The St. Johnsbury Academy softball team improved to 8-7 on the season Saturday, as the Hilltoppers shut out Milton, 7-0.
Caitlyn Reed, Heather Lyman, Amber Caron, Jen Terrill and Heidi Wheeler each connected for two Academy hits in the game that lasted just over an hour.
SJA coach Beth Choiniere said, quot;We're started to see the bats work again and we backed up our offense with some solid defense.quot;
Kelly Colgrove allowed just three hits and walked no one in picking up her eighth win for the Academy.
quot;Kelly pitched a great game and we made relatively few errors behind her. We are gaining momentum and are just about ready for the postseason.quot;
The Hilltoppers wrap up their regular season on Tuesday when they visit BFA-St. Albans for a 4 p.m. start.
Milton 000 000 0 - 0-3-2
SJA 500 002 x - 7-12-2
Milton - McGuire and Jillson; SJA - Colgrove and Terrill
WP - Colgrove; LP - McGuire
2B - Caron (SJA), Terrill (SJA), Reed (SJA);
Records - SJA 8-7
LI 10, Northfield 8
LYNDON CENTER - The Vikings scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and never looked back in their 10-8 victory over the Marauders Saturday.
Heather Ely paced the Vikings offense with three hits. Among her offensive contributions was a two-RBI single in the bottom of the sixth that scored LI's winning run. Jen Kirchoff and Rose Deth each recorded two hits, including a triple apiece.
Vikings coach Pat Guckin said, quot;Northfield tries very hard to take an opponent off their game and to upset your rhythm. We kept our composure throughout the game, and, in the end, the better team won.quot;
With the win LI wraps up its regular season with a record of 12-2, which should give them a top four seed in the postseason tournament.
Northfield 240 020 0 - 8-6-1
LI 401 140 x - 10-9-2
Northfield - Partlow, Dodge (5) and Pecor; LI - Armstrong, Newland (2) and Drown
WP - Newland; LP - Partlow
3B - Kirchoff (LI), Deth (LI)
Records - LI 12-2
BMU 16, UCA 7
BMU 12, UCA 4
WELLS RIVER - The Bucks exploded for 28 runs and 23 hits to earn the sweep of their Saturday double-header against UCA. Crystal Emerson picked up her first ever varsity win by pitching BMU to a game 2 victory. She also paced the Bucks offense with two hits in game 1 and a 4-for-6 performance in the second outing.
BMU coach Glenn Hatch said, quot;We are a very fast team and are aggressive on the base paths. They walked us eight times in the first game and we hit the ball well enough to get runners on and across the plate in every inning. We also got good playing time for some of the younger kids in both contests.quot;
Hannah Daniels went 2-for-2 in the game 1 win.
The Bucks will finish their regular season on Tuesday when they host Woodsville at 4 p.m.
UCA 101 41 - 7-7-6
BMU 653 2x - 16-11-2
UCA - Davio and Partridge; BMU - Dyer and Daniels
WP - Dyer; LP - Davio
2B - Lakin (BMU); 3B - Longmoore (BMU)
UCA 011 20 - 4-3-4
BMU 225 3x - 12-12-1
UCA - Reneau and Partridge; BMU - Emerson and Daniels, Tanner (2)
WP - Emerson; LP - Reneau
2B - Lakin (BMU), Emerson (BMU); Reneau (UCA)
Records - BMU 8-8; UCA 1-10
Danville 10, LR 3
BARTON - The Indians added another victory to their winning streak with a 10-3 victory over the Rangers Saturday.
Heather Chamberlin gave up just one hit to record her sixth consecutive victory for Danville.
Chamberlin got effective backing from a nearly flawless Indian defensive outing. Emily Carrier anchored the infield with six unassisted putouts.
Carrier also led the way from the plate with three hits and four RBIs. She sparked the Danville offense with a two-out, bases loaded triple in the second inning.
Indian coach Paul Remick said, quot;We are playing great softball in all facets of the game. I think that we're ready for the postseason.quot;
Chamberlin helped her own cause from the plate with two hits while Sara Melendy chipped in two hits.
