There is nothing more exciting in the world of sport than a single elimination tournament that determines a championship. Anything can happen. No matter how good, or bad your respective team is, anyone can beat anyone else on any given day. Favorites can get knocked off early, and under dogs can advance farther than anyone thought possible, or not.
The single elimination format is what Vermont high schools use to determine their state champions in all their sports. The playoffs for the spring sports season began on Tuesday, June 2nd, and as of Monday morning (this paper's deadline) each sport had completed their quarterfinal round, reducing each divisional field to just four teams.
Many Rutland County teams were in action last weekend competing for a spot in the state semifinals. Others were eliminated in the opening round, while a few did not even make the playoff field. Of those that did compete this weekend some survived to play on, while others were eliminated. Read on to see how our local teams fared in softball and baseball as well as boys and girls lacrosse.
Otters and Golden Horde Reach Semifinals
The lone Rutland County representative in the Division-IV tournament are still alive and kicking. The 5th seeded West Rutland Golden Horde began the post season by destroying 12th seeded Long Trail 33-3 in the opening round (Wednesday, June 3rd) before shutting out Twinfield 4-0 in quarterfinal action last Saturday in Plainfield. Sara Walczuk tossed a four hit shutout for the victorious Horde, while Emily Sumner blasted a double for the big offensive hit. Twinfield finishes their season at 12-5.
In Division III the fifth seeded Poultney Blue Devils made an early exit, as they were upset in the opening round 4-0 by twelfth seeded Rivendale. The Blue Devils wind up 11-5 after the disappointing playoff loss.