TOWNSHEND — Jeremy Bovat went 3 for 3 at the plate and also drove in three runs to help the No. 1 Leland & Gray baseball team to an 11-4 win over eighth-seeded Oxbow in Friday's Division 3 quarterfinal.
"We're putting the ball in play and forcing defenses to make plays," said Rebels coach Eric Durocher. "We can get a ton of hits, but we are also able to score in other ways."
Patrick McDonald went 2 for 3 for the winners, who took a 2-1 lead in the first frame and increased that to 5-1 in the second. Casper Rowe helped himself with a two-run single in the second, while Bovat and Nick Morrow crushed back-to-back triples in the sixth.
Rowe (4 K's) and Max Cramp did the pitching for the winners.
"Casper changes speeds and the height of his pitches. You've got to be ready to face him," noted Durocher. "Oxbow chose not to take battng practice when they got here."
The 15-2 Rebels will host No. 5 Windsor (10-8) in today's semifinal at 4:30 p.m.
Bellows Falls 7, Lake Region 6
ORLEANS >> Zach Streeter pitched five innings of relief to get the win in Friday's Division 2 quarterfinal. He fanned one, walked two and gave up five hits.
Alex Groenewold had a couple of hits for the sixth-seeded Terriers (10-8), who will play at second-seeded U-32 (14-4) in today's semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Fifth-ranked Harwood will welcome No. 8 Mount Abraham in the other Final 4 matchup.
U-32 advanced with a 1-0 decision over Fair Haven. Zack Campbell was the hero in that defensive struggle as he smacked an inside-the-park home run.
MIDDLEBURY >> The No. 6 Brattleboro softball team lost to third-ranked Middlebury, 6-3, in Friday's Division 1 quarterfinal.
"MIddlebury capitalized on every mistake we made," said BUHS coach Kelly Markol, whose team made four miscues and had an obstruction call go against them in the first two frames.
Hannah Wilson suffered the loss. She struck out two and gave up seven hits.
"I will really miss the two seniors, Bridget Duff and Hannah Wilson. They are great kids and truly possessed leadership skills this season," commented coach Markol.
Devin Millerick went 4 for 4 to lead the Brattleboro offense. Wilson and Emmalee Waite each went 2 for 4, with Waite driving two runs in. Hailey Derosia, Mariah Powers and Jamie Mahoney all hit safely.
"I am very proud of the progress these kids made throughout the season. They were an outstanding group of kids who worked hard, supported one another and played their hearts out. They are the types of kids who make coaching so enjoyable and I felt privileged to coach these kids. We were really young and continued to make strides throughout the season," stated Markol, whose team ended up with a 13-5 mark.
TRACK AND FIELD
Bellows Falls swept the Division 3 State Championship meets in Chester on Saturday, with the Terrier girls beating runner-up Oxbow by just three points and the BF boys racking up 148 points to defeat silver medalist Thetford by 21 points.
DJ Snide struck gold in the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and triple jump to lead the Bellows Falls boys to a four-peat. Chris Doucet prevailed in the high jump, Reno Tuttle finished first in the discus, Shane Clark took the javelin, and BF's 4x100 relay team of Cameron Joy, Sawyer Reis, Chris McKeen and Connor Smith was also victorious.
Winning individual events for the BF girls were Savannah Bradbury (discus), Keri Ticino (pole vault) and Michelle Marchica (triple jump). Also capturing a title was the 4x800 relay team of Reaghan Baldasaro, Faith Byfield, Sophia Hyslop and Alice Salter-Roy.
At the Division 1 meet in Burlington on Saturday, Brattleboro's boys and girls teams placed fifth and eighth respectively. Jasper Reed won the long jump and the triple jump to pace the BUHS boys, while Kai Boyd earned silver in the javelin to lead the Colonel girls.
BRATTLEBORO >> Sam Henry, Jack Pattison, Aaron Petrie, Owen Gallagher and Brock Longe all had multiple hits as the Red Sox edged the Cardinals, 8-7. Caden Wood had a four-hit game for the Redbirds, including a pair of booming triples.
The Reds defeated the Pirates 18-8, behind multi-hit games from Derek Parsons, Alex Palomba and Turner Clews. Alex Carpenter racked up three hits to power the Bucs.
Alex Bingham had four hits, Zinabu McNeice finished with three hits and Alex McClelland had two hits as the A's improved to 11-0 with a 15-3 rout of the Giants. Forrester Avard pitched well for the G-men, which got a lead-off triple from Magnus VanKrusenstiern.
HINSDALE, N.H. >> The Hinsdale Recreation Department has openings for coed softball teams interested in playing on Friday nights and Sunday mornings at Hinsdale Sportsmans field. The fee is $350 per team. Rosters need to be handed in at the time of payment.There is no limit to roster size. There must be five men and five women on the field and coed rules will be used. Contact Carl Anderson at 1-892-579-4931 or email email@example.com if you have any questions