BARRE — The Mount Abraham softball team made the most of its five hits during Friday’s 4-1 victory over Spaulding.
The Eagles scored one run in the third inning and used a three-run fourth inning to tame the Tide. Abby Hoff started off the fourth inning by reaching base with a walk. She scored on a triple by Erica Tracey. Shea Layn followed with a one-run single and crossed home on a double by Molly Murray.
Spaulding tallied its only run in the sixth inning after Kyle Harris kicked things off with a single. Harris stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored after a dropped third strike against Emily Cetin.
Winning pitcher Rudy Ball silenced the Tide in the seventh to earn the complete-game victory. She recorded 10 strikeouts, issued six walks and allowed four hits. Cetin pitched all seven innings for the Tide, recording two strikeouts and issuing one walk. Murray went 3-for-4 with two doubles for the Eagles, while Brianna Storti, Grace Hardaker and Mariah Hoar added hits for Spaulding.
“Mariah was really patient at the plate and got a couple walks,” Spaulding coach Kody Lyon said.
Spaulding will host Vergennes at 11 a.m. Saturday.
U-32 22, Thetford 15
EAST MONTPELIER — The Raiders were staring at a five-run deficit entering the fourth inning before rallying to an eight-inning victory over the Panthers on Friday.
Allie Guthrie clobbered a double and belted a grand slam in the top of the seventh inning to spark U-32’s comeback. Thetford was playing as the home team and opened up a 6-1 lead in the second inning. U-32 knotted the score at 6 during the fourth inning.
Thetford extended its lead to 8-6 in the sixth inning and then U-32 pulled ahead 13-8 in the top of the seventh. The Panthers responded with five runs in the bottom of the frame to force extra innings. But U-32 exploded for nine runs in the eighth inning to have the final word. The Raiders outhit the Panthers 20-11 and capitalized on seven Thetford errors.
Winning pitcher Elizabeth Guthrie gave up eight hits and recorded two strikeouts over six innings. Losing pitcher Lily Vaughan allowed 20 hits and recorded five strikeouts over eight innings. Becca Wells went 3-for-6 at the plate.
U-32’s Maia Castonguay went 4-for-5 at the plate with a home run in the second inning. Teammate Sage Winner went 3-for-6 with a double and a three-run homer in the eighth inning, while Guthrie was also 3-for-6. Alex Smith, Ruby Singer and Cady Burgess had two hits apiece in the victory and fellow Raider Brianna Rich added a double.
MORRISVILLE — Two home runs by Adele Biasini powered the Wolves during Friday’s victory.
Peoples led 3-2 after the first inning and the score was knotted at 5 after two innings. PA built an 8-5 lead in the fourth. Williamstown tied the game again in the fifth inning, only to watch Peoples push across four runs in the sixth inning.
Leah Cole and Brianna McLaughlin had two hits apiece for the Blue Devils. Teammate Brittany Hood singled and scored two runs. Winning pitcher Amy Yando allowed eight hits, recorded three strikeouts and issued seven walks over seven innings. Reese Clayton and McLaughlin pitched for Williamstown. Clayton gave up five hits over two innings. McLaughlin allowed five hits over five innings.
MSJ 16, Twinfield 14
PLAINFIELD — Pitcher Sophie Markowski went the distance and had three hits as Mount St. Joseph earned its first softball victory since the program’s resurrection.
The Mounties led the whole way and scored six in the seventh, padding their lead to prevent a Twinfield comeback. Markowski shut out the Trojans for the first three innings.
“It’s a super exciting feeling,” said MSJ coach Keleigh LaBlanc. “I don’t know how the kids feel but ... I don’t have words.”
Ella Paquin and Tori Tracy helped lead the offense and Tracy started a double play in the first inning. The Mounties shortstop went back to catch a ball in shallow left and then doubled off the runners with a strong throw to first baseman Makayla Williams.
Twinfield, which beat MSJ in a runaway earlier this season, falls to 2-10.