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Raiders capture city rivalry 9-5

Rutland Raider hitters went on a homerun spree early in their game against their city rivals the Mount Saint Joseph Mounties.

Over the first two innings Geoff Bloomer belted a three-run homerun, Matt Merritt smacked a two-run shot and Mark Comstock added a solo shot to stake an early 7-0 lead, and with that lead they managed to hold off a Mounties comeback attempt to secure a 9-5 win. Rutland wouldn't score again until the seventh when Curtis Garrow delivered a two-out, two run single to make it 9-5. MSJ's big inning was the fourth when they took advantage of three free passes and an error to plate four runs. Eric Ladabouche had a key run scoring single for MSJ in the inning. Comstock led the Raiders offense, adding two doubles to his three-run homer, while Matt Sanborn led the Mounties with a pair of hits and an RBI.

In other baseball action last Saturday in Manchester the Burr and Burton Bulldogs jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first inning, and went on to easily defeat the visiting Fair Haven Slaters 14-4. Mike Marino led the Bulldogs 14 hit attack with a pair of hits and two RBIs. Danny Favreau matched Marino two hits, while starting, and winning pitcher Zach Zoufaly belted a two-run homerun.

On the mound Zoufaly allowed just one hit in five innings of work to pick up the win. Anthony Boucher and Jamie Ayott finished up the game for the Bulldogs who improved to 3-5 with the decisive win. Dan Brown took the loss for Fair Haven, who dropped to 10-2 with the loss.

Amanda Ley struck out 14 hitters on her way to pitching a three-hit shutout last Friday in Westminster, leading her Minutemen to a 8-0 win over the Bellows Falls Terriers in high school softball action. Offensively the Minutemen took advantage of a few Terriers errors to plate five runs in the third inning to put the game away. Chelsea Rudenis delivered the big hit in the inning when she stroked a two-run single. Chelsea Rudenis drove in Ley in the fourth inning with another single, after the Minutemen hurler had tripled to start the inning. Kerrie Record gave up 11 hits while striking out seven and walking two to take the defeat for Bellows Falls. The Terriers fell to 2-11 with the loss. After an 0-3 start the Minutemen had won nine of ten and stood at 9-4 following this win.

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