Raiders finish season

RUTLAND The Rutland High School Raiders completed their regular season last Thursday, losing at home to the Hartford Hurricanes 4-3. Rutland had an opportunity to tie the game in their final at bat. With one out Mike Dorion singled and stole second base Joe Rodolfy hit a fly deep to left that was snagged by left fielder Pat Riley. Dorion tagged up and attempted to advance to third on the play, but Riley, after catching the ball on the run flipped it to center fielder Logan Scelza, who in turn fired the ball to third base, cutting down Dorion and ending the game. Scelza led the 13-3 Hurricanes to the 4-3 win by banging out three hits, including a homerun, and he scored the game winning run. Matt Pause had two hits with an RBI for the Hurricanes. Rutland awaits the post season with a 12-4 record. Otters fall short of major upset Trailing the Yellow Jackets 17-7 after five innings of play last Thursday in Windsor the Otter Valley Otters had the option of calling it quits and going home via the mercy rule. But quit wasnt a word in the Otters vocabulary. Not only did they keep playing, but trailing 18-8 going into the seventh inning they almost came all the way back, coming up just short, 18-16. When Windsor brought in reliever Hunter Knox the Otters had already scored eight times and had runners at second and third with just one out. A single would have completed the comeback and tied the game at 18-18, but Knox got the next two batters to ground out thus securing the win for the Yellow Jackets, who ended their regular season at 8-8. Ben Williams, Joey Massores and Jeff Jackson all saw time on the hill for the Otters. Otter Valley finished at 3-13 for the season. Slaters fall in regular season finale The Fair Haven Slaters ended their 2008 regular season last Thursday in Bellows Falls on a disappointing note. After coming back from a 3-2 deficit in the top of the seventh to pull ahead 4-3, they then watched as the Terrers put up two of their own in the bottom of the seventh to claim the 5-4 win. Dan Favreau paced the Terriers, who improved to 5-10 with the win. Favreau had two hits, including a double and drove in two. Relief pitcher Richard Coltey had two hits, and Sam Macomber drove in a run with a triple for the Slaters. Rebhan throws a one-hitter In Poultney High School action last Wednesday, Ian Rebhan threw a one hitter to lead his Black River Presidents to a 15-0, one hit win over the visiting Poultney Blue Devils. Rebhan threw the shutout along with five strikeouts without issuing a walk. Offensively, David O'Neil and Johnny Durgin led the charge with three hits apiece for the Presidents. Chris Kowalski added two hits. The Presidents improved to 13-2 with the win, with one game left against Proctor. Lady Raiders blank Hurricanes There were plenty of high school softball teams finishing their seasons up last Wednesday and Thursday too. For starters the Rutland Raiders, behind the arm of Katherine Cohen, defeated the Hartford Hurricanes 6-0 in Rutland. Cohen tossed a four hit shutout at Hartford during which she recorded 11 strikeouts while issuing just one walk. Offensively, the Raiders got key contributions from Karen Waterman, Megan Blongy and Lura Heck. Waterman went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while Blongy added three hits and Laura Heck drove in two runs. The Raiders finish their season at 9-7, while Hartford ends the regular season at 10-6. Pratt propels Rockets to victory In Rochester, Megan Pratt tossed a one hitter as her Rockets shutout the visiting Proctor Phantoms 7-0. Even more amazing in this game was the fact that the Rockets scored seven times on only two hits, with Alicia White and Bennett McPhetres getting those. The win allowed Rochester to finish the year at 12-4. Bulldogs top Slaters, 5-4 In Manchester the Burr and Burton Bulldogs, behind a four run fourth inning defeated the visiting Fair Haven Slaters 5-4 to get their first win of the year. Grace Schwartz had a triple and Lindsay Bierwirth went 2-for-3 for the victorious Bulldogs. Sarah Traverse suffered the loss for the Slaters. Black River completes perfect season Last Wednesday in Rutland, the Black River Presidents closed out a perfect regular season by rolling over the Mount Saint Joseph Mounties 18-2. Left-handed freshman Angie Valente pitched the first four innings to pick up the win. In her four innings of work she gave up two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and a pair of walks. Amanda Chambers relived and allowed just one base runner, via a walk, over the final three innings. Lacey Gilligan and Colleen Shouldice had RBI singles for the Mounties who will miss the post season with a final record of 3-13. The win elevated the Presidents to 15-0 with one game left against Proctor (played last Friday) before they enter the playoffs. Rockets soar to monster victory Last Wednesday, in Proctor, Sam Mishkit hit two doubles and a triple to lead her visiting Rochester Rockets to a 22-4 win over the hometown Phantoms. Helping Mishkit, Miranda Shepard and Megan Pratt with two hits apiece. Prat was also the winning pitcher, pitching four innings, giving up two runs on four hits.

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