LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
BENNINGTON -- The Vermont Sports Media Association announced its January Athlete of the Month honors on Thursday, and Mount Anthony Union High School senior Jesse Webb was chosen as the Male High School Athlete of the Month.
Webb set Vermont’s all-time wins record during January, when he picked up his 220th victory in the Mount Anthony Jamboree. Webb broke former MAU wrestler Rob LaBrake’s mark.
Webb outpolled Northfield senior hockey player Jackson Tucker and two basketball players, Burr and Burton Academy’s Joey Shehadi and Bellows Falls’ Kendrick Mills.
The Female High School Athlete of the month was St. Johnsbury senior Robin Vincent and Norwich University’s Tori Charron was picked as the Open Division Athlete of the Month.
SVC baseball ends trip with loss
FT. MYERS, Fla. -- The Southern Vermont College baseball team finished its spring trip to Florida with a heart-breaking 8-7 walk-off loss to the hands of Knox College at the Player Development Complex Friday morning.
Up 7-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, SVC gave up two runs before KC pinch-hitting sophomore Blake Newberg (Moline, Ill.) hit a ball to deep right field, just far enough to clear the bases and bring around the game-winning run.
The win improves Knox’s record to 4-3 while the loss ends the Mountaineer’s stay in Florida with a 3-7 mark, dropping them to 5-8 on the season.
Neither team scored more than one run in any inning until the Prairie Fire ninth tacked up five. Southern Vt. totaled 12 hits to KC’s eight while the teams left 13 and seven runners on base, respectively. The Mountaineers were aggressive on the base paths, stealing a total of eight bags on the day.
SVC sophomore third baseman Quinten Scott was 3-5 at the dish with an RBI and two steals while junior first baseman Cody LaBadia also went 3-5 with two stolen bases, scoring a run in the effort. Junior captain Sal Sciara got on base five times out of the lead-off spot, going 1-2 while working three walks and getting hit by a pitch; he scored two runs, knocked in another and swiped two bases against KC.
No Prairie Fire batter recorded multiple hits, and freshman shortstop Paul Sanders was the only Knox batter to score twice. Sophomore left fielder Geoff Hahn (Cameron, Ill.) was 1-2 with a walk, a run batted in and a stolen base from the lead-off position.
Sophomore southpaw Erik Johansen threw well for the Mountaineers, but he took the no-decision when SVC surrendered the lead after he was taken out. The left-hander gave up three runs, just one earned, on three hits and six walks while striking out five. Knox reliever Dustin Armstrong was credited with the win after pitching the ninth to pick up his first victory of the season (1-0) from the hill. Southern Vt. freshman reliever Joshua Hay suffered the loss (2-1) after blowing the save opportunity.