It is playoff time again for spring high school sports, and numerous Rutland County teams were competing last weekend in quest of that rare treasure for the high school athlete, a state championship. Below you will find a wrap up of who was still alive, and how they fared this past weekend.
The softball playoffs began the week of June 1 and last weekend were in their quarterfinals round. The semifinals were to be play this past week (our deadline for this paper was last Monday morning) with the state championships scheduled for this weekend. Here is your breakdown for Rutland County teams.
The Rutland Raiders, the counties only division I team was still alive at our deadline. The sixth seeded Raiders defeated the eleventh seeded Champlain Valley Union Redhawks I the opening round, and were supposed to face the third seeded Missisiquoi Valley Thunderbirds in the semifinals last Saturday. That game however was rained out and rescheduled for this past Monday. Oh that Vermont weather.
Last years state champions, the Otter Valley Otters are still in the hunt for a repeat title. The second seeded Otters advanced to the semifinals with a 6-3 win over the seventh seeded Springfield Cosmos last Saturday's quarterfinal game played in Brandon. Meranda Bassette banged out a pair of hits, including a double and drove in two run t lead the Otters offense. She was aided by Michaela Harrington who stole three bases and scored twice for the Otters. Meanwhile, Kaylee Tinson took care of the Cosmos bats, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out nine in seven innings of work.
Sarah Vredenburg and Emily Graham had two hits each for Springfield, who finish the year at 8-10.. Ashley Richardson took the loss for the Cosmos.
The Otters had a semifinal date with the sixth seeded Lamoille Lancers, who were coming off a quarterfinal upset win over the third seeded Middlebury Tigers. If the Otters pulled that one out, which was to be played this past Tuesday, they will get a shot at repeating their state title this weekend. Lamoille eliminated the only other Rutland County team, the eleventh seeded Fair Haven Slaters, in the opening round.