BENNINGTON — The Bennington Marauders completed their 2015–2016 season this past weekend at RPI in Troy, N.Y, at the Adirondack Short Course championships. Four swimmers made these extremely difficult cuts including Elyse Altland, Grace Burhans, Paige Marion, and Phebe Hall.

Altland was the top swimmer of the event, finishing fourth in the 100 breaststroke, sixth in the 200 free, second in the 100 free, eighth in the 50 breaststroke, ninth in the 100 individual medley and third in the 50 free.

Grace Burhans, Paige Marion and Phebe Hall all had outstanding swims and turned in several best times in Hall's final Adirondack league meet with the Marauders, as the Mount Anthony senior graduates. She finished her season with a personal best in the 50 free.

The next season for the Marauders will begin in May.

SVC drops doubleheader

TUCSON, ARIZ. >> In its second day of playing in the Tucson Invitational Games at the Kino Sports Complex, the Southern Vermont College baseball team fell 12-7 and 5-1 to the hands of Macalester College on Sunday.

MC grabbed 4-0 leads in the first inning of each game and never relinquished its advantages the rest of the way. SVC scored in the last five innings of the twin bill's opener to cut the deficit, but the Mountaineers could not completely overcome the Scots' upper hand in the end.

Runs were scarce in the second game of the afternoon as neither side crossed the plate after Southern Vermont put up its run in the bottom of the fourth; Macalester once again held on to close out the day's sweep.


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After the Scots tacked up their four runs in the bottom of the first in game one of the doubleheader, MC took to an 8-1 lead after the third. SVC came right back with two of its own to cut the gap down to five, only to see Macalester respond with three in the home half of the inning to make it an 11-3 ballgame.

The Mountaineer bats persisted and put up one in the fifth and another pair in the sixth, sending the game to the final frame with MC ahead 12-6. Southern Vermont scratched across one more in the top of the seventh, but that would be it as the Scots put away their first victory of the season.

SVC senior shortstop RJ Pingitore went 3-4 at the dish with three RBIs and a run scored, adding a stolen base to his day's line. Freshman center fielder Zack Stacey was 1-2 with a pair of walks, one run scored and two runs batted in from the leadoff spot, and junior designated hitter Niko Horwith registered a 3-4 showing with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI. Junior catcher Anthony Mercuri, also had a multi-hit game, going 2-4 in the effort.

Mountaineer sophomore right-hander Jean-Carlos Berasgoico suffered his first loss of the season (1-1) after giving up eight runs (four earned) with the start.

PHOTO PROVIDEDTwo members of the Bennington Marauders pose for a picture recently. Four of the Marauders competed in the Adirondack Short Course
PHOTO PROVIDED Two members of the Bennington Marauders pose for a picture recently. Four of the Marauders competed in the Adirondack Short Course championships at RPI this weekend.

In Game 2, Macalester jumped out again with a quick four runs in the first inning of game two, adding another in the top of the second to take a 5-0 lead. SVC got on the board with a lone tally in the fourth, and that 5-1 score would be maintained by both sides through the remainder of the day-cap as the Scots sealed their second victory.

The Macalester pitching was able to keep Southern Vermont off the base paths for the most part, limiting the Mountaineers to just four hits and three walks. SVC freshman catcher Dan Mason went 1-2 with an RBI while Mercuri was 1-3 with the run scored. Stacey added another hit to his day, and sophomore third baseman John Arancio got on twice with a pair of walks.

Mountaineer junior right-handed starter Joshua Hay was strapped with the loss (0-2) despite striking out six in his five innings of work. Senior righty Chris Bradt came on in relief, giving up just two hits in the final two innings of play.

MC started off hot, going up 4-0 with the help of a two-run homer in the top of the first. Pingitore singled to center to get aboard in the bottom of the inning, but he would be left on base as Macalester got back into the dugout. The Scots added another score in the second when an SVC error came around to score on a base hit to right field, putting MC on top 5-0.

SVC worked two walks in the home half of the second to no avail before Macalester threatened to pad its lead in the third by getting runners to the corners with no outs. A bunt attempt on the next plate appearance would be run into by the Scot batter outside of the box for an interference call, and Hay then induced an inning-ending double play, started by Pingitore at short, to get out of it.

The Mountaineers continue their spring trip today with a doubleheader against Dickinson State University starting at 3 p.m. MST.

2nd Annual Shamrockin' 5K registration open

NORTH BENNINGTON >> On Saturday, April 2, the Village School of North Bennington will be hosting the second annual Shamrockin' run/walk event.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. with the 1 mile Family Fun Run/Walk starting at 9 a.m. and the 5K Run/Walk starting at 10 a.m.

The race starts at the Village School of North Bennington between School and Church Streets.

The cost for the 5K is $20 for registrations postmarked by March 26 and $25 for race day registration. The 1 mile Family Fun Run/Walk is $10. The first 100 registrants will receive a T-Shirt. Preregister by mail by sending a checks made payable to VSNB to VSNB, PO Box 847, N. Bennington, VT 05257 or by registering online at Runreg.com. For more information and a downloadable registration form, visit the NEWS page at vsnb.org.