Panthers blast their way to season opener win


HOOSICK, N.Y. — Opening day finally arrived for the Hoosick Falls Central School softball team, which wasted no time to get its season rolling in the right direction.

The Panthers smacked two home runs in route to a 11-3 victory over Wasaren League rival Granville to start the season off with a win.

Senior Erica Quackenbush had a great day at the plate and on the mound for Hoosick Falls.

Quackenbush had two hits at the plate, including hitting a grand slam to break things open for the Panthers.

On the mound Quackenbush was rock solid, going the distance, giving up only three runs on two hits and struck out 10 Granville hitters.

Junior Sydney Miller hit a home run too for the Panthers as she went 2-4 at the plate with 3 RBIs on the afternoon.

Fellow junior Lizza Ryan also had a pair of hits at the plate for Hoosick Falls in the win as well.

The Panthers will not have to wait long to try to start off the season 2-0, as they will host Mount Anthony today at 4:15 p.m.

Patriots drop second straight match

RUTLAND >> Back to back days and back to back losses on the court was the unfortunate story for the Mount Anthony boys tennis.

The Patriots dropped their second match of the season on Wednesday in 7-0 loss to Rutland.

No MAU player won a set in the match.

The Patriots will try to break their two match losing streak to start the season when they host Bellows Falls today at 4:30 p.m.

2-0 start to the season for Patriots

BENNINGTON >> The Mount Anthony girls tennis started of the 2016 season with back to back 6-1 victories, with their win against Rutland on Wednesday afternoon.

No. 1 singles player Margaret Curtin won her match in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-4.

No. 2 singles player Anna Salem also won her match in straight sets, winning a thrilling first set 7-5 and then winning 6-3 in the second set.

No. 3 singles player Phebe Hall won her match in three sets, by taking the first set 6-3 and then winning the tiebreaker in dominating fashion 10-0.

No. 4 singles player Ally White won her match in straight sets, while No. 5 singles player Brooke Young lost the only match for MAU, losing in straight sets.

The Patriots No. 1 doubles pair of Thea Pappas/Cameryn Bentley won their match in straight sets, 6-1 and 6-3, while MAU's No. 2 doubles pair Kaitlin Banks/Trinity Galipeau won their match with 6-0 set wins.

MAU will look to win their third match in a row to start the season when they travel to play Bellows Falls on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Eagles drop slugfest season opener

ARLINGTON >> The Arlington Memorial High School softball team got their season started on Wednesday with a hit parade that scored the Eagles 22 runs in the contest.

Unfortunately for Arlington, Black River's offense scored 25 runs, dropping the Eagles to 0-1 to start the season.

Up 22-21 to start the top of the seventh inning, it looked like Arlington was on their way to a win in their season opener, but Black River had other plans by scoring four runs in the frame to take a three run lead into the bottom of the seventh inning.

With last licks on their side, the Eagles didn't panic and loaded up the bases to start the inning

Arlington's comeback, though, ended quickly as they lined into a double play and then had a runner thrown out trying to steal home to end the game, putting an end to the Eagles' comeback and clinching the win for Black River.

In the loss junior Riley Lane went 2-5 at the plate for the Eagles with a inside the park home run and 3 RBIs.

Maggie Murphy and Whitney Walsh each had two hits on the day for Arlington in the loss as well.

Arlington will try to get their first win of the season again on Friday when they host Poultney at 4:30 p.m.

SVC sweeps doubleheader vs Daniel Webster

NASHUA, NH. >> The Southern Vermont College baseball team took both games of their doubleheader against Daniel Webster on Wednesday afternoon, winning the first game 3-1 and then the second game 10-9 to improve to 11-12 on the season.

SVC went up 2-0 after the third in the day's opener before Daniel Webster tacked up its lone run in the fifth.

The Mountaineers then added an insurance run in the bottom half of the fifth inning, and were able to shutout the Eagles the rest of the way to grab game one of the doubleheader.

In game two, the Mountaineers trailed 8-2 to start the game, only to comeback and tie it at 9-9.

With the game still tied at 9-9 in the bottom of the seventh inning, freshman Dan Mason came around to score the game's winning run for SVC off an Daniel Webster, clinching the doubleheader and season series sweep for the Mountaineers.

Southern Vermont improves to 11-12 on the year and are 6-3 in New England Collegiate Conference play.

The Mountaineers will try to get back to .500 today when they travel to play Norwich at 3:30 p.m.

Mountaineers drop both ends of doubleheader against Bay Path

LONGMEADOW, MA. >> The Southern Vermont College softball team dropped a pair of New England Collegiate Conference contests at Bay Path on Wednesday afternoon, falling 10-0 and then 13-1 in a pair of five-inning games.

The hosting Wildcats chalked up runs in the bottom of the first in both matchups to take early leads that they would not relinquish in either game.

Bay Path extended its separation in each game for the run rule to come into effect, leaving SVC in the dust and ending Mountaineers three game winning streak.

With the two losses, SVC drops to 3-13 on the season and our now 3-5 in conference play.

The Mountaineers will get right back on the diamond today, traveling to Regis College for an NECC twin bill set to begin at 3 p.m.


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