WILLIAMSTOWN — It took 11 innings and all the daylight available for the Montpelier baseball team to pull out an 11-6 victory over Williamstown during Wednesday’s back-and-forth thriller.
“We were up 4-2, they tied it at 4, they went up 5-4 and we tied it again,” Montpelier coach J.B. McCarthy said. “Both teams had their chances.”
The Blue Devils held a one-run lead going into the top of the seventh inning, but MHS pushed one run across to tie the score. The Solons scored in the eighth inning but the Blue Devils answered in the bottom of the frame.
The game remained tied until the 11th inning, when Montpelier tacked on five runs to pull away for good. Avery Paull pitched five innings for the Solons and Marshall Donaghue (game-tying double) came in during the sixth to earn the win.
Williamstown’s top hitters were Jacob Tassie (two-run double), Lucas Vasseur (2-for-5, two RBIs) and Gabe Dexter (2-for-5, two runs scored). Williamstown’s Carson Corriveau pitched the first five innings, giving up three earned runs and six hits while striking out eight batters and issuing one walk. Dalton Cody took the loss after pitching three-plus innings. Gabe Dexter and Nolan Bean also pitched for the Blue Devils.
“I was super proud of all four of the pitchers who threw for us,” Williamstown coach Troy Busconi said. “We just didn’t play a high enough caliber of defense today, and some missed plays really hurt us.”
The Blue Devils (4-2) will travel to play Danville at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Montpelier (4-1) will host Lamoille at Recreation Field at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Randolph 6, Oxbow 1
BRADFORD — Galloping Ghosts pitcher James Grandy went the distance on Wednesday, scattering five hits to help his team earn its second victory in 24 hours.
Grandy issued three walks and kept the Olympians off-balance all game with seven strikeouts. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second inning and retired the side in order during the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Randolph scored five runs in the fourth for a 5-1 lead.
Fritz Hauser went 2-for-3 with a home run for the Ghosts. Teammates Kurt Engel (home run), Ben Osha (triple) and Grandy (3-for-4) were also hot offensively. Oxbow’s Cody Grant took the loss after pitching the first five innings.
“I’m proud of the way that they’re starting to come together as a team,” Randolph coach Gary Curley said. “They’re starting to get it and we played with enthusiasm and energy today. We don’t have a star, but we’re getting production up and down the lineup. And it’s starting to play off.”
Randolph (5-3) will host U-32 for a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Oxbow 22, Randolph 0
BRADFORD — Olympians ace Madison Fornwalt threw a one-hitter Wednesday and belted a double and a home run at the plate. Fornwalt recorded nine strikeouts and issued two walks on the mound. Teammates Emma Parkin and Aspen Longmoore also clobbered home runs, while Sierra Longmoore went 3-for-5 with two doubles.
Otter Valley 8, Montpelier 4
BRANDON — The Solons battled hard with only 12 players, but the Otters’ depth was a key factor in the end. Quinn Mills (three goals, one assist) and Sina Fillahi scored for Montpelier and teammate Winslow Monde made 12 saves in goal. Hayden Gallo (four goals) and Ethan Sulik-Doty (two goals) paced Otter Valley’s offense, while goalie Alec Stevens (nine saves) made some big time stops to keep his team in front. Montpelier (1-4 ) will travel to play GMVS at 4 p.m. Monday.
Milton 12, U-32 7
EAST MONTPELIER — The Raiders are still searching for their first victory after the Yellowjackets took control in the second half Wednesday.
U-32 held a 6-4 halftime lead, but Milton found a second wind down the stretch.
“Our team as a whole rose to the occasion today with a lot of energy and a lot of hard work both ways,” U-32 coach A.J. Waskow said. “It’s a team game and we are definitely playing that way, so it is awesome.”
U-32 (0-5) will travel to play St. Johnsbury at 4 p.m. Monday.
Hartford 13, GMVS 3
FAYSTON — Reese Thompson scored five goals to guide the Hurricanes past the Gumbies on Wednesday. Dawson Nallette (three goals) and Hunter Hutchinson (two goals) provided offensive balance for Hartford. Josh Valentine scored twice for GMVS, which trailed 7-1 at halftime.
