Local Sports Briefs
Leland & Gray girls inch out win at opener
TOWNSHEND -- A walk-off double by Kori Griffin gave the Leland & Gray softball team a thrilling 8-7 victory over Mill River in Wednesday's season opener.
With the score tied at 7-7 in the bottom of the seventh, Leah Gokey started it with a pinch-hit single, Emily Thibault drew a walk, and Griffin doubled home Gokey to end it.
"She was 0-for-3 on the day," said Rebels coach Tammy Claussen of Griffin. "I just told her to relax, and that if she got a hit the game would be over with. It was a beautiful double."
The winners finished with 11 hits, including four doubles. Ashley Goddard paced Leland & Gray with three hits and three RBIs, while Jacqueline Hazard went 2-for-4.
Winning pitcher Elizabeth Symanski fanned seven, walked five and gave up seven hits. Her team had a 7-2 lead until Mill River exploded for five runs in the sixth to pull even.
"I was very pleased with her pitching performance, no doubt," noted Claussen.
The 1-0 Rebels will host Green Mountain on Friday afternoon.
Amherst 4, Brattleboro 3
BRATTLEBORO -- The Colonels swept the top three singles spots in Wednesday's opener, but failed to pick up a win in the other four matches.
"The top three singles players are competitive and they are going to win a lot of matches this season," said BUHS coach Justin Duncan.
Isaiah Ungerleider defeated Amherst's James Kirwan 6-2, 6-1 in the top spot; Asa Lane took care of Ankrish Milne 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2 singles; and Benson May battled back to beat Aidan Lieth 4-6, 6-4, 10-7 at third singles.
The 0-1 Colonels will play at Rutland on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Mascenic 10, Hinsdale 0
HINSDALE, N.H. -- The Pacers lost against visiting Mascenic on a 10-run rule, 10-0, in the fifth inning of a varsity contest held Wednesday afternoon.
Hinsdale pitcher Hunter Brooks took the loss, giving up four earned runs over four hits, allowing Mascenic to take a 4-0 lead by the end of the first inning.
"Brooks had a rough start, then we melted down in the fourth," said Hinsdale coach Brad Venice. The Pacers had four errors that inning, which let Mascenic rack up another six runs.
Matt Boggio and Anthony Gringeri each had a hit apiece for the hosts.
The 0-2 Pacers will host Pittsfield on Friday, April 26 at 4 p.m.
Viens places 8th
BELLOWS FALLS -- Nolan Viens finished his regular season participating in the annual High School National Wrestling tournament in Virginia Beach, Va. The top wrestlers in each high school grade participate in the event. Viens, a junior, had 82 of some of the best wrestlers across the nation in his 145-pound weight class.
After the three day event from April 4-6, and nine matches later, Viens finished the event taking 8th place. The top eight wrestlers in each weight class are considered All American Wrestlers.
The first day, Nolan went 1-1. He defeated Mitchel Wentlaff of Minnesota 8-0 in his first match. He then faced a tough Slater Johnson from Texas and lost that match by pin in the second period.
The second day was the most exciting for Viens. In order to stay alive and obtain All-American status, Viens needed to win five-straight matches. He did go 5-0, defeating Aaron Travers from Rhode Island 3-0, Colin Boylin from New Jersey 3-0, Pete Hilburn from New Jersey 3-1, Cole Diguiseppi from Pennsylvania 4-0, and Russel Ramsey also from Pennsylvania 4-0.
This was one of Vien's toughest days of wrestling in his career. He was able to battle hard against these five outstanding wrestlers. On day three having been banged up pretty good, Viens fought hard but fell short to two different New Jersey wrestlers. He finished the tournament with a 6-3 record.
"This is certainly another first in my 17 years coaching at Bellows Falls," stated coach Claude Weyant. "Viens has had quite an outstanding season, winning the State Championship, placing fifth at the New England tournament in the beginning of March and now placing 8th at the Nationals. He has come a long way since he first started as a freshman."
Austin Viens, a sophomore, also participated at the tournament. He fought hard but went 0-2. He lost his first match to an outstanding wrestler from Pennsylvania in a close 2-0 score. He was defeated by his opponent from California in his second match.
"This was a great finale to the season," stated Weyant. "The Viens brothers along with the majority of the team continue to work off-season in preperation to what looks to be an exciting season next year for the Bellows Falls-Hartford team. With all eight team members returning along with five experienced junior high wrestlers entering the program next year, things are going to get pretty exciting."
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