COLCHESTER -- The third-seeded Brattleboro softball team advanced to the Division 1 title game with a 3-0 victory over No. 2 Colchester in Wednesday’s semifinal.
Brattleboro’s Kayla Wood and Colchester’s Emi Eakin cruised through the first six innings, yielding five hits and no walks between them in that time. And then the Colonels put up three unearned runs in the top of the seventh.
Haley Struthers started it by reaching on a two-base error. Pinch-runner Alex Derosia went to third on Wood’s sacrifice. After Lou Lou Terwilliger walked, Rissa Smith came through with a Texas Leaguer and then Alyssa Bezanson delivered a two-run single through the left side.
"She saw the ball well and hit it between short and third," said BUHS coach Kelly Markol. "She hit the ball hard."
Wood then ended it by fanning two and inducing a ground out. She walked one, allowed three hits and sat down eight on the day.
"At this time, when you get to the semis and finals, it takes a mistakeŠ and if the other team can capitalize on the mistake, then they’re in pretty good shape. And then we have a kid come up and hit a single with two runners on. Huge. Huge," said Markol.
It was the third consecutive shutout in these playoffs for Wood, who improved to 12-1 in the circle during the postseason over her four-year varsity career. She helped the Colonels win it all in 2010 and 2011.
Markol said she did not believe Wood threw as hard Wednesday as in earlier games, adding, "but she threw the ball well."
Smith went 2-for-3 to lead the winners offensively. Bailey Paige and Bezanson each hit safely.
Brattleboro (16-2-1) must await the results of two games before learning its championship game opponent. No. 5 Missisquoi is scheduled to travel to No. 4 Mount Anthony for a quarterfinal today, though predicted rain could force another postponement until Saturday. The winner of that game will face top-seeded Essex in the other semifinal with the Colonels eventually playing that winner for the title.
Essex 13, Brattleboro 4
ESSEX JCT. -- James Olsen went off for three goals and two assists to lead the top-seeded Essex boys lacrosse team to a 13-4 rout of No. 4 Brattleboro in Wednesday’s Division 1 semifinal.
Thomas Vanzo, Steve Morse and Luc Leblanc all tallied twice for the 16-2 Hornets. Pat Abbott and Andrew Lounsbury combined for 10 saves.
The Colonels, who defeated No. 5 Middlebury to get to the semis, got a goal and an assist from both Sam Siegel and Connor Elliott-Knaggs versus Essex. Nik Rancourt and Dylan Bettini each found the the back of the net once.
Romello Lindsey stopped nine shots for Brattleboro, which finishes up with a 13-5 record.
Little League baseball
BRATTLEBORO -- Adam Newton fanned 13 and fired a no-hitter as the Pirates stayed perfect with a 10-0 win over the A’s. Jacob Gouger and Cyr Solari each scored twice for the winners, while Alex Kendall and Harrison Kerber were the gold glovers. Pitcher Jeremy Rounds, Thomas Raymond and Keegan Givens were the standouts for the A’s.