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Brattleboro second baseman Lauren McKenney receives a throw before tagging out a Rutland player on a base hit.

BRATTLEBORO >> The Brattleboro varsity softball team finished the regular season with a 12-4 record and ranked sixth in Division 1 following recent victories of 4-0 and 9-3 over Rutland.

"We did a nice job defensively in both games. The kids really stepped up and played well. The outfield, which includes Devin Millerick, Mariah Powers and Bridget Duff, did a great job hitting their cutoffs and making some nice catches. I felt like we really played solid defense in the last two games and it was a total team effort," BUHS coach Kelly Markol said.

On Saturday at Sawyer Field, Lauren McKenney went 3 for 4 with a grand slam to lead the purple and white in the continuation of a game that had been suspended. Jamie Mahoney went 3 for 3 with a pair of doubles, while Emmalee Waite and Hannah Wilson each finished with two hits. Wilson (6 K's, 5 hits) picked up the victory.

During their 4-0 win in Rutland, Hailey Derosia, Mahoney, Waite and Duff all chipped in with a couple of hits. Derosia and Millerick each drove in two runs. Wilson (6 K's, 0 BB) fired a three-hit shutout.

"Hannah pitched a nice game. She had good command of her pitches and kept them off balance," stated coach Markol.

TRACK AND FIELD

ESSEX JUNCTION >> Brattleboro's John Lonardo (discus), Jonah Goldenbird (pole vault), Jasper Reed (long jump and triple jump), Dan Burdo (long jump), Dani Wood (100), Delaney Bullock (800 and 1500), and Kai Boyd (javelin) all qualified for the New England meet by placing in the top six at the Essex Invitational.


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Qualifying for Bellows Falls were: DJ Snide (110 hurdles and 300 hurdles and triple jump), Shane Clark (javelin), Reno Tuttle (shot put and discus), Chris Doucet (high jump and pole vault), and Keri Ticino (pole vault and javelin). Snide finished first in the 110 hurdles and broke the Division 3 record with a time of 14.86 seconds.

Also qualifying was the Bellows Falls girls 4x800 relay team of Alice Salter-Roy, Sophie Hyslop, Megan Banik and Fallon Vancor, along with Brattleboro's 4x100 and 4x800 boys relay teams and 4x800 girls relay team.

BOYS LACROSSE

BENNINGTON >> Evan Perkins had a hat trick during Brattleboro's 8-6 loss to rival Mount Anthony Union in Friday's regular-season finale.

Jack Gagnon tallied twice for the Colonels, who fell behind 6-3 in the opening half. Nate Tyler finished with one goal and one assist. And Griffin Lynde was outstanding in net, going toe to toe with one of the best goalies in the state.

"Both teams played with a lot of effort today. We came into the game 2-13, but our kids showed up and played with intensity and character," said BUHS coach Chris Sawyer. "We saw some great play from many of our younger players who are starting to set themselves up for success next season. And our seniors should feel good about how they played and finished it off."

LITTLE LEAGUE

BRATTLEBORO >> Jack Pattison had two hits, including his first Little League home run, leading the Red Sox past the Pirates 12-2. He also threw four innings of one-run ball. Aaron Petrie chipped in with three hits, including a three-run double that ended the game. Ryan Bird and Harper Cutler also delivered base knocks that helped the Sox earn their sixth win. Alex Carpenter threw well for the Bucs and added a base hit in the fourth. Patrick Gagliardi called a strong game behind the plate and contributed a late hit.

Caden Wood pitched two clutch innings of relief and belted his fourth homer of the season as the Cardinals nipped the Giants, 4-3. Elias Gradinger threw four effective innings in the start. Makai Gardilcic, Dallin Wachtelhausen and TJ St. John all came around to score for the Cards. The Giants got a great start from Justin Aither Jr. who also hit a double. Sam Hall continued his torrid streak of hitting with a double and a triple.

Alex Bingham threw a one-hit shutout and the A's annihilated the Reds 9-0. He also had a hit and scored two runs. The A's got excellent outfield defense from Morgan VanIderstine. Zinabu McNeice showcased his strong arm and scored a run. Charlie Clark, Cameron Frost, Keagan Systo and Brandon Weeks scored runs for the Athletics. The Reds got five solid innings from Willem Thurber in his first Little League start. Derek Parson had the Reds' lone hit and made a tumbling catch in the outfield.

SAXTONS RIVER PIRATES

SAXTONS RIVER >> The Saxtons River Pirates came out on the short end of their four-game weekend in Burlington and Fairfax. They lost to St. Albans 14–8 and to the Burlington Brewers 7-1 on Saturday, and fell to St. Albans 10-0 and to Williamstown, Mass. 5-2 on Sunday. Isaac Bissell, Jesse Ballard, Steve Jurkiewiez, and Jesse Bashaw all had two-hit games for the Pirates. Alex Drost, Ballard, Jeremy Gilcris, and Marty Vallender all pitched well. The Pirates will travel to Williamstown, Mass for a doubleheader on June 5.