ENOSBURG — The U-32 softball team earned its first semifinal berth since 2002 with Friday’s 16-9 victory over Enosburg.
Winning pitcher Grace Johnson gave up nine hits and recorded two strikeouts in the complete-game effort. Losing pitcher Dana Elkins allowed 16 hits and struck out five batters over six innings.
The Hornets built a 6-4 lead in the third inning before the Raiders pulled ahead 9-4 in the fourth. U-32’s offense added two insurance runs in the fifth before scoring twice in the sixth and three times in the seventh. Johnson limited the Hornets to two runs over the final three innings. U-32 outhit Enosburg 18-9 and both teams committed five errors.
U-32’s Allie Guthrie went 3-for-5 offensively. She belted a solo home run in the second inning and also connected for a double. Sage Winner and Cady Burgess both went 3-for-5 at the plate and fellow Raider Alex Smith was 2-for-5 with a triple. Johnson and Faith Hall were each 2-for-4 offensively and teammate Brianna Rich added a double. Ali Dash went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer for Enosburg (11-4).
U-32 (9-6) will travel to play No. 2 Otter Valley (14-4) for Tuesday’s 4:30 p.m. semifinal.
Oxbow 10, Leland & Gray 2
BRADFORD — Olympians ace Madison Fornwalt threw a five-hitter Friday, triggering a Division III quarterfinal victory over the Rebels.
Fornwalt recorded 16 strikeouts and issued one walk. Losing pitcher Abby Lowe registered four strikeouts, issued eight walks and gave up 13 hits. Second-seeded Oxbow (15-1) will host a 4:30 p.m. semifinal on Tuesday against either No. 3 White River (13-2) or No. 6 Windsor (7-9). The No. 7 Rebels end the season at 9-9.
Oxbow’s Schyler Hanzas went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Teammate Kaysea Neil went 2-for-5 with a triple and scored two runs. Melanie Neil also scored twice for the Olympians, who plated five runs in the third inning.
“We were down 2-0 after two,” Oxbow coach Carl Hildebrand said. “We had a big third inning and used a lot of patience and disciplined batting, so we made their pitcher go deep in the count.”
St. Johnsbury 8, GMVS 7
FAYSTON — Lilly Leach (four goals) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal Friday, lifting the No. 6 Hilltoppers past the No. 3 Gumbies in Division II quarterfinal action.
Ella Ceppetelli added two goals in the victory. GMVS was led by Molly Queally (five goals), Julia Brophy (one goal) and Erika Wiebe (one goal). Goalie Grace Phelps turned away eight shots for St. Johnsbury, while goalie Molly Quinlan kept GMVS within striking distance by making 14 saves.
St. Johnsbury jumped out to a 5-2 lead 15 minutes into the game. GMVS closed the gap to a single goal with 11 seconds left to play, but the Hilltoppers won the ensuing draw control to deny the Gumbies’ bid for a third straight title appearance. St. Johnsbury (6-7) will face either No. 2 U-32 (10-3) or No. 7 Stowe (7-7) in Tuesday’s 4:30 p.m. semifinal. GMVS ends the season at 9-3.
Montpelier 15, South Burlington 6
MONTPELIER — Anders Shenholm played a vital role in the No. 1 Solons’ quarterfinal victory over the No. 8 Wolves on Friday.
“Anders had multiple laser throws to the end zone for spectacular assists, and relatively short plays that resulted in scores,” MHS coach Anne Watson said. “He was involved in over half of the scoring stats, either as the person who threw the assist or as the person who caught the goal. There was one particular goal from Gavin Corbett-Valade to Anders that required Anders to have a full-extension, superman-style layout. And he caught it.”
Hayden Ellms added three assists and two goals for MHS. Corbett-Valade, Silvan Avery-Padberg and Kaleth Torrens-Martin also caught two goals apiece.
“We had both a strong short game and a strong long game,” Watson said. “That makes us very difficult to guard.
Montpelier (12-0) will host either No. 4 Essex (9-3) or No. 5 Rice (9-4) in Tuesday’s 4:30 pm. semifinal.