U-32 7, Montpelier 0
EAST MONTPELIER — The Raiders didn’t drop a set as they dismantled the Solons in cool and windy conditions Wednesday.
“It was pretty gnarly out there with the wind today,” U-32 coach Garrett Washburn said. “Anything you put up in the air was a 50-50 shot at where it was going to go. It was 62 degrees, but the wind made it a little bit chillier than that.”
Joe Franco, Basil Humke, Owen Myka-Smith, Jacob Bradley and Jack Morris helped U-32 rule the singles action. Myka-Smith was forced to dig deep in the second set at No. 3 singles. After trailing 4-1, he rattled off five straight games to take the match. Finn Olsen and Kayl Humke won at No. 1 doubles and teammates Calen Kirkpatrick and Malone Bruce coasted at the No. 2 spot.
“They all played really well,” Washburn said. “Every single one of them had a different game plan going in. And they all stuck to their game plan.”
U-32 (3-1) will host Middlebury at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Montpelier (2-2) will travel to play Harwood the same day.
Joe Franco def. Ben Hancock-Song 6-2, 6-4
Basil Humke def. Josh Golonka 6-4, 6-0
Owen Myka-Smith def. Emmett Kolber 6-3, 6-4
Jacob Bradley def. Greg Golonka 6-3, 6-3
Jack Morris def. Willem Slade 6-2, 6-4
Finn Olsen and Kayl Humke def. Joseph Mensah and Ryan McSweeney 6-2, 6-4
Calen Kirkpatrick and Malone Bruce def. Mandi Adu-Aziz and Ben Gambill 6-0, 6-1
U-32 5, Montpelier 2
MONTPELIER — A pair of victories in third-set tiebreakers propelled the Raiders past the Solons during Wednesday’s cross-town duel.
U-32’s Ginger Knight rallied past Isabelle Boutin, 6-7(4), 6-3, 11-9, at No. 1 singles. Fellow Raider Sierra Henderson held on for a 7-5, 3-6, 11-9 victory over Christie Cecere at No. 5 singles. Raiders standout Lucy Krokenberger won another nail-biter at No. 2 singles, securing a 7-6(3), 6-3 victory over Meredith Stetter.
Eva Jessup and Addie Hannan were also singles winners for U-32. Montpelier’s Elizabeth Cossett and Grace Murphy triumphed at No. 1 doubles, while Evie Caserta and Daphne Lassner gave MHS another point at No. 2 doubles.
Ginger Knight (U) def. Isabelle Boutin 6-7(4), 6-3, 11-9
Lucy Krokenberger (U) def. Meredith Stetter 7-6(3), 6-3
Eva Jessup (U) def. Lily Gingold 6-4, 6-1
Addie Hannan (U) def. Dominique Savard 6-1, 6-2
Sierra Henderson (U) def. Christie Cecere 7-5, 3-6, 11-9
Elizabeth Cossett and Grace Murphy (M) def. Zoie Beauregard and Jasmine Toro 6-0, 6-1
Evie Caserta and Daphne Lassner (M) def. Tova Williams and Caitlin Dodge-Prescott 6-4, 6-2
Spaulding 6, Harwood 1
WATERBURY — The Crimson Tide bounced back from a close loss at the top singles spot to earn a landslide victory on Wednesday.
Claire McGeorge secured Harwood’s lone victory at No. 1 singles. Highlanders three-sport standout Lilianna Ziedins took her match to the limit at No. 2 singles, but Spaulding’s Megan Brier recovered from a rough second-set with a 6-2, 0-6, 10-8 victory.
“Megan had a tough loss last match, so for her to pull out that tiebreaker today was a good confidence booster,” Spaulding coach Kelly Cleveland said.
Spaulding’s No. 2 doubles team of Ashley Boisvert and Camden Kelly earned their first varsity win in commanding fashion, prevailing 6-0, 6-1. Aliza Lindley and Grace Paterson did not lose a single game at No. 2 doubles. Makayla Boisvert, Camryn Fewer and Halle Pletzer also earned points for the Crimson Tide.
Spaulding (2-2) will host North Country on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Harwood (0-3) will travel to play Montpelier the same day.