Luke Salerno tossed a complete game with six strikeouts, and visiting Essex broke a deadlock with Rutland with five runs in the fifth inning and seven more in the sixth to earn the 14-2 win in high school baseball on Thursday afternoon.
Salerno went 3-for-4 at the plate while Jeremy Leclair (3-for-4, RBI), Frank Puleo (2-for-4, double, triple, three RBIs) and Tyler Warren (3-for-4, two triples, two RBIs) also contributed to the Hornets’ 20-hit assault.
Austin Cozzens was the losing pitcher.
* Champlain Valley 5, Mount Abraham 2: Winning pitcher Davis Mikell keyed a three-run sixth inning and Champlain Valley opened its title defense with a win at Mount Abraham.
Mikell had the go-ahead RBI in the sixth and also allowed just two hits with 12 strikeouts on the mound in the win. Kyle Stanley, who had an RBI in the sixth, earned the save, striking out three in one inning of work.
Dylan Ireland (double) and Will Bernicke each had a hit and an RBI for CVU.
Mount Abraham’s Nick Driscoll (double) and Cody Alexander each went 1-for-2 while Sawyer Kamman took the complete-game loss.
* Spaulding 12, Milton 3: A four-run first inning got the ball rolling for Spaulding in a take down of Milton.
Jordan Godfrey was 3-for-4 with a three-run homer in the opening frame and finished with four RBIs. Kevin Guild was 3-for-4 with a triple and Josh Kenneson picked up the win with seven strikeouts over five innings.
Jon Covey was 2-for-3 for Milton.
* Rice 11, Burlington 2: Rice scored seven runs on four errors in the fifth to break open the game against Burlington.
Charlie Boardman was the winning pitcher for Rice (1-0) after he allowed two hits and no earned runs over five.
Will Conroy and Tim Shea each had RBI doubles for the Seahorses (0-1).
* Colchester 10, BFA-St. Albans 8: In a high-scoring affair, Colchester outlasted BFA-St. Albans behind Dave Lacroix’s four runs and three stolen bases.
Brandon Arel drove in two runs during a five-run third inning for Colchester (2-0). Devon Dessormeau got the win for the Lakers after pitching 41/3 and puncing out six.
Dylan Callan collected two hits (one triple) and drove in three runs for BFA-St. Albans (0-1), but also received the loss after allowing six runs over four innings.
* Vergennes 13, North Country 1: Vergennes tallied 16 hits and Charlie Stapleford contributed a 4-for-5 effort in a win over North Country.
Nick Richer, Wade Steele, Justus Sturtevant and Michael Danyow each stroked two hits apiece and Devin Hayes struck out eight to get the win.
North Country was plagued by shaky defense all game long, making seven errors.
* Blue Mountain 12, Chelsea 0: Tyler Davis was as close to perfect as a pitcher could come in Blue Mountain’s win over Chelsea.
Davis struck out 20 of 21 batters, allowing no hits and one walk in seven innings of duty. Davis was also 2-for-3 at the plate as Blue Mountain (1-0) exploded for five runs in the fourth to expand its lead.
* Lake Region 16, Hazen 0 (5): Matt Messier was the star of the show as Lake Region blew past Hazen in five innings.
The sophomore tossed a no-hitter on the mound while striking out 11 batters in a complete-game effort. At the plate, Messier went 3-for-3 and drove in four runs for Lake Region. Dustin Bathalon also had four RBIs after going 2-for-2 and Sam Barbeau pumped in another two runs.
* Colchester 7, BFA-St. Albans 3: A three-run sixth inning gave Colchester breathing room as it defeated BFA-St. Albans.
Emi Eakin was clutch for the Lakers (2-0), with 13 strikeouts in a complete-game effort.
Sam Dussault and Caitlyn Abbott each had two hits for BFA-St. Albans (0-1).
* Middlebury 17, South Burlington 7: Kristin Gosselin took over after a rough first inning and pitched six strong innings to help Middlebury grab a win over visiting South Burlington.
Rachel Howlett drove in four runs on two hits, Courtney Crene had three RBIs and Rachel Sheldrick went 3-for-5 with two RBIs for Middlebury (1-1).
Brenna Deavitt took the loss for South Burlington (0-1), while Morgan Mahar led the Rebels at the plate with two hits.
* Burlington 11 Rice 1: Olivia Maher went the distance striking out 13 and giving up eight hits to lead Burlington to win over Rice in the first game of the season.
Ilona Maher went 2-for-3 with a run scored and Alicia Short was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Evelyn Schaedel went 2-for-3 and scored three runs for Burlington (1-0)
Baily McCarathy took the loss for Rice (0-1). Theresa Morin went 2-for-3 with a run scored for the Green Knights.
* Spaulding 14, Milton 8: Elydia Pacetti went 2-for-4 in her varsity debut, driving in two runs to help Spaulding beat host Milton.
Brooke Benoit earned the win for the Crimson Tide, striking out six and allowing ten hits.
Kara Donaldson paaced Milton (1-1) at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a home run. Casey Hurley added two doubles and a single in a 3-for-4 day.
* Mount Abraham 15, Champlain Valley 1: Mount Abraham cruised past Champlain Valley behind the strong pitching performance of Sam Reiss.
Freshman pitcher Claire Potter was saddled with the loss for the Redhawks.
* Vergennes 23, North Country 2 (5): A combined 15 runs in the fourth and fifth innings allowed Vergennes to close out North Country after five innings.
Emilee Trudo was 4-for-5 and scored three runs, while Cat Chaput connected three times and scored two runs. Dani Brown was solid on the mound, allowing four hits for Vergennes (1-0).
Missy Morse was 2-for-3 in the losing effort for North Country (0-2).
* Randolph 6, South Royalton 0: Rachel Johnson hurled a no-hitter to lead host Randolph past South Royalton.
Johnson struck out 15 and walked two in the winning effort while Jackie Lumbra and Mary Kate Poirier had singles for Randolph (1-0).
* Lake Region 35, Hazen 0 (5): Lake Region dominated from start to finish in a lopsided affair against Hazen.
The trio of Whitney Poginy (4 RBI’s), Kayla Royer (5 RBI’s) and Hannah Leroux (5 RBI’s) each went 5-for-5 at the plate to lead Lake Region. Michelle Thibeault earned the victory for the Rangers.
Kira Hislop dropped the decision for the Wildcats.
* South Burlington 17, Rutland 0: Ashley Norris, Anne-Marie Farmer, Allie Flaherty and Sarah Fisher each had hat tricks for South Burlington as it rolled over Rutland.
Julia Hudson and Grace Johnson added two goals apiece for the Rebels (2-0), who have outscored their competition 32-6 this season.