JERICHO – A bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth sent Mount Mansfield to a thrilling, 12-11 win over Middlebury in high school softball action Tuesday.
Louannatha Benoit drew the walk and Mary Likhite trotted home for the winning run for the Cougars (3-1), who scored three runs in the sixth and another in the seventh to force extra innings.
Sydney LeBourveau, who earned the win in a complete-game performance, went 3-for-5 at the plate with a home run and two RBIs.
Delicia Forsyth homered and drove in two runs, while Emma Phalen also smacked a round-tripper in a 2-for-2, two-RBI day and Molly Burke went 2-for-3 for MMU.
Hannah Lawrence had three hits and Payton Buxton and Sandra Laroche each had two hits and two RBIs for Middlebury (0-1). Buxton went the distance in suffering the defeat.
•Missisquoi 17, Rice 1: Visiting Missisquoi plated nine runs on six walks and three hits in the first inning, setting the tone for the win at Rice.
Olivier Thayer paced the early outburst with a two-run double for MVU (4-1). Thayer finished with four RBIs, while Tricia Wright went 2-for-3 with three walks and three runs and winning pitcher Emily Wilcox fanned seven in the complete game.
Rachel Chicoine had a sacrifice fly and Elise Prehoda suffered the defeat for Rice (1-3).
• North Country 10, Milton 9: Callie Young’s infield hit in the seventh inning produced the walk-off win for host North Country.
North Country’s Bayla Stuart was ruled safe at the plate for the winning run. Young finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs while Kylie Wright’s three-hit day included a home run and three RBIs and Alysha Grenier tripled in a 3-for-3 effort.
Kasey Champney earned the win and struck out four for the Falcons (2-1).
For Milton, Kara Donaldson homered and later came around to score on a four-base error. Brielle McDonald went 2-for-3 with two walks and losing pitcher Shanon Foley had two hits.
•Essex 8, Mount Abraham 6: Allie Rutz struck out 11 in a complete-game effort and Essex used a four-run second inning to key its victory at Mount Abraham.
Shannon Gay went 2-for-4 with a triple for the Hornets (4-0).
Rachael McCormick, who struck out 10 in the complete-game loss, went 3-for-4 for the Eagles (2-2).
•BFA-St. Albans 5, St. Johnsbury 2: Maria Machia scattered seven hits and struck out nine batters, Mariah Boudreau provided a clutch two-out single and host BFA-St. Albans outlasted St. Johnsbury.
Kaitlin Laroe and Justina Lumbra each had two hits for the Comets, while Jordan Cady and Hannah Westfom led the Hilltoppers with two hits as well.
•South Burlington 26, Burlington 6 (6): Breaking the game open with an eight-run, seven-hit third inning, visiting South Burlington routed Burlington.
Abby Dubuque had four hits, Morgan Eppley’s three hits included two triples, and three other players had two hits apiece for the Rebels (2-3). Becky Borazzo earned the win, yielding six hits and no walks in six innings.
• Lake Region 26, Hazen 0 (5): A 15-run first inning paved the way to host Lake Region’s first win of the season at Hazen’s expense.
Hayley Ingalls’ three hits included a two-run triple, Abby Ladd also collected three hits and Megan Menard hit a solo home run for the Rangers (1-3).
Alex Smith earned the win, allowing three hits and striking out three in five innings of work.
•Richford 11, Enosburg 0: Host Richford cranked out 13 hits to fuel its win over Enosburg and stretch its unbeaten start to 3-0.
Alex Benoit had two hits to aid her winning effort in the circle, a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts. Sarah Doe went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored. Melanie Godin, Sadie Fuller and Hannah Gleason (two RBIs) added two hits each.
Courtney Tatro had both hits for the Hornets (3-2) and Emilee Bose took the loss.
•BFA-Fairfax 10, Peoples 1: Kayla Nester went 3-for-5 with a triple and a home run, driving in two runs, to help power visiting BFA-Fairfax’s win over Peoples.
Kayla Mathieu went the distance for the win, recording eight strikeouts against seven hits, and finished 2-for-4 at the plate. Kaitlyn Barnake (three hits) and Julia Stergas (two RBIs) also had multi-hit showings.
Kristen Merrill was 2-for-3 to lead the Wolves, Sabrina Lacasse had an RBI and Megan LaMare took the loss in five innings of work.
•Northfield 15, Lamoille 13: Lindsey Maloney notched six strikeouts in seven innings and visiting Northfield plated four runs in the seventh inning to rally past Lamoille.
Sidney Patch had three hits and Haylee Whitney added two for the Lancers and Emily Peavey drove in five runs.
