TOWNSHEND — Freshman Casper Rowe struck out four, walked two and scattered four hits as the Leland & Gray varsity baseball team defeated previously unbeaten Poultney 4-1.
"To throw a complete game in under 100 pitches is impressive," stated Rebels coach Eric Durocher. "He has a decent fastball, a curve, some off-speed stuff. He kept them off balance."
Leland & Gray scored twice in the first and two more in the sixth. Nick Morrow went 2 for 3 and drove in two runs, while Jeremy Bovat, Owen Beattie and Rowe all hit safely.
Shortstop Patrick McFarland made two nice plays and Bovat (CF) gunned down a runner at the plate to lead the defense for the 5-2 Rebels, who will host Twin Valley on Friday.
Bellows Falls 3, Otter Valley 2
WESTMINSTER >> With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, Jacob Lober dropped down a game-winning suicide squeeze.
"Pitching was the name of the game...and defense," said Terriers coach Bob Lockerby, whose team was outhit 6-2 on the afternoon.
Brady Illingworth (7 K's, 1 BB, 3 hits) pitched the first four innings for 5-5 Bellows Falls. Zack Streeter (6 K's) came on in relief and got the victory.
BRATTLEBORO >> Claudia Craviotto Roca, Jazmin Smith, Kimberly Bau and Kelsea McAuliffe all won a singles match to help the Brattleboro girls tennis team to a 6-1 victory over Bellows Falls on Tuesday.
"Bellows Falls was pesky. With two tiebreakers, this was a tight match. Bellows Falls has some good young players," commented Brattleboro coach Tom Weber. "We played solid. I'm pretty happy about our play, although I think we can still sharpen up on things going into our final matches. We have qualified for playoffs now so we will have a little more time to get sharper, better."
Winning doubles matches for the 4-6 Colonels were the duos of Colette Anton-Hannah Blake and Annie Takacs-Rose Dumaine. Hannah Harlow prevailed at fourth singles for BF's lone victory.
BRATTLEBORO >> Oliver Goodman, Martin Sipowicz, Gideon May, Alex Shuey and Tom Szpila all delivered a singles victory for the Brattleboro boys tennis team on Tuesday. The teams of Zeb Hathaway-Jacob Bailey and Josh Nordheim-Forest Zabriskie added doubles wins.
"Before the match, we all talked about playing point by point and maintaining focus and concentration regardless of the score. We've been working on that and I think it has paid off. The guys have been able to battle back from difficult situations and, more importantly, have been able to control the court and keep themselves out of trouble," said BUHS coach Charlie La Rosa. "Everyone executed the plan effectively and they were in control of every match. We stressed playing basic fundamental tennis and using mental awareness of on-court situations to cut down on unforced errors."
The 9-2 Colonels will play at Burr and Burton on Friday.
BRATTLEBORO >> On Tuesday, the Cardinals zipped the Giants 11-0. Cardinals pitchers Caden Wood and Elias Gradinger combined for five no-hit innings against the Giants. The Redbirds offense was led by Tristan Evans (2 for 3, 2 BB, and 2 runs). Wood, Aden McMahon, T.J. St. John, Brian Kerber, Makai Gardilcic, James Fagley and Caleb Douglass also scored for the Cards. The Giants defense benefited from sterling catches by second baseman Tucker Sargent and pitcher Sam Hall. Degan Gundry pitched effectively in his debut on the mound for the G-men.
BRATTLEBORO >> The Elm City Derby Damez' bout on Saturday has been canceled. The Keene team will play host on June 11 versus Poison Pixies, July 16 versus Central Vermont, Aug. 20 versus Boyz of Summer, and Sept. 24 versus Brawlin Broads. Those will all take place at Memorial Park's Nelson Withington Rink and start at 6 p.m.