April 30: Rebel Sports

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Thursday April 30, 2015

Softball

South Burlington softball battled through two tough losses this past week. While the team continued to fight through the final inning, lack of offensive production sank the Rebels in a 7-0 loss to Mississquoi and a 16-2 loss to St. Albans.

South Burlington did get a few quality hits in last Thursday’s game against Missisquoi, even as the Rebels struggled to find an offensive rhythm against the Thunderbirds. Zelie Condon-Layman, Liz Sargent, and Brenna Deavitt all made solid contact at the plate and provided base hits for their team. Becky Borazzo pitched seven innings for the Rebels, giving up eight hits and striking out eight batters, all without giving up a single walk. However, even good defense couldn’t make up for South Burlington’s lack of offense in the game. Up 3-0 in the final inning, Missisquoi batted in four more runs in the seventh to put the game out of South Burlington’s reach.

Saturday’s matchup against St. Albans provided another tough outing for the Rebels, as BFA rode a 9-run fifth inning to sink South Burlington 16-2. Becky Borazzo went four and two-thirds innings in the loss, giving up six hits and one walk. Liz Sargent lead her team with a pair of singles in the game. The Rebels struggled to overcome a masterful pitching performance by BFA’s Maria Machia, who went a full seven innings and surrendered just five hits while striking out fifteen South Burlington batters. With the pair of losses this past week, South Burlington falls to 1-3 on the season.

Baseball

The Rebels played two full games this past week, and finished off a third that had been hanging in the balance since opening day 4/16. Suspended at a 1-1 tie after nine innings, the Rebels took the field once again to wrap up their home game against CVU on Wednesday 4/22, ultimately topping the Redhawks in eleven innings by a 2-1 score.

South Burlington came right back the following day and made short work of Missisquoi by a 5-1 score. Eddie Hockenbury pitched six innings against the Thunderbirds, giving up four hits and striking out eight batters. Spencer Lieberman and Brendan Lahue each went 1-3 at the plate while driving in an RBI. Jake Mann also drove in a run for the Rebels.

South Burlington went on to narrowly edge out St. Albans 9-8 on Saturday, 4/25. A costly error in the seventh inning allowed South Burlington’s Noah Barton to cross the plate for the deciding run. The narrow victory was the culmination of a furious comeback effort that started with the Rebels trailing 8-0 in top of the fourth inning. South Burlington came storming back, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the fourth. The Rebels got offensive production from their entire lineup; Tobias Young, Henry Cunningham, Connor Bradley, and Pat McMackin each had a pair of hits in the game, with Young and Bradley batting in two runs apiece and Cunningham knocking in an RBI. Theo McDowell earned the win for the Rebels in a 3 2/3 inning relief effort. With the three straight victories, South Burlington is 3-1 on the season. The Rebels return home on Thursday, 4/30 to host CVU.

Boys Lacrosse

South Burlington came up short in a second straight one-goal loss this past week, falling 8-7 in a non-league matchup with visiting New York team Salmon River. Cam Nolting led the Rebels in scoring, netting four goals and contributing an assist to try and bring the Rebels back from a 7-3 halftime deficit. Kyle Murakami, Ben Sievers, and Dylan Avery also added scores in the game, while freshman Ryan Hockenbury stepped up in goal for South Burlington to make eleven saves. With the loss, South Burlington is 3-2 on the season, and will face a stiff challenge to get back on the winning track when they host Essex on Wednesday, 4/29. The team returns to the road for their following two games, traveling to St. Johnsbury on Saturday 5/2 and Colchester on Tuesday, 5/5.

Upcoming Rebels’ Schedule April 30-May 7
For current schedules go to sbhs.sbschools.net/athletics/

Boys Lacrosse
May 2, vs. St. Johnsbury,
at St. Johnsbury, 4 p.m.
May 5, vs. Colchester,
at Colchester, 4 p.m.

Boys Tennis
May 1, vs. Stowe,
at SBHS, 3:30 p.m.
May 4, vs. Champlain Valley,
at Shelburne, 3:30 p.m.
May 7, vs. St. Johnsbury,
at SBHS, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse
April 30, vs Burlington,
at Burlington, 4:30 p.m.
May 4, vs. Rice Memorial,
at SBHS, 4:30 p.m.
May 6, vs. Mt. Mansfield,
at SBHS, 7 p.m.
Girls Tennis
May 1, vs. Stowe,
at Stowe, 3:30 p.m.
May 4, vs. Champlain Valley,
at SBHS, 3:30 p.m.
May 7, vs. St. Johnsbury,
at St. Johnsbury, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Golf
May 4, Colchester/Essex/
Burlington, at Burlington CC

Girls Golf
April 30, Host St. Johsbury,
at St. Johnsbury CC, 3 p.m.
May 5, Host South Burlington,
at VT National, 1 p.m.

Boys & Girls Track
April 30, Chelsea, Danville,
Hazen, Milton, at SBHS,
3:30 p.m.
May 2, Burlington Invitational,
at Burlington, 9 a.m.
May 6, Oxbow,
St. Johnsbury, North Country,
at Newport, 3:30 p.m.

Varsity Baseball & Softball
April 30, vs. Champlain Valley,
at SBHS, 4:30 p.m.
May 5, vs. Colchester,
at SBHS, 4:30 p.m.
May 7, vs. Essex,
at Essex Junction, 4:30 p.m.

SOURCE: Peter Caulkin, Correspondent