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Teams vie for championships as playoffs begin

By Frederick Pockette

It is playoff time again for spring high school sports, and numerous some local 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 1st and last weekend were in their quarterfinals round. The semifinals were to be play this past week (our deadline for this paper was last Tuesday morning) with the state championships scheduled for this weekend. Here is your breakdown for local teams.

Division I:

The only local team in this field, the eleventh seeded Champlain Valley Union Redhawks, were eliminated in the first round, on Wednesday, June 2nd by the sixth seeded Rutland Raiders.

Division II:

The third seeded Middlebury Tigers had a disappointing, early exit from the tournament in the quarterfinals last Friday night, in Middlebury. Kylie Pratt tossed a three hit shutout at the hometown Tigers to lead her Lamoille Lancers to an exciting 1-0, eight inning win over the Tigers. In her eight innings of work Pratt had 11 strikeouts and no walks in a superb performance. If that wasn't enough, it was Pratt's eighth inning infield hit that plated the games lone run.

Lea Gipson, who went 2-for-3, took the loss for Middlebury Gipson was the other end of a superb pitchers duel. In defeat Gipson allowed no earned runs and allowed just one hit while striking out 10 and issuing no walks. The Tigers end their season at 10-7.

The fourth seeded Mount Abraham Eagles didn't fare much better last Saturday in their quarterfinal match up with the fifth seeded Harwood Highlanders. Harwood's Hannah Lovely's two-run single was the major blow in Harwood's three run seventh inning, turning a 2-2 game into a 5-2 game. Al ead which Harwood held onto in the bottom of the seventh to secure the win, and a spot in the division II semifinal. Lovely had three hits and scored a run to lead the Highlanders offense. But she didn't do it alone. Katelyn Durfee added a double with two runs and Anna Benard contributed another two hits for Harwood. Morgan Lamson pocked up the complete game for the win, striking out nine while allowing two runs on six hits.

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