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ADDISON COUNTY — The local high school baseball season came to an end on Tuesday, when No. 6 Vergennes came up short in a Division III semifinal. The Mount Abraham and Otter Valley nines each lost late last week in D-II road quarterfinals after winning first-round home games. COMMODORES On June 4 the No. 6 Commodores stunned No. 3 Montpelier with a 10-run top of the eighth to prevail, 14-4, in their D-III quarterfinal and improve to 8-9. They had earlier in the week breezed in their first-round road game. Jarret Muzzy went four-for-four with a homer and double, driving in three runs and...
Here's what happened in Addison County high school sports this past week. See below for this week's schedule of games and events.   *** SCOREBOARD HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Softball Division II Playoffs 6/2 #5 MUHS vs. #12 Spaulding........ 2-1 6/2 #9 OV vs. #8 Lamoille................ 13-6 6/5 #2 Mt. Abe vs. #7 U-32........... 6-5 (8) 6/5 MUHS vs. #4 Springfield............ 15-2 6/5 #1 Lyndon vs. OV....................... 13-1 6/8 #3 Enosburg vs. Mt. Abe.............. 7-0 6/9 Lyndon vs. MUHS...................... 10-0 Baseball Division II Playoffs 6/4 #1 Hartford vs. #8 OV.................. 6-0 6/4...

MEMBERS OF THE Tiger boys’ tennis team jump to their feet and cheer when teammate Abel Anderson wins the decisive point in the clinching match in Friday’s home quarterfinal vs. South Burlington. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
MIDDLEBURY — The undefeated and top-seeded Middlebury Union High School girls’ tennis team last week won twice at home to improve to 12-0 and advance to the Division II final, which will be played on Tuesday at 3 p.m. vs. visiting No. 3 Montpelier. Meanwhile, the Tiger boys, the No. 4 seed in D-I, also won two playoff games to improve to 11-2. They advanced to a semifinal that will be played at undefeated top seed Burlington on Monday at 3 p.m. The Tiger girls dispatched No. 8 Harwood (3-10) on Thursday, 6-1, before blanking No. 4 U-32 (8-5) on Saturday, 7-0. The Tigers defeated Montpelier, 4...

Attacker Zach Jette chases a loose ball in front of the Essex net in the second quarter of Friday’s 8-6 home loss. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — In high school postseason play over the past few days, Vergennes-Mount Abraham cooperative girls’ and boys’ lacrosse, Middlebury softball and Vergennes baseball all advanced to semifinals. Tiger girls’ and boys’ tennis teams and Eagle softball also fared well; see stories in the sports section. LACROSSE The Commodore girls’ lacrosse team, seeded second in Division II, advanced easily in its Friday home quarterfinal, 13-2 over visiting Woodstock. The Commodores improved to 13-2 and will host Green Mt. Valley (9-2) in a Wednesday semifinal at 4:30 p.m. The Gumbies defeated the...

Mount Abe senior Karissa Livingston, who went 2-for-4 in the game, gets a hit in the eighth inning as the Eagles rallied to beat visiting U-32 Raiders 6-5 in Bristol on Saturday. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — For some of Saturday’s Division II home quarterfinal against No. 7 U-32, the second-seeded Mount Abraham Union High School softball team didn’t look like a three-time defending champion.  Maybe it was the first-round bye that meant a nine-day layoff, or the nearly hour-long rain delay. There were baserunning mistakes. Popups on 3-0 counts. Weak swings on the soft offerings of Raider pitcher Grace Johnson. A couple fielding miscues. Meanwhile U-32 (9-6) was swinging the bat well and making plays in the field. The Raiders scored two in the first, two in the third and one in the fifth...

VERGENNES’ PITCHER SIERRA Bertrand throws to the plate in Tuesday’s loss to Peoples Academy. Bertrand, a Commodore senior, gave up six runs in the 15-9 defeat. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School softball team this spring played well enough against a tough schedule to earn the No. 7 seed in Division III and a home postseason game on Tuesday, the program’s first in five years. But the Commodores did not play well enough to win that game. No. 10 Peoples banged out 16 hits off two VUHS pitchers and left town with a 15-9 victory. The Commodores could have been luckier. Several hard-hit balls by VUHS batters off winning pitcher Tiffany Parker went right at her fielders, while balls hit by Peoples batters had a knack of rolling between the VUHS...

VERGENNES UNION HIGH School seniors Gabe Praamsma, left, and Ben Huston, shown at last fall’s state cross country meet, were multi-event champions in the Division III track and field championships in Windsor. File photo by Joe McVeigh
WINDSOR — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ track team won five events at Saturday’s Division III state championship meet at Windsor and finished third among 11 teams competing. Seniors Ben Huston and Gabe Praamsma took part in the five victories. Huston won at 3,000 and 1,500 meters by significant margins, Praamsma won the 800 in a personal record, and both ran on the Commodores’ victorious 4x400-meter and 4x800 relay teams, which each won by large margins. The two runners capped outstanding careers that included multiple top finishes in cross country and indoor and outdoor track....

COMMODORE SLUGGER BARRET Barrows clobbers a double to score two runs in the first inning of Tuesday’s 15-1 rout of visiting Randolph High School. Barrows went two for four in the game, with two doubles and four RBIs. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — The Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley baseball teams all posted comfortable wins at home in the first round of the playoffs on Tuesday. All three will also head onto the road for Friday quarterfinals. EAGLES On Tuesday the Eagles, seeded No. 7 in D-II, opened their title hunt with a 12-3 victory over No. 10 Stratton. Adam Mansfield notched the pitching win for the Eagles, striking out 10 and allowing two hits and one walk in five innings of work. Gus Hill and Joe Graziadei sparked the Eagle offense with three hits apiece, and Ryan Whitcomb and Colby Lathrop each...
ADDISON COUNTY — Three-time defending Division II champion Mount Abraham earned the highest playoff seed among the four local high school softball teams, a No. 2 ranking, while Middlebury in D-II and Vergennes in D-III also earned the right to host first-round games. Otter Valley, a finalist in D-II in 2019, will hit the road in the first round this spring. EAGLES Mount Abe is riding a nine-game winning streak and a 14-2 record into the playoffs. The Eagles received a first-round bye, as did top-seeded Lyndon (12-1), and will open the postseason with a home quarterfinal on Saturday at 3 p.m...
MIDDLEBURY — Both Middlebury Union High School tennis teams put the wraps on successful regular seasons late last week and earned high playoff seeds. The Tiger girls’ team defeated visiting Spaulding on Friday, 6-1, to complete an undefeated campaign at 10-0. The top-seeded Tigers will open in the Division II playoffs this Thursday at 3 p.m. against the winner of a play-in contest between No. 8 Harwood and No. 9. Rice. A win would propel the Tigers into a home semifinal on Saturday at 3 p.m. vs. either No. 4 U-32 (7-4) or No. 5 Mount Mansfield (6-6). No. 2 Burr & Burton (12-2) and No. 3...

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