Patriots double up Mount Greylock
BENNINGTON — The Mount Anthony baseball team improved to 4-0 after a 10-5 win over Mount Greylock on Saturday.
Brody Farnum started on the hill for MAU and pitched four innings, allowing three hits and one earned run, striking out two and walking three. Will Shea came in for the final three innings, striking out four and walking one.
At the plate, senior captains Austin Condo and Noah Normyle were each 1-for-3 as the pair combined for five RBI.
Pat Powers and Farnum were each 2-for-3, while Brian Grace, getting a start, was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs driven in.
MAU is on the road twice this week, traveling to Bellows Falls on Tuesday and to Hoosick Falls on Thursday.
McCoy, Bulldogs shut down Terriers
MANCHESTER >> In a game that Burr and Burton baseball coach Ed Lewicki called 'the best of the year,' the Bulldogs blanked Bellows Falls, 5-0, on Saturday.
Jay McCoy took the ball for the Bulldogs and was solid, pitching five innings and allowing two hits while striking out four. Griffin Stalcup got the final six outs in relief.
"[Jay] had a really good breaking pitch [on Saturday]," Lewicki said.
BBA took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Stalcup singled and came in on a Tyler Kraehling hit. In the fifth, with a runner on, Stalcup crushed a ball to center that the centerfielder dove for and missed, allowing him to come all the way around for a two-run inside the park homer for a 4-0 lead.
John Streeter pitched for the Terriers, allowing seven hits in six innings.
BBA is 3-0 and is scheduled to face Fair Haven at home on Tuesday.
Bulldogs girls tennis upset by Rutland
MANCHESTER >> With both teams scarce in numbers during spring break, the Burr and Burton girls tennis team was upset by a upstart Rutland squad, 4-3.
The Raiders got victories from its top three singles, all in straight sets. Megan Nadler topped Cecilia Liu, Jamie Keith beat Bridget King and Lydia Gulick defeated Olivia Kuk.
Nerina Muminovic won her match at No. 4 singles, 7-5, 7-5, while Lejla Muminovic and the No. 2 doubles team of Paige Marion and Yuki Sasaki won in walkovers.
In the No. 1 doubles, Rutland's Isabelle Gulick and Emma Macpherson defeated Julie McNealus and Evangeline Morrison.
"On a day when both lineups were drastically reduced by athletes away on Spring Break, only one team really came to play today. Our BBA lineup was plagued by uncertainty and we played right into Rutland's strengths. This was a wake up call for our team and we'll be working hard to improve both our confidence and strategy," said BBA coach Jeff Grimshaw.
BBA boys tennis falls to Raiders
RUTLAND >> The Burr and Burton boys tennis team fell to Rutland, 5-2, on Saturday.
No. 1 and No. 4 singles earned the victories for BBA, with Sam Cochrane defeating Dalton Eckhardt, 7-5, 6-3 and Uri Vall won 7-6 and 6-0.
No. 2 Justin Tegen lost in straight sets, while No. 3 Will Simmer fell in a third-set tiebreak. No. 1 doubles Michael Hollingshead and Adian Shaw-Pigeon lost 6-3, 6-1.
BBA had to forfeit the No. 5 singles and No. 2 doubles.
BBA is 1-1 and will travel to Bellows Falls for its next match.
SVC falls in Senior Day doubleheader, but wins final game Sunday
BENNINGTON >> The Southern Vermont College softball team celebrated its 2016 Senior Day Saturday afternoon at Willow Park, although the New England Collegiate Conference doubleheader results were not favorable for the Mountaineers as visiting Mitchell College won 13-2 and 11-2 in a pair of five-inning contests.
SVC led 2-1 through the second in the opener before the Mariners opened up the game with 12 runs through the next three innings to grab a comfortable lead they would use to invoke the run rule. MC then put up nine runs in the top of the first in the second matchup and never looked back.
