LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
MONTPELIER -- In a rematch of last year’s Division II girls tennis finals, the Burr and Burton Academy girls extracted a bit of revenge as the Bulldogs topped Montpelier 5-2 at Montpelier.
First singles player Maddy Pagnucco set the tone for BBA, topping Chloe Golonka 6-0, 6-0. Irene Matas, Gabby Vella and Stella Oh all picked up wins at singles while Jordan Harmon fell to Caitlyn Bashara.
In doubles action, Eliza Breed and Silvia Velasco fell to Alyssa Barrett and Emily Bashara while Julia Campanella and Maria De Pablo topped Marta Fernandez and Samantha Ringer.
The matches at four singles (Vella) and second doubles (Campanella/De Pablo) were played as 8-game pro sets in lieu of a full match due to impending rain.
Patriots softball wins close
SPRINGFIELD -- The Mount Anthony Union High School softball battled back to top Springfield 6-5 on Thursday.
Starting pitcher Jenna Crowley hit some trouble early as she went three innings while walking six and striking out four. She gave up four unearned runs in the no decision.
Baylee Ports pitched the final four innings for MAU, striking out six while allowing three hits and one unearned run.
Kate Goodell came up big at the plate, hitting a two-run double in the second to get the MAU scoring going and tying things up in the sixth with a two-run single. In the seventh, Makayla Farrara led off with a hit and Julie Elwell smacked a triple to bring home Farrara for the game-winning run.
In the bottom of the seventh, Ports induced a groundout to start then fanned the last two batters to secure the win.
MAU moves to 6-0 with the win.
SVC softball falls in playoffs
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Southern Vermont College saw Mitchell College overcome a late two-run deficit to tie a Thursday New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) first round playoff before the Mariners scored one in the bottom of the seventh to walk off with a 3-2 win over No. 7 SVC at the Kingsford Oxford School.
The third-seeded Mariners trailed 2-0 for most of the contest but scored single runs in each of the final three innings to advance to the double-elimination portion of the tournament. Sophomore Alexandra Blanchette (Taftville, Conn.) doubled in the bottom of the seventh and later scored from third base on a wild pitch with the winning run.
Southern Vt. junior Emily Fleming (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and freshman Lauryn Zovistoski (Granville, N.Y.) each finished with two hits and both saw action inside the circle.
Fleming pitched five innings and gave up one run on four hits while striking out two and walking two. Zovistoski tossed 1.2 innings of relief and yielded two runs on two hits in the loss (1-6).
Southern Vt. ends the season with an overall record of 11-20.
SVC baseball downed by Blazers
WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. - The Elms College baseball team scored seven runs in the top of the fifth inning to help the Blazers stake a 15-1 victory over Southern Vermont College in Thursday afternoon’s New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) baseball game at Dutchess Stadium.
With the win, Elms improves to 12-18 on the season, 8-10 in league action, and advances into the NECC postseason tournament as the fourth seed. The Blazers will take on top-seeded Mitchell College at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 2 in New London, Conn. Southern Vt. moves to 15-19 on the season, 8-10 in NECC play. The Mountaineers currently have one more game on their schedule, a home contest with Williams College next week.
Benn Road Race May 4
BENNINGTON -- The 26th annual Steve Zemianek Bennington Road Race will be held on Sunday, May 4 beginning at the Park McCullough house in North Bennington.
This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of local educator and marathon runner Gail Harwood. The race is produced and directed by the Batten Kill Valley Runners.
All net proceeds will be donated to the Mount Anthony Union High School Zemianek scholarship fund.
The kids race will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the 3.8K and 10K races will start at 10 a.m.
Registration is $15 in advance and $20 after May 1.
Runners can register online at runreg.com. Paper registration is available at Wills Insurance, Bennington Recreation Center, Off the Wall, Anytime Fitness, Bennington Sports Center and all schools in Bennington and North Bennington.
Benn. Basketball School
BENNINGTON -- Applications are now being accepted for the Bennington Basketball School for Boys. The camp runs from July 7 to July 11. Players aged 12-15 will practice from 8 a.m. to noon, and 7-11 will practice from 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
To sign up, email the participants’ name, age and t-shirt size to email@example.com or call Dan Sleeman at 802-447-1994.