MONTPELIER — The Montpelier girls Ultimate team capped a regular-season sweep over St. Johnsbury during Thursday’s 15-1 victory.
“Mikaela Luke-Currier made some deadly up-line cuts that led to scores and good opportunities to look deep,” MHS coach Nolan Benoit said. “Mae Browning’s quick disc movement allowed us to break their zone, forcing them to revert to person defense — where we thrive. And Nadia Scoppettone’s defense against their strongest player was also key to shutting them down.”
The Solons were especially strong in the second half, handing the Hilltoppers their third straight loss.
“Our first half was full of turnovers,” Benoit said. “But after taking some time to refocus, we cleaned things up. We relied on our handler reset to generate upfield movement and were able to be much more efficient.”
The Solons allowed the Hilltoppers to reach the end zone once after posting a shutout during their early-season meeting. Montpelier (5-0) has been dominant every match, securing a 15-0 victory over South Burlington, a 15-1 win over Lyndon and a 15-3 victory over CVU. Benoit’s team will travel to the 28th Annual Amherst (Mass.) Invitational on Saturday.
Montpelier 15, St. Johnsbury 4
ST. JOHNSBURY — The Solons refused to back down Thursday, beating the Hilltoppers for the second time in nine days. Last week MHS faced a tougher battle during a 15-9 win over St. Johnsbury. There was no shortage of penalties in the rematch, but the Solons kept plugging away amid all the restarts.
“While there were a lot of calls made by players, both sides remained respectful,” MHS coach Anne Watson said. “Colin Desch and Silvan Avery-Padberg had great pulls that set the team up for good initial defensive positioning.”
Harwood 10, Lyndon 0
LYNDON — Soccer and hockey standout Skylar Platt had a few tricks up his sleeve on the baseball diamond Thursday.
The freshman made his second appearance of the season on the mound and turned some heads during a complete-game victory. He recorded six strikeouts, issued one walk and gave us three hits against the Division I Vikings. As a result, the D-II Highlanders collected crucial index points for the upcoming playoffs.
“Skylar is a lefty with a good fastball and a good curve, and he just threw strikes today,” Harwood coach Mitch Casey said. “He threw 95 pitches, so he kept his pitch count down, and he kept kids off the base.”
Platt went 2-for-5 at the plate with a double. Teammate Cam Joslin went 3-for-5, while Adyn Oshkello (two-run single) reinforced his reputation as a super sub. Harwood pushed across six runs in the fifth inning, thanks to a pair of hits, one error, a hit batter and multiple walks.
“It’s good to see the kids play the way they can,” Casey said. “We had a couple errors, but they didn’t hurt us. There were not many walks, we hit well and we ran the bases well. All the things we’re working on in practice are finally coming together.”
Harwood (2-2) will host a pair of games Saturday. The Highlanders will face Thetford at 11 a.m. before playing Vergennes at 1:30 p.m.
Lamoille 8, Montpelier 0
MONTPELIER — A four-hour game on Wednesday left the Solons a bit depleted Thursday against the Lancers.
Montpelier gave up six runs in the first inning and never generated enough offense to recover. The Lancers recorded a double and two singles in the opening inning. They also capitalized on three walks and two balks in the opening frame. Winning pitcher Jake Vance threw a no-hitter, recording 13 strikeouts and issuing two walks. Losing pitcher Aidan Murphy racked up eight strikeouts, issued six walks and allowed four hits in the complete-game effort.
“They jumped on us early and that was pretty much the game,” MHS coach JB McCarthy said. “And the way (Vance) was pitching, it was hard to come back. But our pitcher settled down and he retired the side in the second inning. Aidan caught all 11 innings (Wednesday) and he was the only guy I had left to go today. I don’t know how he did it, because these kids didn’t get much sleep.”
