Mountaineers end spring trip with defeat


MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. >> The Southern Vermont College softball team concluded its annual spring trip to South Carolina on Thursday, falling 13-2 to Morrisville State and 14-0 to Albertus Magnus in a pair of five-inning contests played in the FastPitch Dreams/Snowbird Softball Spring Classic.

In their first game of the day against Morrisville, the Mountaineers fell into a deep hole as the Mustangs scored three runs in the first inning to get out to an early lead.

The deficit continue to grow for the Mountaineers as Morrisville scored one run in the second and then blasted out five more runs over the next two innings to grab 9-0 lead over SVC by the bottom of the fourth inning.

Down nine runs, SVC finally got on the board in the bottom half of the inning with a solo shot by catcher Nicole Matthews, who was responsible for both runs that the Mountaineers had in the game.

Morrisville's offense continued to do work in the top half of the fifth inning, scoring four runs, helping them go on to a mercy rule victory.

Mountaineers starter Taylor Blake pitched a complete game in the loss for SVC, giving up 10 runs (13 earned) off nine hits and six walks.

SVC defense played poorly in the field, committing six errors in the contest.

In their second game against Albertus Magnus, SVC continued to have struggles in the field, committing seven errors in the game, giving them a combined 13 errors in the two game they played on Thursday.

SVC's poor play in the field allowed Albertus Magnus to get their offense rolling, as the Falcons exploded for 14 runs in the first three innings of the contest to get out to a commanding 14-0 lead

That lead was plenty enough for Albertus Magnus starter Kristen Cunning, who pitched a complete game shutout, striking out seven SVC batters and allowing only one hit in the game.

SVC falls to 0-6 to start of the season.

The Mountaineers will look to grab that elusive first win of the season when they travel to play New England Collegiate Conference rival Regis in a doubleheader on Tuesday.

First pitch for game number one is slated for 5 p.m.

MAU boys basketball season awards

BENNINGTON >> Earlier this week, the Mount Anthony Union High School boys basketball team announced its recipients for their annual season awards.

A total of six awards were handed out, with seven players receiving honors.

The Dick Manning award for team most valuable player went to senior Tyler Champagne, who finished his career at MAU with 723 points, 14th on the all time scoring leader list in school history.

Senior Jonas Parker was awarded the Butch Miles Senior Award, that goes to a senior player that exhibited the greatest ability during the season.

Junior Ryan O'Neil was honored with the Fred Grant award for most improved.

The Bob Hogan Unsung Hero award was given out to senior Nick Armstrong.

Receiving the Dave Hicks Memorial award for the most passion and enthusiasm for the game was senior Patrick Powers.

The final award given out this season was the Hank Haverkoch Coaches award for their dedication and hard work all season was given out to seniors Damon Burgess and Hunter Davis.

Like Champagne, Burgess also cracked the top 20 all-time scoring list in MAU history, finishing with 660 career points, making him the 18th all time scorer in school history.

MAU had a tremendous season, going 19-4 and reaching the final four in the Vermont state Division I tournament.

Masters swim meet upcoming

BENNINGTON >> The fifth annual Monumental Masters Mini Meet will be held in Saturday, April 9, at the Bennington Recreation Center.

Adults over the age of 18 are encouraged to participate in the meet.

No prior competition experience is required.

Warm-ups start at 9 a.m., with the meet's first event beginning at 10 a.m.

Pre-registration to compete in the event is $20 per swimmer by April 5th, or $25 on the day of the event.

Registration forms are available at the Bennington Rec Center.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Bennington Marauders Swim Team, helping to provide youth swimming for our community.

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