LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
BRANDON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School softball team lost its opener in heartbreaking fashion on Monday, giving up a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning of a 5-4 defeat against Otter Valley.
Tied at 2-2 going into extra innings, Mount Anthony (0-1) scored two runs in the top of the eighth. Lauren Bow reached on an error advanced to third on a Baylee Ports bunt and was driven in on a Makayla Farrara sacrifice fly. Ports scored on a passed ball in the next at-bat.
But the Otters (1-0) weren’t done. The first two batters of the inning reached via error, bringing up Taylor Aimes, who crushed a pitch over the center-field fence.
Ports went the distance for MAU, allowing five runs (two earned), striking out six and walking only one.
MAU’s home opener is Thursday against Drury, Mass.
Bulldogs open with win
BELLOWS FALLS -- The Burr and Burton Academy boys tennis team got wins from all five of their singles players in a 6-1 opening victory on the road against Bellows Falls on Monday.
Kevin Walla, Tim Geskas, Dave Shehadi, Noah Wetherald and Conor Harrington all won in straight sets for the Bulldogs.
In doubles, No. 1 team Coley Stillman and Justin Tegan extended the match to three sets but fell 6-3, 4-6, 10-4. No. 2 doubles Alen Gong and Oliver Le won in straight sets.
BBA blanks Otters
MANCHESTER -- The Burr and Burton Academy girls tennis team picked up right where it left off last season, topping Otter Valley 7-0 in a Division II matchup on Monday.
BBA (1-0) won each match in straight sets. Maddy Pagnucco, Jordan Harmon, Gabi Hasaj, Gabby Vella and Stella Oh all picked up victories. No. 1 doubles team Eliza Breed and Kitt Sikes won, as did the team of Julia Campanella and Haley McGrath.
BBA travels to Bellows Falls on Wednesday.
BBA tops Bratt
BRATTLEBORO -- Burr and Burton Academy’s Robert England hit a go-ahead two-run single in the top of the fifth inning, leading the Bulldogs to a 5-3 opening win over Brattleboro on Monday.
Down 3-2, England’s base hit gave BBA a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
On the mound, Taylor Fuller came in to relieve and earned the win with two scoreless innings, while Jake Stalcup got the save with two more scoreless frames.
Alex Alberti added an insurance run with an RBI single in the seventh.
BBA faces rival Mount Anthony on Wednesday.
BENNINGTON -- The Volt Volleyball League will start on April 22 at the Bennington Sports Center. For more information on the league or to register, go to www.voltagesportsclub.com, call 802-681-7151 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shots for Tots
BENNINGTON -- The Nursing Student Organization at Southern Vermont College will host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament "Shots for Tots" on April 14, starting at 11:30 a.m. in the Mountaineer Athletic Center. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The Bennington community is invited to participate in the tournament along with SVC students, faculty and staff. The tournament requires each team be coed and should have four participants, including a substitute player.
Registration is $5 per student and $8 per community member. Participants must be 17 years or older.
Prizes will be awarded for the team with the best uniforms. T-shirts and snacks will be available for purchase at the event.
Sign-in begins at 11 a.m. on April 14. Players can submit their registration fee at that time.
Zemianek Road Race
NORTH BENNINGTON -- Marking the real start of spring, the 35th annual Steve Zemianek Bennington Road Race will take place Sunday, May 5, at 10 a.m. at Park McCullough House.
The race is in memory of Steve Zemianek, former Mount Anthony track and cross country coach. There is a 3.8-mile and 10-kilometer race over scenic, rural countryside, rolling hills and a covered bridge. Awards go to the top three runners in age groups from 12 to 90.
Also coinciding with Cinco de Mayo, the event will feature a mexican theme with pinatas, music, ribbons for those who "beat the sombrero" and prizes for the best Mexican costumes.
T-shirts go to the first 200 entries, $15 pre-registered and $20 after May 3 -- or $13 and $15, respectively, for BKVR members -- and $3 for kids in the half-mile fun run.
Families of four are $40 and free child care is provided.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. The fun run goes off at 9:30 and the other races start at 10. For questions, call Dave at 802-688-7807.
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.