Brattleboro boys defeated on the courts

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BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Union High School varsity boys tennis team fell to Rutland, 5-2, on Monday.

The Colonels grabbed an early 2-1 lead, thanks to singles victories by Josh Nordheim and Ari Essunfeld. Brattleboro's No. 1 doubles team of Tyler Eisenmenger and Abe Moore Odell then lost in a tiebreaker, 11-9.

"Abe and Tyler scrapped and fought for every point," noted first-year BUHS coach Ben Brewer, whose team dropped to 2-5 on the season.

Brattleboro's Ben Luna, who is a talented freshman, then went down in a three-set super tiebreaker. After losing the first set 6-4, Luna battled back to take the second set 7-5. He would lose 10-8 in the tiebreaker.

"I was encouraged by the way our team fought and never gave up," mentioned Brewer, adding that he is impressed by the leadership that Essunfeld and Forest Zabriskie provide on a daily basis.

Softball

BRATTLEBORO — Bella Powell, Leah Madore, Mya McAuliffe, Lauren McKenney, Hailey Derosia and Rachael Rooney all had a couple of hits as the Brattleboro varsity softball team topped Rutland 14-1 on Monday at Sawyer Field.

The Colonels pulled away with a seven-run third inning, highlighted by McKenney's three-run double. Derosia later belted a two-run homer in the fifth.

Derosia and Madore combined for a one-hitter. They struck out 10 and four batters respectively.

The 8-1 Colonels will play at rival MAU (3-2) on Saturday at 1 p.m. after Tuesday's game in Bennington was postponed. The Patriots won the first meeting of the season, 12-5.

Baseball

POULTNEY — Christian Thomsen fanned four, walked three and hit two batters as Leland & Gray outscored Poultney 8-4 on Monday.

"He didn't have his best stuff, but he battled through a lineup that has some decent hitters in it," mentioned winning coach Marty Testo.

Chris Bovat and Kaie Quigley each went 2-for-4 to power the Rebels offensively. Kristian Pierson and Thomsen each drove in a couple of runs for Leland & Gray (5-3).

In Windsor, Jack Brown struck out 11 batters and Bellows Falls defeated the host Yellowjackets 11-1 in five innings. It was the third win in a row for 4-6 Bellows Falls, which also downed Springfield 13-11 and beat Mill River 11-1 during this streak.

Area Schedule

Wednesday

Twin Valley softball hosts Woodstock, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Bellows Falls softball at Windsor, 4:30 p.m.

Bellows Falls baseball at Burr and Burton, 4:30 p.m.

Brattleboro girls tennis hosts Burr and Burton, 4:30 p.m.

Brattleboro boys tennis at Woodstock, 4:30 p.m.

Brattleboro girls lacrosse hosts MAU, 7 p.m.

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Thursday

Brattleboro boys tennis hosts MAU, 4 p.m.

Leland & Gray ultimate disc hosts Burr and Burton, 4 p.m.

Twin Valley softball at Leland & Gray, 4:30 p.m.

Brattleboro softball hosts Keene, 5 p.m.

Brattleboro baseball hosts Keene, 7 p.m.

Brattleboro boys lacrosse hosts Burr and Burton, 7 p.m.

Friday

Hinsdale softball hosts Farmington, 4 p.m.

Leland & Gray baseball hosts White River Valley, 4:30 p.m.

Brattleboro girls tennis at Rutland, 4:30 p.m.

Brattleboro boys tennis hosts Hartford, 4:30 p.m.

Leland & Gray ultimate disc at Sharon Academy, 5 p.m.

Saturday

Grace Cottage 5K road race, 8:30 a.m.

Hinsdale track at Hanover, 9 a.m.

Bellows Falls track at Hanover, 9 a.m.

Brattleboro track at Hanover, 9 a.m.

Brattleboro boys lacrosse at Monadnock, 11 a.m.

Brattleboro girls lacrosse at Keene, 11 a.m.

Bellows Falls baseball at Springfield, 1 p.m.

Brattleboro softball at MAU, 1 p.m.

Twin Valley softball at Proctor, 2:30 p.m.

Bellows Falls softball at Springfield, 7 p.m.


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