Of the three Rutland County teams in the Division - II tournament only the top seeded Otter Valley Otters survived to reach the semifinals. Both the Fair Haven Slaters and Mill River Minutemen bowed out in the first round. The eleventh seeded Slaters fell to the sixth seeded Springfield Cosmos on Wednesday, June 3rd, to finish the year at 6-11. The Minutemen, who fully expected to reach the quarterfinals, were upset at home on Tuesday, June 2nd 9-4 by the thirteenth seeded Cosmos. Mill River finishes their season with 12 wins and just 5 losses.
The top seeded Otters received an opening round buy, and then last Friday in Brandon rode a three run sixth inning to a 4-1 quarterfinal victory over the eighth seeded Randolph Ghosts. Senior Otter hurler allowed just one hit while striking out four to secure the complete game win. Randolph ended their year at 11-7.
In Division I the fifth Seeded Rutland Raiders opened up the tournament ith an 8-0 win over the Burlington Seahorses in Rutland on Wednesday, June 3rd. Katherine Cohen fired a two-hit shutou with 10 strikeouts to secure the post season win for the Raiders. But unfortunately for them it would be their last. Last Saturday in Swanton Danielle Magnant
threw a solid two-hitter to lead the forth seeded Missisquoi Thunderbirds a 4-1 quarterfinal win over the fifth seeded Rutland Raiders. Megan Blongy and Samantha Tuepker had Rutland's only hits, and they finish their season at 13-5.
Canes Upset Raiders in Quarterfinals
The second seeded Rutland Raiders easily defeated the fifteenth seeded North Country Falcons 15-4 in the opening round (Tuesday, June 2 in Rutland) of the Division I playoffs, only to be upset last Friday in the quarterfinals10-7 by the seventh seeded Hartford Hurricanes. With the game tied 6-6 after six innings of play the Hurricanes scored four times in the top of the seventh to earn the win and secure themselves a spot in the semifinals. AJ Hamel had two hits and drove in another three while Ryan McGuire contributed a solo home run to the upset. Logan Scelza was the winning pitcher. Mark Comstock and Matt Merritt had two hits apiece for Rutand who end their season at 13-5