FORT MYERS, Fla. - A ninth-inning rally by both teams led to a Southern Vermont College 10-9 loss to Knox College Thursday at the Fort Myers Player Development Complex in the Gene Cusic Classic.
Prairie Fire senior right fielder Caleb Weaver (Galesburg, Ill.) hit a blooper to right in the bottom of the ninth for the game-winning run to cross the plate
Knox moves to 3-1 on the season while Southern Vermont falls to 3-5.
Southern Vermont fought back to take the lead in the ninth. With one out, RJ Pingitore ripped one up the middle and pinch runner Dan Bergami scored on a Roland Hernandez double. A hard-hit liner by Corey Armstrong off the glove of the Knox second baseman pushed Hernandez to third, and Mountaineer Dillon Desiderato pushed the safety squeeze down towards first as Hernandez scored the go-ahead run.
SVC then brought in closer Joel DeFedele. With one out, a groundout brought in the tying run, but a wild pitch and a bloop single won it for Knox.
DeFedele takes his first loss on the season (1-1).
SVC took a 4-2 lead in the fourth, the big hit a 2-run single from Dave Northup.
Northup was 2-3 with three RBIs and a run scored while Chris Nicastro finished 2-4 with two runs. Pingitore, Hernandez, and Armstrong all went 2-5 on the day with Pingitore and Hernandez each recording two RBIs while Armstrong added another; Hernandez also had two runs scored.
The Mountaineers conclude their spring trip to Ft. Myers Friday with a 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. doubleheader against Lasell College.
Kuzmicki 15th for USA
SUGARLOAF, Maine -- Mount Anthony Union High School sophomore Jessie Kuzmicki finished 15th competing for the United States in the Am-Can race at Sugarloaf on Thursday.
She topped her class by 0.17 seconds overall.
Kuzmicki skied the two runs in a combined 1 minute, 44.37 seconds.
In her first run, she was 18th in 49.42 seconds, then 17th in the second in 54.95.
VBCA all-star games
WINDSOR -- The Vermont Basketball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Games will take place on March 23 at Windsor High School. There will be four games as follows:
* 11:00 a.m. D3-4 Girls;
* 1 p.m. D3-4 Boys;
* 3 p.m. D1-2 Girls;
* 5p.m. D1-2 Boys.
The best senior players in the state will play for the final time as a high school player. See rivals playing together, top scorers, play makers and rebounders showcasing their skills. This popular event gives fans one last look at players who have made their winters so enjoyable.
In addition to the four games, the VBCA also recognizes players of the year, coaches of the year, 1,000 point scorers, the Dream Dozen, milestone wins, and this year’s Hall of Fame induction.
BENNINGTON -- Parents of Mount Anthony Union High School athletes are reminded that the school’s participation form needs to be turned in by the first day of practice on March 25.
The form, which now enables parents to enter and save the information as an EXCEL file, can be downloaded at maupatriots.com.
For more information, contact activities secretary Bridgette Worthington at email@example.com.
BENNINGTON -- The third annual ‘Shires of Vermont Marathon,’ a classic point-to-point 26.2 mile road race connecting the southern Vermont towns of Bennington and Manchester, is accepting registrations for the race on May 19. Race applications and online registration are available at www.shiresofvermontmarathon.com. The race is organized by the Batten Kill Valley Runners to benefit community mental health and developmental services.
Runners from about 30 different states and foreign countries love the course, which will be the same this year as before. It starts at The Bennington Center for the Arts and finishes at Hildene Meadows in Manchester.
Anyone interested in helping to put on a very popular, large event is welcome to join the organizing committee, which meets monthly.
For information on registering, volunteering or sponsoring the race, contact Robert Pini, race director, at info@ShiresofVermontMarathon.com or 802 442-5491, x281.
Arlington basketball fundraiser
ARLINGTON -- Please join your friends and neighbors on Friday, March 22, at the Arlington Memorial High School Gym for a fun-filled evening of basketball.
The AMHS boys and girls basketball teams will be competing against the Arlington alumni in a fundraiser to benefit the Fisher Elementary School Playground.
Doors will open at 5:15 p.m., and the girls game will begin at 6 p.m. There will be a concession stand, 50/50 raffle, and knock-out competitions during half time. Admission prices are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12, with a maximum cost of $20 per family at the door.
Tickets are available in advance at the Fisher Elementary School office or by calling (802) 375-6409.
For further information, please contact Jennifer Wright at 375-1282, or e-mail the Fisher PTG at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mack Attack registration
ARLINGTON -- Practice for the Mack Attack AAU team begins at Arlington Memorial High School. Players between 8 and 17 are invited.
To register, visit mackattackaau.org or call Kerry Csizmesia at 802-430-7031 for more information.
HOOSICK, N.Y. -- Registration is now open for spring teams at the Hoosick Falls Soccer Club. Sign up at the website at hoosickfallssoccer.org.
For questions regarding travel teams call Steve Hinchliffe at 518-686-9505 and for in house call Laura Sagendorf at 518-944-4971.
Zemianek road race returns May 5
BENNINGTON -- The 35th annual Steve Zemianek Road Race will take place on May 5 at the Park-McCullough House in North Bennington.
There are three different runs, a 3.8-mile course, a 10K course and a half-mile fun run for children.
The entry fee is $15 to pre-register and $3 for the fun run. A family of four can register at a reduced rate of $40.
Awards will be given to the top male and female runner and the top three in each age group.
For more info, call Dave at 802-688-7807.