by Ken Brown
Lady Chargers Lose Heartbreaker to Northfield
NORTHFIELD – Northfield denied the Craftsbury Academy (CA) softball team their first victory of the season in the first round of the Division IV playoffs last Wednesday in an epic comeback.
Mya Sanders earned the victory in the circle for Northfield and also belted a game-tying three run homer in the sixth inning in a 10-9 win. Jessalynn Gravel had a two-run triple for CA and Sadie Skorstad turned a double play as Hazel Graham took the loss. The Lady Marauders fell to top-seeded Danville on Friday in the quarterfinals.
“It was tough to be so close to a playoff win and watch them come back, but I walked off the field as a very proud coach of those girls,” said head coach Ashley Gravel. “It’s incredible how far they’ve come skill-wise and they all seem very excited to come back next season and continue to build the program. We don’t have a single senior on the team, so I’m excited to continue to watch them grow as players,” added Gravel.
Poultney Ends Twinfield Union’s Season in Quarters
POULTNEY – A forfeit by Mount St. Joseph’s Academy in the first round earlier in the week earned the Twinfield Union softball team a matchup with second-seeded Poultney on Friday. Hannah Welch belted two doubles and Kaitlyn Delbonis added a triple to lead Poultney to a 25-3 home quarterfinal win over Twinfield. Delaney Fowler and Ida Astik combined for a pair of hits and RBIs for the Lady Trojans in the loss. Ginger Klarich struck out three in two innings of relief for Twinfield. Poultney (14-3) squared off against Proctor in the Division IV semifinals on Tuesday.
“They were a very good hitting team, but we knew that going in and the girls went into the challenge with a great attitude. We lose four seniors to graduation and have a young core coming back who are enthusiastic about growing the program. Getting this kind of playoff experience is invaluable. We are very happy with their effort and growth this season and are excited to keep building next season,” said head coach Christin Martin.
Hazen Union Athletes Shine for Peoples Academy in First Round
VERGENNES – Hazen Union’s Olivia Davison, Haley Michaud, and Bethany Collier combined for seven hits and four RBIs to lead Peoples Academy (PA) to a 15-9 upset road win over Vergennes last Tuesday in the first round of the Division III playoffs. Their season came to an end against Oxbow on Saturday in the quarterfinals. Hazen Union’s Bethany Conway and Edythe McKenzie joined the trio on the PA team this season, helping them to a 6-9 record.