BRATTLEBORO >> One area athlete reached an individual milestone and two others delivered a game-winning hit during the first week of the spring sports season.
Leif Bigelow, Ariana Taylor, Orion Stone, Emmalee Waite and Jack Gagnon were all nominated for Reformer Athlete of the Week honors for their impressive contributions from April 10-16. Write-ins are also welcome and you can vote by typing in your choice as a comment beneath this story at www.facebook.com/ReformerSports.
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The Brattleboro Union High School pitcher fanned eight, walked two and fired a three-hitter in a 4-2 victory over Saint Johnsbury on Saturday, as the Colonels improved to 2-0. He also went 3 for 3 at the plate, including a two-run homer, in the season opener against Mill River.
She completed the Hinsdale softball team's rally during Game 2 of a doubleheader in Pittsfield on Saturday by hitting a seventh-inning single that drove in the tying and winning runs. Taylor also had a pair of hits in Game 1 and finished the day with four runs batted in.
During a three-team meet in Windsor, the Brattleboro standout struck gold four times. He won the 110 hurdles and pole vault, and he also helped his school's 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams to victory.
In the BUHS softball team's season opener on Saturday, she had two of the eight Colonel hits. The biggest of those was Waite's two-run blast over the fence in left field on an 0-2 pitch that gave Brattleboro a 6-4 win over visiting Saint Johnsbury.
He started the week off with a hat trick, giving him 100 goals in his lacrosse career, during Brattleboro's 10-8 loss to Northampton. Gagnon then finished with four goals and one assist in his team's 8-6 decision over Belchertown.