BETHLEHEM - Warren Houck picked up his first varsity win by hurling a four hitter, as Profile ousted Orford, 11-1 on Monday. Houck finished the game with five strikeouts, while walking only one.
Offensively the Patriots had 11 hits on the day. Ryan Larson led the way for Profile at the plate with two singles and a home run. Justin Stroop and Eric Ronca added two hits apiece while Joey Sveda and Nate Hawking connected for a double each.
Profile coach Jim Payette said, quot;We are playing some good baseball and are looking forward to the challenge of playing Gorham and Lisbon to end the season. When we play to our potential anything can happen and the team is really playing as a cohesive unit right now. In our last outings we've gotten quality pitching and our bats have come alive. In the field we have kept our errors to a minimum and have backed up our pitchers well.quot;
The Patriots (8-5) will travel to Stratford on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. game.
Orford 000 01 - 1-4-3
Profile 410 51 - 11-11-1
Orford - Prekol, O'Brien (5) and King; Profile - Haulk and Haynes
WP - Haulk; LP - Prekol
2B - Sveda (P), Hawking (P); HR - Larson (P)
Records - Profile 8-5
Profile 24, Orford 1
BETHLEHEM - The Patriots made short work of Orford on Monday, connecting for 22 hits and scoring 24 runs in five innings.
Tanya Reardon and April Teehan led the way for Profile with four hits apiece.
Erin Gigliello (7-2) and Niki Ramback (4-0) combined for a masterful performance from the mound to hold the Wildcats at bay. Gigliello struck out seven and walked none over the course of four innings while Ramback fanned four and no-hit Orford in relief.
and Ray Doubleday followed with a double to center. Lisbon scored four runs.
quot;Mike Liveston came up with a big hit in the sixth. The emotion came up and we had a big inning. All it takes is one hit,quot; Lisbon coach Tom White said. quot;David Deming pitched a solid game. After two innings, he didn't walk anybody and he got them into more defensive counts. He still didn't use his curve ball, but he got his pitches in the strike zone.quot;
Deming struck out 10, walked two and was tagged for six hits, while his counterpart Jean Beland fanned four and walked one in the eight-hitter. Smith, Liveston and Deming claimed two hits each for Lisbon.
quot;Beland pitched a real good game,quot; said his coach, Don VanNostrand. quot;We hit the ball well too.quot;
Even when the defending champion Panthers went ahead by four runs and Groveton had only one more chance, they battled for two runs and had a third aboard. Tod Collins doubled in one run and D.J. Boivin singled him home. Deming then closed the door.
The first two runs for Lisbon came in the first inning. A Deming single put runners on second and third before Joe Meyette doubled with two out. Groveton countered with two runs in the third. A Pat Reynolds double scored both John Platt and Miguel Frett.
Lisbon came through with half of its hits in the sixth inning and avenged its only loss so far this sesaon. Groveton will be at home on Wednesday with Gorham and Lisbon will host Orford at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
Groveton 002 000 2 - 4-6-3
Lisbon 200 004 X - 6-8-1
Groveton - Beland and Boivin; Lisbon - Deming and Houston.
WP - Deming; LP - Beland.
2B - Reynolds (G), Collins (G), Meyette (L), Liveston (L), Doubleday (L).
Records- Lisbon 14-1; Groveton 7-5.
Lisbon 17, Groveton 9
LISBON - In a high-scoring affair, the Lisbon girls snapped a 7-7 deadlock in the fourth and avenged an earlier loss to the Eagles 17-9, Monday night. Groveton was back at a .500 record and Lisbon broke into the double digits in the win column with 11.
quot;We were tied in the fourth and from that point on, we went pretty much downhill. They played tough and we came apart,quot; pointed out Groveton coach Tim Haskins. quot;That close play at first that could have been the third out and they ended up scoring five runs. We lost our focus.quot;
The two teams who love to challenge on the base paths scored 26 runs between them and Lisbon had six of them right after they spotted the Eagles two in the first inning.
A leap by Niki Erb at second robbed Hilary Andritz of a hit and hustle by Amy Boutin captured a pop out, but an overthrow and a missed fly ball let in those two runs for the Eagles.
quot;We had five errors in those first
Falcons picked up their second key divisional matchup in a row by downing the Missisquoi Thunderbirds, Thursday, 7-6. North Country (now 9-5) is hoping to finish its regular season on a four-game winning streak to position themselves favorably in the post-season.
