Thursday June 05, 2014
South Burlington sank Rice 4-3 this past Tuesday, May 27. Gabe Simpatico smacked a RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to burst the game open for the Rebels. South Burlington’s scoring got started in the third inning when Connor Bradley hit a sacrifice fly into center field to score Simpatico. Catcher Justin Gaines followed that score by lacing a hit into play and driving a run in to give the Rebels a 2-0 edge. The Green Knights battled back to tie the game at 2-2, but Bradley used his speed to provide a spark for his team. The junior stole two bases, before crossing the plate on a Rice error. The Green Knights tied the game in the top of the sixth inning on a long single, but Simpatico’s second hit of the afternoon split the tie and helped South Burlington earn its tenth win of the season. Patrick McMackin earned the win for his team, pitching through five innings and striking out four. Matt Baechle shut down the Rice batters in the top of the seventh inning, as the Rebels improved to 10-5 on the season.
The Rebels cruised to a 9-4 win over Middlebury on Saturday. Gabe Simpatico hit everything the Tigers could throw at him, contributing four singles in the game. Third baseman Burt Ryan had two hits in the contest, including a double. Connor Bradley earned the win with another strong pitching performance and South Burlington improved to 11-5 on the season. The Rebels begin their playoff hunt Tuesday, June 3, after press deadline, when they host Hartford.
The Rebels hit the ball well on Saturday, but couldn’t overcome Middlebury as South Burlington fell in an 11-8 loss. Highlights for South Burlington included a pair of triples in the game, courtesy of Morgan Mahar and Julia Templeton. Mahar and Alex Groen each had three hits in the game for the Rebels. Templeton took the loss from the mound for her team, while contributing two hits in the contest. With the loss, South Burlington slips to 4-12 on the season. The Rebels face fifth seeded Mount Mansfield in playdowns on Tuesday, June 3, after press deadline.
The Rebels got another “typical” game from Sarah Fisher this past Saturday; the junior had five goals and four assists in South Burlington’s 16-8 win over CVU. Ashley Norris and Shannon Flaherty took every scoring advantage as the Redhawks struggled to contain Fisher. Both Rebels had four goals in the victory, while Casey Johnson added three goals to round out South Burlington’s scoring. Courtney Barrett and Alex Warshaw split time in goal for their team, making twelve total saves. Coach Anjie Soucy was impressed with her team’s performance Saturday, but continued to stress the importance of fundamentals as the team moves closer to the playoffs. “Transitions, pressure defense, and fine tuning our offense will be our team focus as we finish out our season.” said Soucy. With the win, the Rebels wrap up their regular season with a 10-5 record and prepare to face tenth seeded Rutland in playdowns on Wednesday, June 4, after press deadline.
South Burlington pulled out a narrow 9-8 victory over the always dangerous Essex Hornets on Tuesday, May 27. Cam Nolting had four goals in the game, with his final score coming in the final minute of regulation to give the edge to the Rebels. Willy Champagne netted three goals and an assist, while Malik Hines continued to step up offensively for his team with a pair of scores. Mike Blauvelt made fourteen saves for South Burlington to preserve the victory. The transition of defenseman Malik Hines to attack has continued to pay off for the Rebels and coach Gar Smith. Hines led his team with five goals and an assist in an 18-1 route of St. Albans on Wednesday, May 28. Cam Nolting and Sam Desautels took advantage of a reeling St. Albans defense, attacking the net for three scores apiece while adding three and two assists, respectively. Hank Collins has continued to improve throughout the season and had one of his best games of the year Wednesday, scoring twice for his team. With the win, South Burlington improves to 12-2 on the season, and prepares to face the winner of Mt. Anthony/BFA in the quarterfinals on Thursday, June 5.
The weekend saw South Burlington’s two undefeated boy’s and girl’s programs continue their winning streak as they move deeper into the playoffs. The South Burlington boy’s team defeated Burlington 6-1 in Wednesday’s playdowns before upending Harwood 6-1 in Saturday’s quarterfinals. The South Burlington girls blanked Mount Mansfield 7-0 in playdown action, before defeating Essex 6-1 in quarterfinals. Both South Burlington programs end the regular season 18-0.