Saturday June 29, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- In the Division 1 softball state title game on June 19, Brattleboro pitcher Kayla Wood was perfect.

Her postseason career nearly was, too.

The Colonels ace went 4-0 in the circle during the playoffs as a freshman, sophomore and senior, and went 1-1 as a junior -- her team won its playdown by forfeit and her only June loss ever came in the 2012 semifinals, 2-1 to BFA-St. Albans.

It’s possible that this year’s squad was the best team in any sport in Vermont this spring. Not only did they have a superior hurler, quality coaching staff and a lineup that could hurt foes from 1-9, but their enthusiasm and support for each other was unmatched.

And how could you root against a team that had dedicated its season to well-liked assistant coach Jeff Rawson, who has been battling bone cancer? Wood promised him a finals berth back on May 4 and the Colonels more than made good on it.

Of course, they weren’t the only area team to win it all this past season. On June 1 in Chester, Jamie Moore prevailed in the 800, 1500 and 3000 as the Bellows Falls boys won the Division 3 track championship. And Enny Mustapha had a huge day for the runnerup BF girls, as she struck gold in the shot put and javelin, took second in the discus, and also helped the Terriers’ 4x100 relay team finish first.

Over on the South Main Street field, the Pirates went unbeaten. The Little League powerhouse coached by Chris Millerick, Jim Derosia and Tim Rooney won all 15 of its games, including a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Red Sox down the stretch thanks to Rachael Rooney’s game-winning hit.

And don’t be surprised if it’s deja vu next season, as all but three of their players will be returning. That includes Little League camper of the week Tyler Millerick and slugger Adam Newton, who Dave Henry recently said may be the best Small Fry hitter he has ever seen play.

Both of Brattleboro’s varsity lacrosse teams advanced to the state semifinals, where they ran into buzzsaws. The Leland & Gray baseball team also made it to the semis, while the softball team from Townshend played for the Division 3 crown in Poultney.

Twin Valley got a huge day from Jason Moore, who went 4-for-4 with a homer in his team’s playdown victory over Proctor. And Roxy Toussaint represented for Hinsdale this spring, earning gold (3200), silver (high jump) and bronze (1600) at the Monadnock Invitational.

And if you made it over to the BUHS tennis courts for any matches, you had to be impressed. After starting out 0-4, the Brattleboro boys won 11 matches in a row behind singles stars Isaiah Ungerleider, Asa Lane and Benson May. First-year player Halie Lange turned some heads for the Colonel girls, including a playoff victory in Colchester.

Shane Covey can be reached at scovey@reformer.com or by calling 802-254-2311, ext. 163.