But the Eagles bounced back on Saturday to finish the regular season in a positive way. Trailing 5-4 going into the bottom of the seventh against the Milton Yellowjackets the Eagles scored twice to pull out a 5-4 win. The winning run scored when Kristen Ouellette worked a bases loaded walk off losing pitcher Danielle Hurley. Laura Livingston went two-for-three at the plate with a double, two RBIs and a run scored to pace the Eagles offense. Hurley led Milton in defeat by working three walks and scoring twice. With the loss Milton finished their regular season dead even at 8-8.
On Friday night in Randolph Ghosts hurler Arielle Connolly threw a two-hit shutout at the visiting Vergennes Commodore. In her seven innings of work Connolly struck out 16 batters and behind her efforts the Ghosts cruised to an 8-0 win. Vergennes starter Katie Lurles allowed just four hits, but suffered from poor fielding from her teammates and a massive lack of offensive support. One of the Commodores two hits was a double off the bat of Sam Flynn. Randolph finishes the regular season at 10-6.
Things didn't get much better for the Commodores offense last Saturday in Duxbury. This time it was Ashley Sweet of Harwood's turn to throw a two-hit shutout at the Commodores. She was matched though by Commodore's pitcher Katie Curler who tossed a complete game one-hitter. Unfortunately for Vergennes the Highlanders managed to manufacture four runs despite having just the one hit and pulled out a 4-0 win. Harwood, who finishes the regular season at 14-2 are expected draw the number two seed in the upcoming Division II tournament. Margy Kerschner and Alyssa Kilburn had singles for the Commodores, who finish the year at 3-13.
The Middlebury Tigers girl's softball team improved to 9-6 last Saturday when they defeated 9-1 in South Burlington. Mallory James recorded two hits, including a triple, and scored three runs for Middlebury, but the Tigers real story was winning pitcher Jessica Gipson. On the mound Gipson allowed just one run on five hits, while striking out seven to earn the win, but she didn't stop there. At the plate Gipson drove in a pair of runs and scored herself. Amber Rockwood belted a run scoring double in the losing effort for Rice.