Between Saturday's contests, SVC recognized and honored its four graduating team members: Michelle Flores, Karina Meza, Rachel Robtoy, and Lissa Soler.
On Sunday, the Mountaineers split a final series with Pine Major College, falling 8-7 in a close doubleheader opener before surging to a 12-0 win in the backend for the share.
SVC led 5-3 after the fifth in game one, but the visiting Gators came back with three in the sixth and two more in the top of the seventh to grab a two-run upper hand. The Mountaineers closed it to one with a lone score in the home half of the final frame, but they would be unable to push the tying run across as PMC finished off the victory.
Southern Vermont then put up two runs in the first inning of game two before extending its advantage with six more in the second. SVC tacked up four additional runs through the next two boxes while holding the Gators to just three hits for the early-ending shutout.
Robtoy concluded her collegiate career on Sunday, finishing her time at Southern Vermont tied for having started in the fifth-most games in team history with 96. She also scored the second-most runs ever by a Mountaineer with 60, and she worked the most SVC walks in history with 39 bases on balls; Robtoy's 17 walks this year broke the previous program mark of 16 in a single campaign.
Sophomore captain Nicole Matthews turned in the best-ever batting average for the team by a player with at least 50 at bats in a season, hitting .522 (36-for-69) in 2016. She also registered the best-ever on-base percentage in a single season with a .582 mark, and she tallied the fourth-most hits in a campaign with 36. Additionally, Matthews' 24 RBIs ties for the fourth-most in team history for one year.
The Mountaineers finish the season with a 4-24 overall record.
SVC baseball snags playoff berth despite losses
CHICOPEE, MASS. >> Southern Vermont College dropped a pair of New England Collegiate Conference baseball contests Saturday afternoon, falling 6-2 and then 6-0 to Elms College at MacKenzie Stadium.
SVC took an early lead in the opening game of the day with a lone run in the first, but Elms came back to score five through the fourth to go in front. The Mountaineers were then held to just one more run the rest of the game while the Blazers got it back in the sixth before closing out the front-end win.
EC then tallied a 4-0 upper hand after the third inning of game two, keeping Southern Vermont off the scoreboard while tacking up two more insurance runs in the sixth during the shutout.
SVC clinched an NECC playoff berth for the first time since 2011, making it into next weekend's postseason tournament.
The two sides conclude the league series on Sunday at Southern Vermont, first pitch of the finale at Bill Epstein Field slated for 12 p.m. That will also serve as SVC's Senior Day as the Mountaineers will recognize and honor their two departing team members in second baseman RJ Pingitore and right-handed pitcher Chris Bradt prior to the start.
Southern Vermont drops to 18-16 on the year and 10-6 in NECC action with the Saturday sweep.
Brandmeyer qualifies for ECACs at UAlbany
ALBANY, N.Y. >> The Southern Vermont College outdoor track & field team participated in the 2016 University at Albany Spring Classic Saturday with the team registering three new school records and six personal bests while matching up against top-quality competition that ranged from Division I to D-III athletes.
One of the top marks set at the Classic was by sophomore Marc Brandmeyer who qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Championship in the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:43.39. He placed second overall at UAlbany, taking 8.23 seconds off his previous best in the event for a new school record.
Junior captain Shelby Whitman set a new PR in the women's 800 meter run by almost eight seconds, crossing the line at 2:30.13 to win her heat and place 15th overall with a new SVC top time in the discipline. Bennington College sophomore Annika Kristiansen became the first student-athlete to run the women's 3,000 meter race for Southern Vermont, coming in ninth overall with a mark of 11:57.33.
Freshman Jackson Amankrah shaved 0.25 seconds off his previous best in the men's 200 meter dash, crossing the line at 26.38 for the fourth-best mark in team history.
SVC finishes its regular season next weekend, taking one final crack at qualifying for postseason championships at Regis College's Pride Invitational on Sunday, May 1.
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