Ahlexus Dukette (two hits) and Aurora Drown each drove in four runs to lead the Marauders.
• South Burlington 7, Burlington 2: Winning pitcher Connor Bradley aided his own cause with a three-hit day and South Burlington defeated Burlington at Orrie Jay Field.
Bradley went five innings and allowed one hit and two runs while striking out seven and walking five. South Burlington (4-1) plated four runs in the seventh to seal its fourth straight win.
Holden Ackerman had a two-run single in the third inning to account for Burlington’s runs. Zach Mazuzan took the loss, striking out five and allowing five hits and two earned runs over six innings.
Burlington (2-2) committed four errors to South Burlington’s none.
• Champlain Valley 17, Spaulding 1 (5): Starter Sam Mikell and Thomas Stevens combined for five-inning no-hitter as Champlain Valley won at Spaulding.
Mikell earned the win, tossing four no-hit innings with five strikeouts and one walk.
At the plate, Dan Poodiak went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Jack Dugan (two RBIs) and Will Potter (RBI) also went 3-for-4 for the 3-1 Redhawks.
Nick Blow suffered the setback for Spaulding (1-4).
• Essex 20, Mt. Abraham 0 (5): With an 18-hit performance, Essex coasted to win at Mount Abraham.
Joey Robertson’s three hits included a double, Tyler Couture also had three hits and Jacob Gaboriault doubled among his two hits for the Hornets (2-3). Brian Godard tossed four innings and allowed two hits to get the win.
Matt Mullin doubled for the Eagles (1-3).
•Rice 13, Missisquoi 7: Anthony Phillip, Austin Purinton and Henry Conroy had three hits each to lead host Rice’s 18-hit outburst in a win over Missisquoi.
Will Hesslink, Sean Remillard, John Boardman and Chris Jansen also notched two hits apiece for the unbeaten Green Knights. Henry Conroy fanned 10 batters in the winning effort.
Ryan Markey went 3-for-5 for the Thunderbirds, Levi Stanley and Andrew Hubbard had two hits each and Cayden Theberge took the loss.
•St. Johnsbury 7, BFA-St. Albans 1: Winning pitcher Colton Hudson had a two-run single and St. Johnsbury topped host BFA-St. Albans.
Hudson, in the complete game, scattered 10 hits to win the win on the mound, while Andrew Graciano picked up two hits and two RBIs for the Hilltoppers (2-2).
Ben Lovelette, Cody Parah and Mark Connor each had two hits for 1-3 BFA. Matt Sanders took the loss.
•BFA-Fairfax 8, Peoples 3: Winning pitcher Kyle Combs bombed a three-run homer in the sixth inning as BFA-Fairfax pulled away at Peoples.
Combs collected the win on the mound, striking out nine and allowing five hits and three runs over six innings. Alex Chapman and Asa Hoover each went 2-for-4 for the Bullets (2-1).
Tucker Judkins tripled in a 2-for-3 effort for PA (3-1). Kiley Moody took the loss.
•Harwood 3 Montpelier 2 (8): Ben Read’s single in the eighth inning drove in Jake O’Brien with the go-ahead run as visiting Harwood edged Montpelier.
Sam McGinty, Ryan Semprabon and Dean Touchette had two hits apiece to lead the Highlanders (1-1). Dylan Bailey earned the win in two innings of relief.
Andrew Holt had two hits to pace the Solons (0-3) at the plate. Erik Kuegel took the loss in relief of Jorge Rosodo, who struck out 10 in six innings of work.
•Lake Region 12, Hazen 1: Kolby George had two hits and two RBIs, Brady Perron added two singles and an RBI, and Matt Messier plated three more runs as host Lake Region dropped Hazen.
Denver Bodette yielded three hits, a walk and struck out four in four innings to earn the win for the Rangers.
Jaxson Hussey took the loss for the the Wildcats, while Todd Howard and Denis Lecours notched hits and Jacob Miller drove in the lone run.
•Danville 19, Winooski 3 (6): Connor Johnson fanned nine batters and scattered five hits as he twirled a complete-game victory for Danville over host Winooski.
Travis Grosse and Colton Loura had three hits each for the Indians, who scored five times in the first inning to set the tone for their first win of the year.
Brandon Bigelow went 2-for-3, scoring twice, for the Spartans (0-3). Connor Drown took the loss.
•Lamoille 18, Northfield 1 (5): Pounding out 13 hits, getting a combined no-hitter from Kody Jones and Lucas Lanphear, and scoring 12 times in the fourth inning, host Lamoille cruised to victory against Northfield.
Reid Sommers (triple), Jones (triple, four RBIs), Aidan Trombley (four RBIs) and Nate Selby each had two hits for the Lancers (3-0).