loss to the Milton Hornets on Thursday. After a strong start, North Country now finds itself in a bit of a slump, having recorded 11 errors and just four hits in their previous two outings.
Three errors were to blame for the fifth inning Falcon struggle against Milton.
Though she has given up zero earned runs in two games, pitcher Karen Cutting finds herself having picked up losses in each of her last two performances.
Said NCU coach Reg Shafesaid, quot;With our stats over the last couple of games, we can't expect to win too many. We haven't seen blowout scores by any means but we have to stop giving runs away. On the positive side, we made better contact with the ball in today's game. They just made the plays to keep us off the base path.quot;
Normally an offensive force, the Falcons managed just two base hits in the losing effort. Whitney Morin led the charge with a double. Milton walked no one from the mound.
The Falcons will be looking to avenge an earlier season loss to SJA on Saturday. The game begins at NCU at 11 a.m.
NCU 000 000 0 - 0-2-5 Milton 000 030 x - 3-4-1
NCU - Baker, Cutting (3) and Gyles; Milton - Maguire and Wasielewski
WP - Maguire; LP - Cutting
2B - Morin (N)
Records - NCU 5-3
Peoples Academy 3 Danville 2
DANVILLE - Peoples Academy tallied three runs in the top of the seventh inning to defeat Danville in Thursday, 3-2.
It was a pitchers duel with both hurlers tossing one-hitters.
The Indians tallied individual runs in the first and third innings.
Sophomore Heather Chamberlain absorbed the loss in the circle for Danville.
Indians coach Paul Remick said, quot;The girls came out and played a real nice game. Our defense played exceptionally well today.quot;
Danville (3-4) plays at Stowe on Monday at 4 p.m.
Peoples - 000 000 3 -1-0-2 Danville -101 000 0 - 1-3-0
Peoples - Cochran and Surgeon
Danville - Chamberlan and Riendeau
WP - Cochran; LP - Chamberlan
Record: Danville 3-4
LI (177), Harwood (106), Rice (50), Winooski (19), Lamoille (8)
MORETOWN, Vt. - The LI boys' track team picked up its third victory of the season, Thursday, as they steamrolled over Harwood, Rice, Winooski, and Lamoille.
The action took place at Harwood Union High School.
Jason Wimbiscus, the Vikings' hurdling and high jumping ace, won the 100-meter hurdles in 17.5 and the high jump at 5'10quot;.
Lyndon speed merchants Corey Richardson, Mike Strzempko, Ryan McDonald and Billy Chamberlin scorched the lanes in the 4x100 relay race to find victory for the Vikings in 46.1.
Mike Strzempko also bolted to victory in the 800-meter run in 2:09. LI's David Noyes won the triple jump in 38'11 3/4quot;.
The Vikings ruled the horizon above the high jump bar as Jason Wimbiscus, his brother Nathan Wimbiscus and Dan Wheeler went 1-2-3 in the high jump event for an LI sweep.
LI's Ryan McDonald was speed personified as he smoked to victory in the 200-meter dash in 24.1.
The Vikings' scoring barrage continued as they swept the long jump event with Billy Chamberlin 1st, Noyes 2nd and McDonald 3rd.
LI's T.J. Tanner, meanwhile, won the shot put with a throw of 41'9quot;.
The Vikings will travel to East Montpelier on Tuesday to compete in a meet at U-32 at 3:30 p.m.
4x800 - Harwood 9:20; 2. Lyndon; 3. Rice
100m Hurdles - 1.Jason Wimbiscus LI 17.5; 2. Gerhardt R; 3. Harrisobn H
1500M - 1. White H 4:36; 2. Rivers H; 3. Paul Carter LI.
4x100M - 1. Lyndon 46.1 (Richardson, Strzempko, McDonald, Chamberlin); 2. Harwood
400M - 1. Doty H 53.6; 2. Richardson LI; 3. Cromack R.
Pole Vault - 1.Farr H 10'6quot;; 2. Smith LI;
300M Hurdles - 1. Abrami R 45.6; 2. Nathan Wimbiscus LI; 3. Jason Wimbiscus LI
Long Jump - 1. Billy Chamberlin LI 18'7quot;; 2. David Noyes; 3. Ryan McDonald.
Shot Put - 1. T.J. Tanner LI 41'9quot;; 2. Lavanaway H; 3. Boucher W.
800M - 1. Mike Strzempko LI 2:09; 2. White H; 3. Doty H.
High Jump - 1. Jason Wimbiscus LI 5'10quot;; 2. Nathan Wimbiscus LI; 3. Dan Wheeler LI.
Discus - 1. Boucher W 113'0quot;; 2. Bryan Allard LI; 3. Lavanaway H.
100M - 1. Ryan McDonald LI 11.4; 2. Chamberlin LI; 3. Richardson LI.
3000M - 1. Rivers H 11:27.49; 2. Anders Krauss LI; 3. Poulin LAM
200M - 1. Ryan McDoanld LI 24.1; 2. Abrami R; 3. Frohock R.
Triple Jump - 1. David Noyes LI 38'11 3/4quot;; 2. Mastrolia R; 3. Chamberlin LI.
Javelin - 1. Lavanaway H 159'6quot;; 2. Noyes LI; 3. Welch LI.
4 x400 - 1. Lyndon 3:50 (Richardson, D. Strzempko, Carter, M. Strzempko) 2. Harwood; 3. Rice.
SJA 6, Montpelier 1
The Hilltopper girls breezed over Montpelier winning six of their seven matches, Thursday.
The Academy doubles teams had an easy time pulling off the wins with two near perfect matches.
The team of Sara Keach and Amanda Ingram had a perfect match, downing their opponents, 6-0 in both sets.
St. Johnsbury's second double team of Mandy Mallon and Ji-Hye Lee had a great game breezing through with wins of, 6-2 and 6-0.
Kendra Rapoza, who played her entire match with a sparined ankle suffered the only loss, but was able to keep the score close.
St. Johnsbury coach Page Crosby was pleased with her team's performance. quot;The team has a lot of heart and a lot of depth.quot;
The Hilltopper's (3-0) play at Harwood on Friday at 3:30 p.m.
No.1 - Pratt (SJA) defeated Dougleat, 7-5, 6-1
No. 2 - Teraki (M) defeated Rapoza, 7-5, 6-2
No. 3 - Inoue (SJA) defeated Ranganz, 6-1, 6-0
No. 4 - Yamada (SJA) defeaated Fiores, 6-0, 6-0
No. 5 - Carpenter (SJA) defeated Aterman, 6-1, 6-0
No. 1 - Keach, Ingram (SJA) defeated Miller, Nelson, 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 - Mallon, Lee (SJA) defeated Stad, Palic, 6-2, 6-0.