New England Roundup: Vermont

June, 2, 2011
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There was only one upset in the Division I baseball playoffs Tuesday, but it was a big one.

VermontSouth Burlington, the tournament’s No. 15 seed, received a complete-game pitching performance from Ethan Hanson and knocked off second-seeded Essex 10-7.

Hanson, who struck out four, also hit a three-run home run to give South Burlington a 5-1 lead in the third. Matt Baechle collected three hits for South Burlington, which also received two hits from P.J. Handy.

Essex trailed 10-5 entering the seventh, but scored twice and had the tying run at the plate before Steve Jurkiewicz popped out to end the game.

Essex, which won last year’s Division I title, completed its season with a 13-4 record under first-year coach Chris Richard. South Burlington raised its record to 5-9.

South Burlington wasn’t the only 15th-seeded team that extended its season Tuesday. Middlebury received a complete game from Tyler Provencher and defeated second-seeded Fair Haven 6-5 in the Division II tournament.

Fair Haven, which finished with an 11-6 record, led 3-0 after two innings.

Provencher surrendered seven hits, struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. The victory improved Middlebury’s record to 4-11.

Here are Friday’s quarterfinal-round matchups in each division:


Division I
No. 8 Champlain Valley (12-4) at No. 1 Colchester (15-1)
No. 5 BFA-St. Albans (13-30 at No. 4 Rice (13-3)
No. 15 South Burlington (5-9) vs. No. 7 Mount Anthony (13-4)
No. 6 Mount Mansfield (12-4) at No. 3 Rutland (14-3)

Division II
No.8 Champlain Valley (12-4) at No. 1 Colchester (15-1)
No. 9 Otter Valley (7-10) vs. No. 5 BFA-St. Albans (13-3)
No.15 South Burlington (5-9) vs. No. 7 Mount Anthony (13-4)
No. 6 Mount Mansfield (12-4) at No. 3 Rutland (14-3)

Division III
No. 9 Green Mountain Union (9-8) at No. 1 Northfield (17-0)
No.13 Randolph (5-11) at No. 5 Oxbow (12-4)
No. 7 Peoples (10-5) at No. 2 Bellows Falls (13-4)
No. 6 BFA-Fairfax (11-4) at No. 3 Winooski (12-2)

Division IV
No. 9 Twinfield/No. 8 Rivendell at No. 1 Blue Mountain (13-2)
No. 5 Black River (11-5-1) at No. 4 Williamstown (11-5)
No. 7 Rochester (11-6) at No. 2 South Royalton (13-3)
No. 11 Canaan (5-9) at No. 3 Danville (11-5)

CHANGE OF DIRECTION
The Burlington girls' lacrosse team entered Wednesday’s Division I tournament game against Spaulding with no momentum, but picked an opportune time to end an eight-game losing streak.

Annie Barker scored seven goals and added an assist as the 10th-seeded Seahorses improved their record to 3-12 by upsetting seventh-seeded Spaulding 14-1.

Here are the quarterfinal-round matchups in the boys and girls lacrosse tournaments:

Girls' Lacrosse
Division I/Friday
No. 8 Brattleboro (7-9)/No. 9 Champlain Valley Union (4-9) at No. 1 Middlebury (11-2)
No. 5 Mount Anthony (9-6) at No. 4 Mount Mansfield (11-3)
No. 10 Burlington (3-12) at No. 2 South Burlington (12-2)
No. 6 Essex (7-7) at No. 3 Rutland (13-3)

Division II/Saturday
No. 9 Montpelier (3-8) at No. 1 Chelsea (12-1)
No. 5 Harwood (8-4)/No. 12 U-32 (3-11) at No. 4 BFA-St. Albans (9-5)
No. 7 Lamoille (7-8) at No. 2 Oxbow (14-1)
No. 11 Woodstock (3-10)/No. 6 Burr and Burton (9-6) at No. 3 Rice (11-4)

Boys' Lacrosse
Division I/Friday
No. 8 South Burlington (9-7) at No. 1 Champlain Valley (15-1)
No. 5 Woodstock (12-5) at No. 4 Mount Anthony (12-4)
No. 7 Spaulding (9-7) at No. 2 Essex (14-2)
No. 6 Rutland (10-6) at No. 3 Brattleboro (12-4)

Division II/Friday
No. 9 Hartford (7-8) at No. 1 Rice (15-1)
No. 5 Harwood (11-4) at No.4 Lamoille (14-2)
No. 6 Montpelier (9-4) at No. 3 Green Mountain Valley (9-1)

Saturday’s quarterfinal
No. 7 Burr and Burton (8-8) at No. 2 U-32 (14-1)

ARMED AND DANGEROUS
Fifteen-strikeout performances by Mount Mansfield’s Emilie Moreau and Essex’s Alexis Perry on Wednesday highlighted the first day of the state’s softball tournaments.

Moreau held 12th-seeded Burlington to one hit in fifth-seeded Mount Mansfield’s 7-2 triumph. Her bid for a no-hitter ended in the sixth inning.

Third-seeded Essex advanced with a 10-0 victory over 14th-seeded Spaulding. Perry carried her no-hitter into the seventh. Alyson Campbell collected Spaulding’s only hit.

Many softball games scheduled to be played Wednesday were postponed because of bad weather.

TENNIS ANYONE?
Essex sophomore David Ro won the boys individual state tennis title Saturday by posting a 6-0, 6-0 triumph over Brattleboro’s Chris Brewer.

Ro, the tournament’s top seed, also won the title as a freshman.

Harwood’s Mariel Golden captured the girls title by beating South Burlington’s Samantha Wulfson 6-1, 6-2 Saturday. Golden was the tournament’s runner-up last year.

Roger Brown has covered high school sports in New England since 1992. He currently covers high school and college football in the Northeast for ESPN/Scouts Inc.

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