April 24:Rebel Recap

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Thursday April 24, 2014

Softball

South Burlington opened its regular season with an explosive 29-9 victory over CVU. The Rebels battered the Redhawks in a 20 run second inning, connecting for nine hits and capitalizing on CVU walks and errors. Maddie Baldwin, Alex Groen, Morgan Mahar, and Sarah Bouvier all had three hits in the game, in what Coach Seth McQuade called “a well balanced offensive attack.” Julia Templeton made her first varsity start on the mound for the Rebels, earning the win after delivering four strong innings to stymie the Redhawks. Liz Sargent took over in the fifth inning and closed out the game for her team. With the victory, the Rebels are 1-0 on the season.

The Rebels were back in action Saturday afternoon when they played host to Milton. Sargent took the mound for the Rebels in her first start of the season. After shaking off some first inning nerves, Sargent settled down and pitched five solid innings with seven strikeouts, as the Rebels defeated the Yellowjackets in a 10-7 contest that put South Burlington in its first clutch situation of the season. After the two teams battled to a 7-7 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning, Alex Groen got on base for South Burlington with a walk, stole second base, and advanced to third on a wild pitch by the Redhawks. Morgan Mahar stepped to the plate for the Rebels and laced a shot down the right field line, scoring Groen and giving South Burlington a one-run lead. The Rebels added some insurance, scoring two runs after Sarah O’Neil scored on another Redhawks wild pitch, and Mahar singled again to drive in teammate Maddie Baldwin. Julia Templeton took over in the sixth inning for the Rebels and pitched two hit-less innings of relief to close out the game. Sienna Eisenhardt also helped out her team at the plate, smacking a double in the game. While the Rebels improve to 2-0 with the win, Coach McQuade and his team are already looking to the week ahead. “This week will really challenge the squad, as they travel to face two tough Metroopponents.” said McQuade. The Rebels head to Mississquoi on Thursday, April 24, before traveling to St. Albans on Saturday, April 26. 

Baseball

South Burlington started off its season with a 11-4 win over CVU this past Friday. The Rebels added four runs in the fourth inning and five in the fifth. The Redhawks couldn’t get anything by South Burlington’s Gabe Simpatico at the plate; Simpatico went four for four in the game, including a pair of doubles and two runs batted in. The rest of the Rebels were also dialed in on CVU’s pitching- Ryan Burt, Max Smith, and Matt Baechle all had two hits in the game. Smith added three RBI’s, while Baechle scored three times. Baechle also dominated from the mound for South Burlington, coming in to pitch four innings of relief effort and allowing just one run on two hits. 

The Rebels struck early, scoring five runs in each of the first two innings, in Saturday’s 17-11 victory over Milton. Ryan Burt and Paul Valgoi led their team at the plate, as both Rebels swatted three hits in the game. Gabe Simpatico, Matt Baechle, and Max McDowell added two hits apiece. Simpatico capitalized South Burlington’s offense, earning the victory from the mound for the Rebels and shutting down the Yellowjackets to improve to 2-0.

Boys Lacrosse

South Burlington capitalized a high scoring third quarter and five goals from Cam Nolting to defeat Middlebury 9-6 Saturday. The Tigers battled back after going down 4-0 in the first quarter, as Middlebury’s Sam Usilton chipped in four goals. The Rebel defense bent, but didn’t break as Mike Blauvelt stepped up to make 16 saves and Willy Champagne and Dylan Avery each contributed two goals and two assists to extend South Burlington’s advantage. With the win, South Burlington remains undefeated at 3-0 on the season.

Girls Lacrosse

Ashley Norris stepped up to lead her team in Saturday’s 16-10 victory over Spaulding, scoring three goals and contributing three assists in South Burlington’s fourth straight win of the season. As the Crimson Tide defense struggled to contain Norris, teammates Ava Hultgran, Kimmy Norris, Sarah Fisher, Sage Barton, and XiXi Halvorson-Phelan took advantage of holes in the Spaulding defense. Hultgran added three goals, while Norris, Fisher, Barton, and Halvorson-Phelan added two goals apiece. Courtney Barrett and Alex Warshaw split time in goal for South Burlington, combining to make nine saves. With the win, the Rebels improve to 4-0 on the season and will have more than a week of rest and practice before they face a tough test in Essex on the road April 29th.

Track and Field

South Burlington’s girls and boys teams both wrapped up the April 9 home meet with a first place finish. The girls team took home a combined score of 102, beating out People’s Academy’s score of 29. The boy’s team outscored both People’s Academy and Colchester with a score of 115 against scores of 13 and 3 respectively. The Rebels dominated the running events in both the men’s and women’s divisions. First place finishes included Kayla Gilding in the 100,200, and 400m dash, Jack Graham in the 100 and 400, and Katherine Cook and Sidi Abdoulaye in the 800m. In field events, South Burlington’s Phil Lyon, Jonathan Shungu, and Colin O’Brien finished first, second, and third respectively in the shot-put. In the girl’s field events, Gilding, Olivia Dickinson, and Emily Kollar finished first, second, and third in the long jump, while teammate Tina Arani finishe first in the triple jump and tied with Kollar for third in the long jump.