WEST RUTLAND -- The No. 9 Twin Valley softball team surprised top-seeded West Rutland, 7-6, in Sunday’s Division 4 quarterfinal.
"This was a great win for our program. It’s the furthest a Twin Valley softball team has went in school history," said Wildcats coach Aaron Wood, whose 7-10 team will play at No. 4 Blue Mountain (10-5) in Tuesday’s semifinal at 4:30 p.m.
Trailing 5-2, Twin Valley rallied for five runs in the top of the sixth inning to take the lead for good. An RBI double from Christina Moore, along with suicide squeezes by Kaylea Niles and Natalie Herrick, were the highlights.
Colton Butler fanned four, walked five and pitched a two-hitter to get the win. She also caught a line drive with the tying run at third in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.
"She’s the best pitcher in Division 4. She’s really come into her own in the second half of the season," added Wood.
Moore, Butler and Jordan Niles all had one hit for the winners. Kaylea Niles swung the bat really well, according to the Twin Valley coach.
Green Mountain 3,
Leland & Gray 2
CHESTER -- Stephanie Knockenhauer fanned nine to get the win in Friday’s Division 3 quarterfinal. An RBI single by Emily Castillo was the difference for the No. 1 Chieftains. Elizabeth Symanski suffered the loss for the No. 8 Rebels, who finished up with an 8-10 record.
CVU 5, Brattleboro 3
HINESBURG -- Rayne Supple, who will be going to Wake Forest to pitch next season, picked up the win in Friday’s Division 1 quarterfinal between No. 2 CVU and seventh-seeded Brattleboro. He struck out a dozen, walked three and gave up five hits.
Hayden Smith’s two-run single in the fifth was the game-winning hit. Sam Mikell and Kyle Stanley also drove in runs for the Redhawks.
Jimmy Mills and Rob Heileman each had a pair of hits for the Colonels. Kassidi Ramirez suffered the loss.
Harwood 4, Bellows Falls 3
MORETOWN -- Tyler Atwood drove in the winning run in the fifth as the top-seeded Highlanders edged the No. 8 Terriers.
Trailing 3-0, Matt Fischer belted a three-run homer in the third to pull the hosts even. Dominick Moreno and Riley Abair each had a couple of hits for the winners.
Ethan Illingoworth and Alex Groenewold had two hits apiece for Bellows Falls.
Twin Valley 14, Proctor 1
WILMINGTON -- Dal Nesbitt went the distance for the win in this quarterfinal between No. 11 Proctor and third-seeded Twin Valley. He fanned seven, walked one and scattered six hits.
"He was in a groove," said Wildcats coach Jim Burke. "It was a really good game for us."
Sam Molner went 3-for-4 and Colin Lozito went 2-for-3 to lead the attack. Nesbitt was patient at the plate and drew three walks.
The Wildcats will play at No. 2 MSJ in Tuesday’s quarterfinal at 4:30 p.m. Twin Valley won the regular-season meeting, 8-6.
CHESTER -- In the Division 4 track and field championships at Green Mountain, the Richford girls and Chelsea boys won the titles. The Twin Valley girls placed seventh with 22 points and the Wildcat boys took 11th with six points.
The highlight for Twin Valley was winning the girls 4x100 relay in 57.28 seconds. That relay team was made up of Karlee Walkowiak, Caitlin Hunt, Christy Strysko and Henriette Aas.
Hunt added a fourth in the 100, Aas finished fifth in the 100, and Walkowiak wound up sixth in the 100. Kirra Courchesne placed sixth in the 800.
The Twin Valley boys took fourth in the 4x100 relay. Skyler Boyd placed fifth in the high jump and sixth in the long jump.
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BURLINGTON -- In the Division 1 meet, the South Burlington boys and Essex girls were crowned. The Brattleboro boys placed 13th with 2.5 points and the BUHS girls wound up 13th with 2 points.