Alicia Spates sparked the game-winning drive in the sixth inning with a base hit. Spates advanced on a sacrifice bunt and crossed the plate for the game-winning run on a single by senior captain Ashley Cross.
Spates finished the game with two singles while teammate Melissa Gyles recorded a double and a single in the winning effort. Whitney Morin scored three times after stealing four bases. Leadoff batter Morin stole home in the second inning.
NCU coach Reg Shafe said, quot;I'm happy with the teams effort and we had a good day from the plate. We gave up some more unearned runs but played pretty solid defense otherwise.quot;
Karen Cutting picked up the win after fanning nine and walking two. Cutting struck out four of the seven batters she faced in the final two frames.
The Falcons will honor their seniors Friday when they host Spaulding in a 4 p.m. contest.
Missisquoi 003 030 0 - 6-4-1
NCU 230 101 x - 7-8-4
NCU - Cutting and Gyles; Choquette and Laroche
2B - Morin (N), Gyles (N), Cheney (N); Hakey (M)(2)
Records - NCU 9-5; Missisquoi 10-5
SJA 21, CVU 1
HINESBURG, Vt. - The St. Johnsbury Academy Hilltoppers breezed by Champlain Valley on Thursday, 21-1.
Emily Gibbs paced the Academy's offense with a 3-for-3 performance at the plate and two RBIs. The Hilltoppers also got two hits from Heather Lyman, Kelly Colgrove and Rena Michaud. Lyman had four RBIs, Michaud three and Colgrove two.
Colgrove picked up the win, striking out five and walking only one.
SJA assistant coach Mark Choiniere said his girls were able to connect the bat with the ball and get the job done. quot;We did a good job on the offensive side tonight,quot; he said.
The Academy (7-7) challenges Milton, Saturday, at home at 11 a.m..
SJA 0 1 0 10 10 0 0 - 21-16-1
CVU 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1-1-3
CVU - Danaher and Mcdonald; SJA - Colgrove and Terrill
WP - Colgrove; LP - Danaher
2B - Lyman (SJA), Michaud (SJA)
Record - SJA 7-7
Gorham 4 Groveton 0
GROVETON - The lady Huskies shutout the Eagles 4-0, Thursday, dropping Groveton to a 6-7 record.
The last time Groveton faced the Huskies they held them to no hits. This time around the Eagles were able to improve by holding the score closer and achieving a hit of their pitcher. In the sixth inning Groveton was able to load the bases and possibly change the tide of the game with two outs in the inning Gorham forced a pop up ball and captured the out and finishing the game.
Groveton faces Colebrook tonight at 4 p.m.
Gorham 200 101 0 - 4-4-1
Groveton 000 000 0 - 0-1-5
Gorham - Gauthier and Taffey; Groveton - Andritz and Wilson
WP - Gauthier; LP - Andritz
Record - Groveton 6-7
Concord 5, Cabot 2
Cabot 12, Concord 1
CABOT - The Huskies and Wildcats split a double-header on Thursday.
Mindy Morehouse recorded three Concord hits in her team's game one win and the Huskies enjoyed the fruits of 17 walks by the Wildcat pitching staff to cruise to an easy win in game two.
Concord coach Ceylon Morehouse said quot;Everyone hit very well in the first game and we would have scored even more runs if it weren't for their excellent defense. In game two we just gave them too many free passes and didn't hit well.quot;
Steph Charron finished game one with two hits for the Wildcats.
Concord 020 30 - 5-12-2
Cabot 000 11 - 2-6-2
Concord - Morehouse, Edwards (4) and Edwards, Bristol (4); Cabot - Gulka, Creighton (4) and Speka
WP - Morehouse; LP - Gulka
2B - Edwards (Con) 2, Bristol (Con); 3B - Armburg (Con)
Concord 100 00 - 1-4-2
Cabot 112 71 - 12-8-2
Concord - Bristol, Edwards (3) and Edwards, Bristol (3); Cabot - Creighton, Alcoa (4) and Clark
WP - Creighton; LP - Bristol
2B - Bristol (Con), Edwards (Con)
Records - Concord 7-8; Cabot 6-4
South Royalton 8, BMU 0
SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. - After losing their first contest of the season by means of the 10-run-rule, the Royals got their revenge on Thursday by blanking the Bucks, 8-0 to split the year's series. Tim Florentine racked up two hits for BMU in the losing effort.
