BRATTLEBORO -- Kelly Markol and Tammy Claussen, former teammates at Springfield College, will lead their teams to Poultney for a pair of softball state championship games this evening.
Third-seeded Brattleboro (16-2-1) will take on No. 5 Missisquoi (16-3) in the Division 1 finale at 5 p.m., and then top-ranked Leland & Gray (15-3) will face No. 6 Oxbow (13-5) in the Division 3 title tilt at 7:30 p.m.
Both contests will take place on Poultney Elementary School’s Legion Field.
Missisquoi ended a 37-game winning streak by Essex, in an 8-0 rout of the No. 1 seed in the semifinals. Dakota Raleigh fanned seven and threw a three-hitter for the Thunderbirds, which got a 4-for-4 day and three RBIs from Emily Gold. Katie Campbell chipped in with two doubles and she drove in a pair of runs.
Oxbow had a much more difficult time in their Final 4 game, as it took a game-winning hit from Kasie Craig in the eighth inning to get past Enosburg.
The Colonels are looking for their third title in the past four seasons. They have a 10-6 record in championship games, including back-to-back crowns in 2010 and 2011.
The Rebels are looking for their first taste of Vermont gold. In their only other finals appearance, they lost to Peoples 6-5 in 1991.
Brattleboro is led by 2013 Vermont Gatorade Player of the Year Kayla Wood, who has a remarkable 12-1 record in the circle during her high school career. Making up the Colonels roster are: coaches Kelly Markol, Al Wood and Jeff Rawson, along with players Kayla Wood, Mckinlie Carpenter, Bailey Paige, Daisy Giroux, Rissa Smith, Haley Struthers, Lou Lou Terwilliger, Maddy Derosia, Alyssa Bezanson, Alex Derosia, Casey Manning, Jess Mann, Samantha Harrison, Jess Ogden and Morgan Derosia.
First baseman Ashley Goddard leads the Leland & Gray offense with a .456 batting average, 21 RBIs and 29 runs scored. Making up the Rebels roster are: coaches Tammy Claussen, Deb Record and Kendra Brooks, along with players Ashley Goddard, Jordan Gouger, Kate McAllister, Kori Griffin, Elizabeth Symanski, Emily Thibault, Summer Bills, Leah Gokey, Elizabeth Gallup, Chelby Nystrom, Kelsey Bruder and Emily Stockwell.
The directions to Legion Field at Poultney Elementary School are as follows (estimated 2 hour drive from Brattleboro): 1)Merge onto I-91 North, go 25.5 miles from exit 3; 2)Take the US-5 N exit, EXIT 6, toward VT-103/Rockingham/Rutland/Chester/Ludlow, 0.5 miles; 3)Turn left onto Rockingham Rd/US-5. Continue to follow Rockingham Rd, 7.3 miles; 4)Rockingham Rd becomes VT-103, 2.9 miles; 5)Turn right onto VT-103/N Maple St. Continue to follow VT-103.VT-103 is 0.3 miles past Pleasant St. If you are on S Main St and reach Depot St you’ve gone about 0.1 miles too far, 32.3 miles; 6)Turn slight right, 0.1 miles past VT-7B, 0.1 miles; 7)Turn slight right onto US-7 N, 2.6 miles; 8)Turn left onto US-4 W.US-4 W is 0.2 miles past Middle Rd. Gene’s Beans is on the corner. If you are on US-7 N and reach US-7 S you’ve gone about 0.3 miles too far, 13.1 miles; 9)Take the VT-30 S exit, EXIT 4, 0.2 miles; 10)Turn left onto VT-30. If you reach US-4 W you’ve gone about 0.2 miles too far, 7.1 miles; 11)Turn right onto Church St. Church St is 0.9 miles past Kerber Ln. If you reach Main St you’ve gone about 0.1 miles too far, 0.2 miles; 12)Take the 2nd right onto York St. York St is just past Ideal Way. If you reach College St N you’ve gone about 0.1 miles too far, 0.2 miles. 13)Take the 1st right onto Wheeler Ave. If you reach College St N you’ve gone about 0.1 miles too far, 0.2 miles; 14)Wheeler Ave becomes Allan Ter., 0.09 miles; 15)Turn right onto School Cir. Funeral Roberts-Aubin is on the corner. If you are on Wilson Ave and reach Norton Ave you’ve gone a little too far, 0.07 miles; 16)96 SCHOOL CIR is on the left. Your destination is just past School Cir. If you are on Wilson Ave and reach Norton Ave you’ve gone about 0.1 miles too far.
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