H.S. softball notebook: Fairfax says farewell to Stewart

H.S. softball notebook: Fairfax says farewell to Stewart


H.S. softball notebook: Fairfax says farewell to Stewart


BFA-Fairfax recognized and honored a longtime athletic program supporter April 23 before the softball team played against Harwood.

Doug Stewart, who passed away a little over a week ago, was a tireless supporter of BFA-Fairfax softball and all the Bullets athletic programs, said Fairfax athletic director Geri Witlaec.

“He was a good man who will be remembered at every single Fairfax event,” Witalec said. “He was a longtime, unfailing athletic supporter at BFA-Fairfax, a proud parent and grandparent of numerous Fairfax athletes. Over the years he has been invaluable to the Fairfax athletic community.”

Before the first pitch, the Bullets held a ceremony that involved family and people from both BFA-Fairfax and Peoples Academy. The team honored Stewartfor his overall support of the Bullets.

Stacked division

There are quite a few new names at the top of Division I in the first two weeks of the season. In a sport usually dominated by Essex and BFA-St. Albans, multiple programs are ready to fight for a top spot.

Programs like Missisquoi, Colchester, Burlington, Spaulding and St. Johnsbury are all keeping pace with defending Div. I state champs Essex. Missisquoi head coach Jay Hartman does not expect the group to get any smaller.

“I don’t know who is going to be sitting at the top when this is all said and done,” Hartman said. “I think you’re going to see a very competitive division. But what you see at the beginning (of the season), may not be what you see in the playoffs.”

Undefeated start

After graduating Alexis Perry after last year’s Division I state title team, Essex needed to replace their starting pitching. Consider that mission accomplished.

Helping the team to a 4-0 start, freshman Allison Rutz and junior Karen Svarczkopf have been solid in the circle for the Hornets.

“We are still trying to figure it out,” said Essex head coach Randy Wells. “We are starting to hit the ball and we are getting good pitching so far, which has been a pleasant surprise.”

Stalled no-hitter

In the first game of the season, Brattleboro pitcher Kayla Wood took a no-hitter through nine innings in a 0-0 game against Hartford. The game was suspended in the 10th inning due to darkness, putting Wood’s no-hitter on hold. The two teams will pick up the game where they left off on May 29.


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