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Local Playoff Roundup

by Ken Brown

Twinfield-Cabot Girls’ Fall in Opening Round

CRAFTSBURY – The Twinfield-Cabot girls’ softball team’s season came to an end last week with a first round loss to Craftsbury Academy (CA) in the first round of the Division IV playoffs.

Savannah Boyce struck out seven in a complete game effort to lead Craftsbury Academy to a 19-6 home playoff win over the Lady Trojans last Tuesday. Boyce, Ella Gillespie, and Sadie Skorstad combined for six hits to lead CA’s offense. Maddi Duke and Kimmie DeBona each had a double and two RBI’s and Carley Mancini added two hits in the loss for Twinfield-Cabot as they ended the year at 1-14. Co-coaches Christin Martin and Summer Haverick will look to continue to build their young program as they return a full squad of experienced underclassmen in 2023.

“We had a hard time getting our batting going and making some easy plays early, but the girls settled down and put together some nice rallies in the fourth and fifth innings. We didn’t have any seniors on the team this season so Summer and I look forward to continuing to build the program and developing the girls’ skills next season. We couldn’t be happier with how they’ve shown improvement over the course of the season and we’re proud of how they kept a positive attitude and supported each other even when we weren’t winning,” said Martin.

Lake Region Holds off Peoples Academy in First Round

ORLEANS – Mikayla Richardson struck out six in a complete game effort to lead Lake Region to a home playoff win over Peoples Academy (PA) last Tuesday in the opening round of the Division III softball playoffs.

Destiny Glover belted two doubles and drove in three and Sakoya Sweeney had three hits and a pair of RBI’s to lead the Lady Rangers fifteen hit attack. Hazen Union’s Sarah Collier led the Lady Wolves with two hits and Emily Ward and Avianna Vein combined for two hits and a pair of RBI’s in the loss. Tiffany Parker took the loss in the circle for PA as they ended the season at 2-10. Collier, Haley Michaud, Baylie Christensen, Lillian Hayden, Marta Mas Garrigo, and Eleonora Andrenelli represented Hazen on the PA roster all spring. 

Danville Girls Poised to Defend Title

DANVILLE – The Danville softball team began their Division IV title defense last Friday, handling Northfield 14-2 at home and advancing to their seventh straight Final Four. 

Zoe Crocker powered the Bear offense with a pair of doubles, a triple, and four RBI’s. Colleen Flinn went the distance in the circle, fanning six Lady Marauders to earn the win. Danville improved to 11-2 on the season and hosted sixth seeded Richford on Tuesday in the Division IV semifinals. 

On the boys’ side, Danville fell to Arlington 5-1 on the road last Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the Division IV baseball playoffs. Cannon Pentry struck out nine and allowed three hits to earn the win for Arlington who advances to the Division IV Final Four. Twinfield-Cabot’s Meles Gouge was on the Bear’s roster all spring and a key contributor to their 6-9 season. 

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