Lyndon added insurance runs in the fourth and seventh innings. Montpelier’s Micah Bloomberg attempted to break up the no-hit bid in the bottom of the seventh, reaching base on a close play that involved an error. Montpelier will travel to play Lyndon at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Missisquoi 7, Spaulding 6
SWANTON – The Division II Thunderbirds edged the D-I Crimson Tide during Thursday’s nine-inning game.
Spaulding built a 2-1 lead in the first inning and led 6-3 entering the bottom of the fifth. Missisquoi scored one run in the fifth, one in the sixth and another in the seventh to tie the score. In the bottom of the ninth inning Patrick Walker reached base on a leadoff walk. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Avery Feeley and scored on a one-out single up the middle by Kevin Adams.
Relief pitcher Colbey Theberge earned the victory, while starter Adam Rice lasted three-plus innings. Theberge gave up five hits and recorded two strikeouts. Teammate Adam Rice went 2-for-5 with a single, a double and two RBIs. Spaulding’s Seth Poirier was 2-for-5.
Missisquoi (4-4) will face Milton at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Crimson Tide (3-4) will host BFA-Fairfax at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Missisquoi 13, Spaulding 1
BARRE — Winning pitcher Emilia Palmer and reliever Natalie Harvey both registered seven strikeouts during Thursday’s runaway victory.
Palmer gave up two hits and issued two walks during the first four innings. Harvey also allowed two hits while issuing one walk. Losing pitcher Emily Cetin recorded two strikeouts and issued four walks over seven innings. Grace Hardaker paced the Crimson Tide at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two doubles. Marley Ostrout had a one-run double and Cetin added a single.
The Tide executed a few sharp defensive plays to gain some confidence heading into the final weeks of the regular season. During the second inning Izzy Wilder, Hardaker and Kyle Harris combined efforts for a putout at home plate. In the fourth inning Harris caught a pop-up bunt and made a throw for a force-out at second base for a double play.
“Brittany Mattot plays left field and she is really shining,” Spaulding coach Kody Lyon said. “Her leadership has stepped up, her voice has stepped up and she received our Player of the Game award. She was catching balls left and right, and she caught a lot of balls that were hit deep over her shoulder. And of course Grace really stepped up at the plate today. Defensively we’re solid right now. We just need to string some hits together and produce more runs.”
Spaulding (2-5) will host BFA-Fairfax at 4 p.m. Monday.
U-32 17, Northfield 13
EAST MONTPELIER — The Raiders outhit the Marauders 14-7 but needed a six-run sixth inning to lock up Thursday’s victory.
Northfield led 1-0 after the first inning before the Raiders tied the game in the second. U-32 pulled ahead 5-1 in the third but the Marauders opened up a 9-5 lead in the top of the fourth. The Raiders answered in the bottom of the fourth to grab a 10-9 advantage. Northfield didn’t miss a beat in the top of the fifth, pulling ahead 13-10. The Raiders added one run in the bottom of the fifth and Elizabeth Guthrie hit a bases-loaded triple in the sixth inning, pushing U-32 in front for good. Guthrie wound up going 3-for-5 with a double and four RBIs.
U-32 pitcher Brianna Rich entered the game with two outs in the fourth inning and earned the victory. She gave up two hits and recorded four strikeouts. Losing pitcher Dana Stone struck out five batters during six innings. Offensively, U-32’s Alex Smith was 4-for-5 and Rich was 2-for-5. Dana Stone, Kaitlyn Stone and Abby Jarvis had two hits apiece for the Marauders.
Danville 15, Williamstown 0
DANVILLE — Lilly Therrien and the Indians cruised to their fifth straight victory Thursday.
Danville scored one run in the first inning and added three more in the second. The Indians made it 10-0 in the third and slammed the door with a four-run sixth inning.
Therrien went 3-for-5 with a double and a triple. Teammate Carlie Beliveau was 2-for-5 with a double. Therrien earned the complete-game victory on the mound after striking out four batters. Reese Clayton recorded the lone hit for Williamstown. Clayton and Leah Cole combined efforts on the mound.
Williamstown (4-4) will travel to play Peoples at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.