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April 23rd, 2014
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school softball play, all on Tuesday, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley won big, while Middlebury lost a tight game on the road.
Vergennes’ game at St. Albans was moved from Tuesday to Wednesday, after the deadline for this edition of the Independent.
ST. JOHNSBURY — The Middlebury Union High School baseball team made the long bus ride to St. Johnsbury pay off on Tuesday, knocking off the Hilltoppers, 6-4, in the Tigers’ season opener.
Josiah Benoit earned the pitching win, going 6.1 innings, allowing six hits while striking out three and walking one. Aaron Smith came on to nail down the victory, allowing two hits but striking out two batters to finish the game.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School baseball team fell to visiting Burlington on Tuesday, 3-0, a result that left both teams with 1-1 records.
Seahorse hurler Holden Jones tossed a complete-game two-hitter vs. the Eagles, striking out 11, to earn the win.
Jones outdueled Mount Abe’s Josh Cyr, who went the distance and surrendered five hits.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ lacrosse team broke into the win column on Tuesday in what was a hard-fought, if not always crisp, 7-6 victory over Otter Valley in a game that saw both teams missing starters.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College softball team took two out of three games from visiting NESCAC West foe Hamilton this past weekend to set up a duel for first place this weekend, a three-game set at Williams.
The Panthers (17-10 overall, 7-2 NESCAC) also split a Tuesday doubleheader at Plymouth State.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s tennis team won two home matches on Saturday, defeating No. 12 Bowdoin (9-6, 4-2 NESCAC) by a score of 7-2, and then pinning a 6-3 loss on RPI (10-4). The wins pushed the Panthers’ winning streak to seven and their record to 14-2, 5-0 NESCAC.
Middlebury, ranked No. 8 in last week’s NCAA Division III poll, took two of three doubles matches to grab an early lead against Bowdoin.
SOUTH PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — Middlebury racecar driver Todd Stone will launch his bid for a third straight Airborne Park Speedway track title on May 3.