Bulldogs remain unbeaten; Improve to 6-0 to start season


DALTON, MASS. — The start to the 2016 season has been nothing but perfect for the Burr and Burton baseball team.

BBA improved to 6-0 on the season after they defeated Wahconah on Saturday afternoon, 5-0.

The main man behind the Bulldogs shutout win over the Warriors was starting pitcher Jonathon Iris, who pitched six scoreless innings, giving up only one hit and had seven strikeouts.

Iris's biggest moment of the game came in the bottom of the third inning, where he got the Bulldogs out of a bases loaded jam to keep the 1-0 BBA lead intact.

BBA went on to score four more runs over the course of the next four innings to get the five run victory.

Junior Tyler Kraehling had the best day at the plate for the Bulldogs, going 2-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Junior Griff Stalcup pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Iris in the seventh, keeping the shutout and one hitter in tact, while picking up a strikeout himself in the process.

To keep their winning streak going for another week, the Bulldogs will have to go through a couple tough opponents, starting with traveling to play Rutland today at 4:30 p.m.

BBA get clipped by Wasps in girls lax action

WOODSTOCK >> The Burr and Burton girls lacrosse team suffered a one-goal defeat at the hands of Woodstock on Saturday, losing 11-10 to the Wasps.

Shayla Heekin and Jessie Forstmann each scored a team-high three goals for BBA in the loss.

Senior Cat Greenberg scored two goals in the Bulldogs loss as well.

Bella Dworkin dished out a team-high two assists to go along with her two goals scored in a losing effort for BBA.

With the loss, BBA is now 2-4 on the season.

The Bulldogs will look to get back on the winning track when they host Wahconah on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

BBA trounced by CVU

HINESBURG >> They fought hard, but the Burr and Burton girls tennis team was not match for Champlain Valley.

The Bulldogs were shutout 7-0 to CVU, dropping to 4-2 on the season.

BBA lost all seven matches in straights sets.

"We ran into a Division 1 buzzsaw today. CVU is a powerful, seasoned team with extraordinary depth in talent throughout their entire roster," said BBA coach Jeff Grimshow. " Although many of the matches were lopsided, we saw some very entertaining matches. I am convinced that some very important lessons were learned by the Bulldogs today, lessons that will yield very positive results during the upcoming state individual and team championships."

The Bulldogs will look to rebound from the loss to CVU when they travel to play South Burlington on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

Panthers split doubleheader at Adirondack tournament

BOONVILLE, N.Y. >> The Hoosick Falls softball team competed in the Adirondack softball tournament on Saturday, splitting the two game that they played in the tournament.

In game one, the Panthers did battle with Carthage and beat the Comets by a score of 8-4.

Senior Alyssa Ellis went 2-3 at the plate with two RBIs, while picking up a win in a complete game performance for the Panthers

Junior Sydnee Miller also had two RBIs in her 1-4 performance at the plate for Hoosick Falls.

Game two on the other hand, didn't go the Panthers way as they fell 12-5 to Herkimer.

Miller went 2-4 with an RBI at the dish for Hoosick Falls.

Senior Erika Quackenbush struck out five in a losing effort on the mound for the Panthers.

The (2-5) Panthers now will next travel to play Wasaren League rival Cambridge on Tuesday at 4:15 p.m.

SVC's ground-breaking season ends will loss a in NECC Final

WESTON, MASS. >> The storybook season came to a close Saturday afternoon for Southern Vermont College women's lacrosse team, as the third-seeded Mountaineers fell 16-8 to No. 1 seed Regis in the finals of the New England Collegiate Conference playoff tournament.

Regis scored the first four goals of the game, only to see SVC answer with three straight to get it down to a one-point differential.

Scores were traded through the 10 minute mark before Regis closed out the half with three unanswered goals to take a 8-4 lead into halftime.

The second period mirrored the first as the Pride notched the opening four goals of the stanza before SVC tacked up three consecutive scores in a response.

Each team put up a tally, and RC then closed out their fourth straight tournament title with three more insurance goals.

SVC finishes the year at 7-11 overall, collecting three more wins than the program did in its inaugural season last year.

"What can you say about a group of young women at SVC who, over the course of three months developed into a cohesive and competitive lacrosse team that made it to the finals of their conference tournament," said SVC coach Tom Otero. "They honored the game of lacrosse by elevating their skills to the level of beating all the teams in the conference, except one. This is the essence of coaching, and this is the desire of a women's lacrosse player at Southern Vermont College."

The Mountaineers will keep their heads held high after the great success they have had this season and as the team keeps improving and adding more talent, will have a good chance to make it back to the finals of the NECC tournament next year.

SVC's record-breaking season concludes in a loss in NECC championship game.

NEW LONDON, CONN. >> Tagging three home runs wasn't enough for the No. 3 seed Southern Vermont College baseball team on Sunday morning as the Mountaineers dropped a 14-8 contest to top-seeded Mitchell College, in the championship round New England Collegiate Conference postseason tournament.

SVC put up six runs in the top of the second on the back of a grand slam by freshman center fielder Zack Stacey, a lead that was cut in half as Mitchell scored three times in the bottom of the third.

The Mountaineers got one back in the fourth on a solo shot by Stacey, only to see the Mariners put up five in the home half of the frame to take an 8-7 upper hand.

SVC used another solo home run in the fifth to tie it up, only to see the hosts come back with three more in the bottom of the inning to go in front once again.

The Mariners then notched three more runs to pad their cushion in the bottom of the eighth inning and would hold on for their third straight postseason title.

When asked about what got the team to Sunday, after being projected to finish tied for last in the league in the preseason coaches poll, SVC head coach Dave Gage said, "It's our leadership – our guys, our captains, our juniors. Just believing in one another is what it really came down to. These guys believed in each other. They became tight together and worked hard all year."

SVC made it into Sunday's round after bouncing back on Saturday from a tough 21-7 loss to Mitchell with a 12-2 victory over Elms College while facing elimination from the tournament.

"I told our guys we had to forget about [the loss] as fast as possible and play one pitch at-a-time," Gage said. "We did a great job of that yesterday, and I thought we did a really great job of that today against a really good team."

Stacey was named to the NECC All-Tournament Team for his tremendous performance over the weekend as the Mountaineer rookie was 12-for-19 at the plate with four home runs, two doubles, nine runs scored, and 11 runs driven in.

With the loss in it's second-ever championship game, SVC falls to 20-20 on the season.

The Mountaineers will have a chance to finish above .500 for just the second time in program history as they are set to play one final non-conference game of the season, visiting Lyndon State College on Wednesday for a 3:30 p.m. first pitch.


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