Danville has locked up a top spot for the Division III postseason. They will attempt to avenge their earlier loss to Division II powerhouse People's Academy on Tuesday.
Danville 252 100 0 - 10-12-1
LR 000 003 0 - 3-1-8
Danville - Chamberlin and Riendeau; LR - Brook and Stephanie B.
WP - Chamberlin; LP - Brook
2B - Chamberlin (D), Melendy (D), Lynaugh (D); 3B - Carrier (D)
Records - Danville 10-5
Milton 14, SJA 2
The Hornets scored 10 runs in their final two at-bats to pull away from the Hilltoppers at Burlingame Field on Saturday. SJA committed five errors and gave up nine hits over the course of the sixth and seventh innings to seal their own fate.
Tony Smith finished the game with two hits to lead the 'Toppers offense. He drove in SJA's only earned run.
Academy coach Peter Wright commented, quot;This was a pretty good ball game for six innings. Both pitchers threw extremely well but, as the saying goes, the wheels just fell off on us down the stretch. Milton is a very good ball club and we didn't give Tim Gaffney the defensive support he needed late in the game.quot;
The Hilltoppers will finish their regular season Tuesday when they travel to BFA-St. Albans.
Milton 020 114 6 - 14-18-1
SJA 000 020 0 - 2-7-9
Milton - Brown and Brault; SJA - Gaffney, Knight (7) and Lavely
WP - Brown; LP - Gaffney
2B - Brault (M), Chagnon (M); Gaffney (SJA)
Records - SJA 9-6; Milton 14-1
Woodsville 6, Hillsboro 5
Hillsboro 7, Woodsville 3
WOODSVILLE - The Engineers split their weekend double-header with Hillsboro. Ryan Ackerman struck out nine and walked one to pace the Woodsville victory in game 1. Hillsboro rallied to a four-run seventh inning to pull away from the Engineers in the sequel.
Woodsville coach Jay Holden said, quot;It was a very long day coming on the heels of the school's prom on Friday night. We gave up four unearned runs in the first game but our defense really helped to keep it respectable in the second game.quot;
The Engineers mounted a late-game rally of their own in the bottom of the seventh to seal the game 1 victory. With two outs, Gaylon Lucas got things going with a single and then stole second. Jason Roy was then hit by a pitch. Brad Roy entered the fray to pinch-run for his cousin and both Lucas and Roy advanced on a passed ball. Ryan Ackerman secured the win for himself by then hitting a game-winning two RBI single.
Paul Hodgdon finished the game with two sacrifice RBI bunts.
Woodsville (12-4) will play at BMU on Tuesday.
Hillsboro 010 200 2 - 5-6-2
Woodsville 211 000 2 - 6-4-5
Hillsboro - Schwartz, Deuse (6) and Crooker; Woodsville - Ackerman and Holden
WP - Ackerman; LP - Schwartz
2B - Fagnant (W)
Records - Woodsville 12-4
Hillsboro 210 000 4 - 7-16-2
Woodsville 001 200 0 - 3-5-1
Hillsboro - Deuse and Crooker; Woodsville - Hodgdon and Holden
2B - Ackerman (W); HR - Taronto (H)
The Hilltoppers netted their second highest number of goals against Randolph - the top ranked team in the state - but ended up dropping their Saturday contest to the Galloping Ghosts.
Erin Tomlinson led the 'Topper charge with four goals while Randolph got seven goals from standout Laura Heath. With the effort, Tomlinson wrapped up her second consecutive scoring title for SJA.
Academy coach Don Gibbs said, quot;We had a vastly improved performance over our first meeting with Randolph. We have really come together as a team and played an excellent game against a top-caliber team.quot;
Karena Thurston (recognized as the team's Most Improved Player) scored two goals while Lila Spring found the back of the net twice. Katy Goodrich, Allison Schoolcraft and Tina Pannicke rounded out the 'Toppers scoring with a goal apiece.
SJA goalie Sam Marshall stopped 17 shots while Kalie Bey turned back five in the Ghosts' net.
The Hilltoppers (3-9) and Randolph (12-0) will await the playoff draw to be held on Thursday.