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Otters end Viking's streak

Ask anyone in the know who rules the Division II softball world in the state of Vermont and you will be told the Lyndon Vikings. Why? It is not just because they have won the state championship for the past four seasons, but also because they haven't lost a game since beating Hartford 6-3 on April 15, 2005. That is until last week.

Behind the pitching of Ashley Sanderson, and the hitting of Megan Greano and Kristy Pinkham, the Otter Valley Otters defeated Lyndon 3-2 last Saturday in Brandon, stopping the Vikings winning streak at 79 games.

Pinkham and Greeno recorded two hits apiece off Lyndon starter Elizabeth Hamel, while Michaela Harrington and Sanderson ripped key doubles. With the Otters trailing 1-0 in the fifth Harrington lashed a two-run double to give them a 2-1 lead. Sanderson followed suit in the sixth inning by driving in a third run with her version of a double.

Sanderson's real contribution to this huge win came where it has come from her all season long, on the hill. Sanderson pitched all seven innings, giving up two runs on just five hits while recording nine strikeouts and the win.

Her counterpart Hamel, gave up three runs on seven hits, while striking out three and walking a pair. Greer Lemnah had two hits for the Vikings, who fell to 6-1 on the year. Otter Valley improved to 8-1 and may of taken the lead for the top seed in the upcoming Division II playoffs.

Though there wasn't much more action last Saturday plenty of other Rutland County teams did hit the softball team Friday. Here are the results.

In North Clarendon the Minutemen had little trouble with the visiting Woodstock Wasps. Brandy Bennick, Haley Cotrupi and Lynn Wede smacked four hits apiece as Mill River masqueraded the visiting Wasps 37-2. Kayla Plouffe and Casey Dambrackas had three hits apiece for an offense that had very little trouble getting on base. Meanwhile Bennick took care of business on the mound too, pitching the entire game, giving up just two runs and three hits to get the win. The victory elevated Mill River to 8-3 on the year.

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