BRATTLEBORO -- Playoff season begins today for many area teams, with a few more games set to take place later this week.
In Brattleboro, the Colonels baseball team didn’t make the playoff cut this year, as the team finished out their regular season with three wins -- not enough to enter the Division 1 tournament. And both Brattleboro tennis teams have been eliminated; the boys losing in an upset to Stowe on Friday, and the girls taking a first-round loss to Colchester.
But the purple and white will push on in other athletic avenues.
On deck for the No. 3 ranked Division 1 Brattleboro softball team (13-2) is No. 14 North Country, in a playdown that will be held today on Sawyer Field at 4:30 p.m.
The hosts have ace Kayla Wood, who pitched the Colonels to state titles in 2010 and 2011. Wood has struck out 73 batters in her last five games. The team has a shot at another title with Wood but will need to improve upon their hitting if they want to stay alive, according to coach Kelly Markol. The Colonels are led by a strong senior crew which includes Alyssa Bezanson, Bailey Paige, Rissa Smith, Haley Struthers, Lou Lou Terwilliger, and Wood.
Later this week, both the fourth-seeded boys and girls lacrosse teams will face-off against their respective opponents in Division 1 quarterfinal matches to be held in town.
Led by coach Chris Sawyer, the Colonel boys (12-4) took their third straight Marble Valley League (MVL) crown on Friday with a win over Woodstock.
Maud Lonergan, who coaches the Colonel girls (9-7) noted that this year has been one of the program’s best seasons in a long while. The team’s leading scorer is Maddie Rollins, who has already racked up almost 40 goals on the season. Rollins leads in almost all team stats.
The boys will play the winner of today’s Middlebury-Spaulding game, Friday on Tenney Field at 7 p.m., and the girls will host No. 5 Essex on Natowich Field at 4:30 p.m., also on Friday.
The Division 2 Terrier baseball and softball teams begin their playoff bids today as coach Bob Lockerby’s No. 8 Bellows Falls baseball team (9-7) hosts ninth-seeded Fair Haven at 4:30 p.m., and the No. 14 softball team (4-12), coached by Pete Fry, will travel to No. 3 Vergennes for their playdown, which begins at 3:30 p.m.
Mike LaBeau is just one part of a solid bullpen, and has fanned over 40 opponents on the season. BF needs to start connecting at the plate to remain tourney contenders.
Chelsea Wilder is the Terrier girls’ starter, who has also demonstrated her offensive ability, by managing to hit two homers this season.
Leland & Gray
The Rebel ball clubs look hot this year, and both teams have earned 13-3 records as they enter into the Division 3 playoff bracket.
Tammy Claussen is head coach of the top-seeded Rebels softball team, who was just crowned the MVL-B title champs after their most recent win over Windsor. Elizabeth Symanski, the team’s pitcher, has struck out over 120 batters this season, while teammates Jackie Hazard (.500 batting avg) Jordan Gouger (three home runs), and Ashley Goddard (four RBIs) lead in hitting. The lady Rebs will host today’s winner of Twin Valley-Thetford, in a quarterfinal to be held Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
The baseball team, skippered by Eric Durocher, wrapped up their regular season with three straight wins, seeding them fourth in the state tournament. L&G has a formidable pitching staff that relies heavily on Drew Barnum, who is nearing 50 strikeouts this season. The boys will host No. 13 Richford today at 4:30 p.m.
The No. 7 Wildcats (6-10) will host tenth-seeded Proctor today at 4:30 p.m. in a Division 4 playdown. If Twin Valley wins, they will have to beat No. 2 MSJ in the quarters. Sam Molner leads at-bat, and Kyle Murdock is the team’s ace on the mound. Jim Burke coaches the Wildcats.
The eighth-seeded Twin Valley Division 3 softball squad (9-7), coached by Aaron Wood, will play No. 9 Thetford at Living Memorial Park in Brattleboro, today at 4 p.m. Abigail Putnam and Christina Moore carry the team with their hitting. The winner plays No. 1 Leland & Gray on Saturday.
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