Blue Mountain coach Harold Scott lamented quot;Some costly mistakes got us in hole early on and we weren't taking advantage of the opportunities that they gave us to get back in the game.quot;
The Bucks left ten runners stranded and struck out ten times over the course of the game.
BMU will finish their regular season on Tuesday at Woodsville.
BMU 000 000 0 - 0-5-3
SRHS 312 020 x - 8-7-1
BMU - Florentine, Ketchum (5), Bogey (5) and Kendall; SRHS - Livingston, Karon (4) and Gates
WP - Livingston; LP - Florentine
2B - Somers (BMU)
Records - BMU 10-5; SRHS 6-9
CVU 8, SJA 4
HINESBURG, Vt. - Tony Smith and Tim Gaffney each had two hits for SJA in their Thursday loss to the Crusaders.
Academy coach Peter Wright explained quot;They beat us in most facets of the game. They hit the ball very hard, had great pitching, and played excellent defense. On the positive side, Devin Knight pitched very well in his relief effort and T.J. Barrett picked up his first varsity hit.quot;
SJA (9-5) will host Milton at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
SJA 101 000 2 - 4-8-2
CVU 140 102 x - 8-13-0
SJA - Spina, Knight (2), Whitcomb (6) and Lavely; CVU - Anderson, Primo (7) and Primo, Lesage (7)
WP - Anderson; LP - Spina
2B - Smith (SJA); Pasaros (CVU); 3B - Walentowski (CVU), Pasaros (CVU); HR - Pasaros (CVU), Walentowski (CVU), Anderson (CVU)
Records - SJA 9-5; CVU 8-5
LI 9, Oxbow 3
LYNDON CENTER- The Lyndon Institute Vikings added another win to their record by taking Oxbow 9-3.
Ben Johnson led Lyndon with a double and a home run. The Vikings also got two hits from Chris Stauffeneker and Neil Lefebvre.
Johnson, who's home run was a grand slam in the third inning finished the game with five RBIs.
Kyle Day picked up the win, striking out five and allowing only four hits. John Smith absorbed the loss for the Olympians.
quot;Overall we got a good effort from everyone,quot; said LI assistant coach Shawn McCaffrey.
The Vikings (11-4) finish their regular season on Saturday, when they host Northfield at 11 a.m.
Oxbow 100 101 0 - 3-4-1
LI 072 000 0 - 9-8-2
Oxbow - Smith and Simmion; LI - Day and Drown
WP - Day; LP - Smith
2B - Johnson (LI), Kingsbury (O); 3B - Stauffeneker (LI); HR - Johnson (LI), Kingsbury (O)
Records - LI 11-4; Oxbow 6-7
Gorham 8, Groveton 6
GROVETON-The Gorham Huskies narrowly slipped past the Eagles 8-6, on Thursday.
Gorham jumped out to an early lead putting seven runs on the scoreboard in the first three innings.
Over the next three innings Groveton tried to play catchup scoring five runs but it wasn't enought to pick up the win.
Michel Frett, Jean Beland and Adam Cloutier each had two hits, with Beland recording four RBIs.
Groveton is scheduled to face off with Colebrook today at 4 p.m .
Groveton 100 221 0 - 6-9-5
Gorham 124 001 0 - 8-7-2
Groveton - Frett and Boivin; Gorham - Barpench and Brosnan
WP - Barpench; LP - Frett
2B - Levesque (Grv)
BFA-Fairfax 3 Hazen 2
FAIRFAX,Vt. - BFA-Fairfax narrowly escaped the clutches of the Hazen Wildcat baseball team by breaking free from a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning.
Scott Brown led the Hazen offense with a 2-for-2 performance at the plate.
On defense both teams recorded outs at the plate. The Wildcats left fielder threw out a runner in the fourth, while BFA nailed a Hazen runner at the dish in the fifth inning.
Ron Brown coach of Hazen said both teams played well. quot;We're peaking at the right time and hope to be ready come tournament time.quot;
Hazen faces Richford on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Hazen 100 010 0 - 2-5-3
Fairfax 001 010 1 - 3-6-4
Hazen - Dimick, Burnham (5) and Calderwood; Fairfax - Hakey and Moody
2B - Chavez (H), Godfrey (BFA), Boutin (BFA)
Record - Hazen 5-8