BRANDON — Friday was a big day for underclassmen at Otter Valley.
Freshman Reilly Keith got her first start and her first victory and eighth-grader Jodie LaRock singled and scored the mercy run in a 16-1 Marble Valley League softball win.
Keith gave up one hit in her four innings, struck out two and started two double plays on comebackers. She also had a pair of hits.
“She did really well,” said OV co-coach Kelly Trayah.
“She really maintained her composure,” said co-coach Toni Poalino.
The Otters improved to 8-4 and will begin a four-game week next week by hosting Fair Haven on Monday.
Mia Politano stroked a three-run triple and had three hits and Livia Bernhardt and Josie Cones added two hits apiece.
Taryn Darrell took the loss for the 1-2 Terriers.
West Rutland 18, Burr and Burton 0
WEST RUTLAND — Kiana Grabowski spaced three singles and West Rutland took advantage of 13 walks to coast to an 18-0, five-inning victory over Burr and Burton in MVL softball Friday.
Grabowski struck out five, walked one and had a three-run triple by Becky Sanderson behind her. Bailey Sevigny also smacked a triple for the 12-1 Horde, who will host Arlington on Monday.
Finley Forester shouldered the loss for the 1-12 Bulldogs.
MSJ 16, Twinfield 14
PLAINFIELD — Sophie Markowski pitched the distance and had three hits as Mount St. Joseph held on to beat Twinfield 16-14 for the Mounties’ first softball victory since the program’s resurrection.
The Mounties led the whole way and scored six in the seventh for a pad against a Twinfield comeback. Markowski shut out the Trojans for the first three innings.
“It’s a super exciting feeling,” said MSJ coach Keleigh LaBlanc. “I don’t know how the kids feel but ... I don’t have words.”
Ella Paquin and Tori Tracy helped lead the offense. Tracy started a double play in the first inning when the Mounties shortstop went back to catch a ball in shallow left and then double off the runners with a strong throw to first baseman Makayla Williams.
Twinfield, which beat MSJ in a runaway earlier this season, fell to 2-10.
The Mounties will visit Black River on Monday.
“I’m excited to see what will happen,” LaBlanc said.
Fair Haven 12,
FAIR HAVEN — Zoey Cole pitched a four-hitter and had four hits and four RBIs as Fair Haven stopped Windsor 12-1 in MVL softball Friday.
Katrina Bean was 3 for 5 with a pair of RBIs for the 8-4 Slaters.
Allison Lanfear had a pair of hits for Fair Haven. The Slaters will be at Otter Valley on Monday.
Windsor falls to 3-8.
Green Mountain 15, Twin Valley 0
CHESTER — Erica Knockenhauer allowed only one hit in Green Mountain’s 15-0, mercy-rule win over Twin Valley on Friday.
Knockenhauer struck out 11 batters.
Twin Valley was the home team on the road, as their field is too wet to play on.
Tiernary O’Brien was 3 for 4 for the Chieftains and Maya Farrar had a pair of hits.
Green Mountain (11-3) will host Andy Bladyka’s D-II Springfield Cosmos on Monday.
Twin Valley is at 1-10.
Springfield 8, Hartford 0
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Springfield defeated Hartford 8-0 Friday for its seventh straight win.
The Cosmos played three games this week on three successive nights and outscored their opponents 38-0.
Hannah Crosby picked up the win, allowing two hits over five innings.
Freshman Izzy Belisle pitched the last two innings — her second straight night of scoreless relief work.
Molly Leonard, Jenna Veysey and Mycah White all had two hits for the 10-2 Cosmos.
Springfield takes its winning streak into Chester on Monday to face 10-3 D-III Green Mountain.
Hartford falls to 2-9.
Leland & Gray 15, Woodstock 12
WOODSTOCK — Sarah Andersen smacked a triple, two doubles and a single and drove in two runs in Leland & Gray’s 15-12 win at Woodstock in MVL softball Friday.
She also got a save by finishing up for winning pitcher Abby Lowe.
The 7-6 Rebels smacked 17 hits, with Sydney Hescock hitting two triples and driving in four runs and eighth-grader Tela Dykes hitting a double and a triple and driving in two.
Lizzie Peck took the loss for 5-7 Woodstock, which got two hits each from Sami Yates (including a triple) and Haley Mullins.
The Rebels visit Twin Valley on Monday.
Proctor 13, MSJ 3
PROCTOR — Joe Valerio is back at shortstop and all’s well again in Proctor.
Recovering slowly from surgery, Valerio played first base for Proctor until Friday and made two sparkling defensive plays to support four innings of no-hit pitching by Jacob May in a 13-3, five-inning MVL baseball game.
“Those two plays probably saved hits. I’m sure happy to have him at shortstop,” said coach Jeff Patch.
“We were 0-3 and now we’re 5-4. I’m really proud of that,” Patch said.
May struck out two and lasted until giving up two hits in the fifth. MSJ fell to 1-10 with T.J. Euber taking the loss.
Liam Beaulieu had two hits and three RBIs for the Phantoms. Kyle Laughlin had a two-run double and Jacob Perkins an RBI double.
Proctor will complete its regular season with three games on the road, beginning with MSJ on Monday. Green Mountain and Black River are the other opponents.
Otter Valley 3
BRATTLEBORO — Brandon Gibeault spaced three Otter Valley hits and Brattleboro handed OV its first loss of the season 13-3 in MVL baseball Friday.
“He kept us off-balance but we put the ball in play and we had opportunities,” said coach Mike Howe, whose team brought the tying run to the plate later in the game. “I told the kids we’ve got to refocus against Burr and Burton (Saturday) and I think we’ll do that.”
Patrick McKeighan took the loss for OV with Nate Hudson finishing up.
“We didn’t throw a lot of strikes today. We weren’t fundamentally sound and it’s hard to beat a team like that when you aren’t,” Howe said.
The 9-4 Colonels spread out their hitting, with Adam Newton the only guy with two base knocks for Brattleboro.
Josh Beayon had a two-run single and Hudson and Kollin Bissette had the other OV hits.
BBA visits the Otters on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Mill River 2
SPRINGFIELD — Springfield beat Mill River for the second time in two days, 19-2 in MVL baseball on Friday, and bumped its record to 4-9.
Mill River fell to 1-12.
Rutland 11, Hartford 1 (6 innings)
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Ben Simpson pitched the victory with five innings of work and Rutland spread out the offense in an 11-1 victory over Hartford in MVL baseball Friday.
The Raiders are now 5-6.
They built a 5-0 lead on an RBI single and run-scoring double by Justin Aker, Javan Valente’s RBI double and Sean Olsen’s and Simpson’s run-scoring singles.
Simpson wound up with two hits and three RBIs and Olsen two and two. Zach Bates had two hits and scored three times for Rutland.
The Raiders had a 5-1 lead when they pulled away to close out the 3-7 Hurricanes in six innings.
Curtis Berry took the loss for Hartford. Kyle Hamilton had two hits for the hosts.
Simpson struck out three and did not allow an earned run.
The Raiders will visit Mill River on Monday.