Leland & Gray second baseman Jessica Madore (9) makes a catch as Twin Valley’s Callie Dix (5) hustles toward first base during a varsity softball
Leland & Gray second baseman Jessica Madore (9) makes a catch as Twin Valley's Callie Dix (5) hustles toward first base during a varsity softball game on Thursday in Townshend. (Kristopher Radder — Brattleboro Reformer)

TOWNSHEND >> Keltsey Rushton (11 K's, 2 BB) fired a one-hit shutout as the Leland & Gray varsity softball team routed visiting Twin Valley 19-0 in five innings in the continuation of a game that was suspended on May 13.

"Keltsey did a nice job," said Rebels coach Tammy Claussen, whose team improved to 13-3. "I gave her the game ball. She threw 130 pitches yesterday and only gave up one hit in this game. She doesn't get flustered."

On Senior Day, the hosts got offensive contributions from each 12th grader. Rushton and Skyler Nupp each doubled, Gabby Donna crossed the plate twice, and Jordan Gouger had a couple of hits. Junior Mackenzie Boyle chipped in with two hits, two runs and a pair of RBI's.

Hailey Howe and Jarrett Niles took turns in the circle for Twin Valley. Karlee Walkowiak had the only hit for the visitors.

Bellows Falls 11, Windsor 6

WESTMINSTER >> Aly Bashaw had two hits and scored twice to lead the Terriers to a softball victory on Thursday afternoon.

Abbe Cravinho, Murphy Hicks and Paxton Santorelli all had hits and scored twice, while Shanice Fisher had her first hit of the season. Lila Guerrina added a hit and a strong game at second base.

Hicks picked up the win in the circle for the 4-11 Terriers, who will play at Fair Haven today at 11 a.m.



BRATTLEBORO >> Martin Sipowicz defeated Noah Laporte of Essex 2-6, 7-6, 10-4 for No. 6 Brattleboro's lone win during a 6-1 loss to No. 11 Essex in the opening round of the Division 1 Tournament on Thursday.

"I was very happy with our performance despite the loss. Everyone faced their toughest opponents of the year and rose to the occasion to play their best tennis. Although it proved not to be enough, we have come a long, long way since last year and we are still a young team. The majority of our players are still sophomores and freshmen and we have every reason to anticipate more success in the coming seasons," said BUHS coach Charlie La Rosa.

The Colonels ended up with a 10-4 record.


ESSEX JUNCTION >> Jordan Walsh, Anna Ursiny, Zoe Filan, Rylee Wrenner and Lauren Riley swept the singles matches on Thursday to help No. 6 Essex to a 7-0 victory over 11th-seeded Brattleboro in the first round of the Division 1 Tournament.

"I was pleased with all the singles players. They were overmatched, but they competed well, played well, and won some games," said Brattleboro coach Tom Weber, who watched Jazmin Smith battle hard before losing to Ursiny 6-2, 6-4 in the second spot.

The 5-7 Colonels will lose four of their players, including graduates Jaida Henry and Kimberly Bau. Tre Harrison will be moving away and exchange student Claudia Craviotto Roca will be returning home.


BRATTLEBORO >> Caden Wood threw four no-hit innings and the Cardinals blanked the Reds 17-0. He also added a two-run homer, his third of the year. The Cards' offense also got hits from Elias Gradinger, Aaron Slade, Aden McMahon and Caleb Douglass. The Reds lone baserunner was Javvan Patterson who walked in the third inning to break up the perfect game.