LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
BURLINGTON -- Holding onto a one-run lead in the eighth inning on Wednesday, No. 13 Burr and Burton Academy turned to its bullpen to try and see itself out of a bases-loaded jam against No. 4 Burlington.
Jon Iris came in to pitch, relieving Noah Rizio after Rizio had tossed 120 pitches.
Iris threw one -- a ball that was hit sharply towards Andy Ishu at third base. Ishu corralled the ball, stepped on third and recorded the final out that lifted BBA to a 4-3 upset over the Seahorses.
Rizio’s gem over 7 2/3 innings helped BBA get to that point, and Rizio also hit a two-run single in the fourth that tied the game at 2-2.
The winning run came from Colin McLeish, who squeezed home Rizio in the top of the eighth.
BBA now travels to No. 5 South Burlington on Friday.
Patriots blank Raiders
BENNINGTON -- Returning for the final two innings on Wednesday, the No. 2 Mount Anthony Union High School softball team saw out its shutout over No. 15 Rutland, finishing with a 4-0 win.
The Patriots scored three runs during the action on Tuesday -- where the teams made it through five full innings -- and Keira Goodell knocked in Morgan Hewitt to score the fourth run in the sixth inning on Wednesday.
Keira Goodell also had an RBI triple on Tuesday that plated sister Kate Goodell, and the junior scored herself on a passed ball. Kori Bow hit a sac fly that brought in Julie Elwell for the first run on Tuesday.
Baylee Ports went the distance for MAU, striking out nine while only giving up four hits and zero walks. Peyton Veilleux pitched for Rutland, going the distance while allowing seven hits and three walks.
"Overall, we did great," said MAU coach Katie Contrada. "Rutland’s record was not indicative of how good they are. Hats off to [Rutland] for playing good defensively."
The Patriots will now host No. 7 St. Johnsbury on Friday.
Knights slay Patriots
SOUTH BURLINGTON -- Tuesday’s game between No. 3 Rice and No. 14 Mount Anthony Union High School didn’t even get through a half-inning, but the Patriots already held a lead when weather forced the game to be pushed back to Wednesday.
But the momentum didn’t carry over.
Rice tied the game up in the second on Wednesday and rolled from there, taking a 10-3 win in D-I playdown action.
Matt Upright took the loss for MAU. Brody Farnum had a double on Wednesday and was brought in on a groundout by Pat Powers to score MAU’s third run.
MAU ends the season at 6-11.
Bulldogs fall in playdown
SWANTON -- It was the end of an era for Burr and Burton Academy softball coach Dan DeForest, as the Bulldogs were knocked out of the D-I tournament, 12-2, by No. 4 Missisquoi on Wednesday.
In her final game, senior Caitlyn Arellano took the loss for BBA.
Emily Fournier was 3-for-3 for Miss while Lindsey Daly earned the victory.
Rutland captures D-I golf crown, BBA fifth
WATERBURY -- Rutland’s Drake Hull blazed through the course at the Country Club of Vermont, firing a 6-under 66 to lead the Raiders to the Division I team championship on Wednesday.
Teammate Max Major tied for the second-lowest score on the day, shooting a 74 to tie with St. Johnsbury’s Rodrigo Garcia. Garcia’s Hilltoppers finished third in the match behind Essex, which was led by Stuart Irwin and Connor Calhoun, both of whome shot a 78.
Burr and Burton finished fifth as a team, with Hunter Caler the low-scorer with an 80. Will Tate shot an 83 and the trio of Kyle Boucher, Drew Herbert and Joey Shehadi all shot an 84.
Mount Anthony Union High School had one individual golfer participating in Ethan Anderson. The junior shot an 85.