NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- With ace Kayla Wood still dealing with a back injury, Rissa Smith went 5.1 innings as the starter and the Brattleboro softball team held off Drury 6-5 on Tuesday.
"Rissa did an exceptional job. And the defense was pretty decent behind her for the most part," stated Colonels coach Kelly Markol.
Smith fanned two, walked four and allowed six hits. Wood struck out three, walked one and gave up one hit in relief.
"Her back is a little stiff. I wanted to give her a break unless we absolutely needed her," said Markol, who had asked Wood if she could get her the last five outs.
The senior flame thrower responded, "yes," before going out there and getting the save.
Bailey Paige had two hits, including a triple, and drove in two runs to lead the Brattleboro offense. Maddy Derosia, Lou Lou Terwilliger, Daisy Giroux and Smith all finished with one hit, while Derosia also had a pair of RBIs.
The 5-0 Colonels, who were ahead 6-2 before collapsing defensively in the last two frames, will face Wahconah on Saturday at 3 p.m.
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WOODSTOCK -- Elizabeth Symanski struck out 14, walked two and fired a two-hitter to pick up a victory in the six-inning contest.
"I was pleased with her performance. She continues to get better and better," said Rebels coach Tammy Claussen of her ace. "Her control was very good. She kept the hitters off balance."
Jackie Hazard, Kate McAllister and Jordan Gouger all had a pair of hits for the winners. Hazard also scored four runs and drove in two, while Ashley Goddard chipped in with an RBI double.
The 3-2 Rebels will host Bellows Falls on Thursday.
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WOODSTOCK -- The Rebels fell behind 1-0 in the first frame, but rallied for three runs in the third and one more in the sixth for the victory.
"Drew Barnum was pretty dominant out there. He pitched really well," said coach Eric Durocher of his starter, who fanned eight and scattered three hits to get the win.
Zac Wilkins and Corey Nystrom each had a couple of hits for the Rebels. Nystrom drove in two runs, while Wade Beattie and Barnum each added an RBI single.
"That kid’s been swinging the bat well for us," said Durocher of Nystrom. "He has been driving in runs."
Leland & Gray (4-1) will host Arlington on Monday.
BRATTLEBORO -- Alex Kendall had his first Little League hit for the Pirates, who routed the Giants 11-1 and also crushed the Cardinals 14-3.
Cyr Solari and Elliot Bauer combined for a one-hitter against the G-men, with Solari also delivering a three-run RBI triple that ended it. Hailey Derosia and Rachel Rooney were the gold glovers for the victors, while Brendan Gilbeau pitched well and also had a hit for the Giants.
Kyle Derosia and Adam Newton teamed up for the 11 strikeouts versus the Cards. Kris Carroll had a solid all-around game, Tyler Millerick scored three runs, and Newton went 3-for-4 at the dish. Hunter Beebe did the offensive damage for the Cardinals.
BRATTLEBORO -- Nick Wirkkala fired a three-hitter to help the Chester/Saxtons River Crush to a 5-1 victory over Walpole in Week 2 of the Connecticut River Valley Baseball League season.
Greg Elbaum went the distance for the Brattleboro River Rats in a 7-0 loss to the defending champion Claremont Cardinals. And Steve Stanley went 2-for-3 with an RBI, but his Putney Fossils fell to the Newport Polar Bears 7-6.
On Sunday, Chester/Saxtons River will play a doubleheader at Vermont Academy starting at 11 a.m., Newport will host Brattleboro at 11 a.m., and Keene will host Putney at Marlborough Field at 11 a.m. All CRVBL games are free of charge.