Thursday May 07, 2015
South Burlington needed a big win this Tuesday after struggling at the plate in their previous two outings. The Rebels bounced back with authority, closing out a blistering 26-6 victory over Burlington in just six innings. The teams battled through a close first inning that saw the Seahorses edge the Rebels 3-2 for BHS’ only lead of the contest. South Burlington came roaring back through the next three innings, scoring fourteen unanswered runs against the Seahorses. South Burlington got help from their entire lineup, with five Rebels getting two or more hits in the game. Abby Dubuque connected for four singles at the plate, while teammate Morgan Epley added a single and a pair of triples. Zelie Condon Layman, Sienna Eisenhart, and Katie Bose all had a multi-hit game, with all three Rebels contributing a single and a double in the victory. Sara O’Neil added two singles to keep the Rebels moving around the bases. Becky Borazzo earned the win for South Burlington, pitching a full six innings, giving up six hits, and striking out four Burlington batters.
The Rebels held on to the momentum of Tuesday’s big win and pulled off a second straight double-digit hit parade on Saturday when they outpaced CVU 24-14. It was a game that saw not one, but two home runs from the high flying Rebels, courtesy of South Burlington’s offensive weapons Zelie Condon Layman and Morgan Eppley. Becky Borazzo took the mound for her team and earned the win with another solid pitching performance. Katie Bose, Sara O’Neil, and Sienna Eisenhart were in the thick of the action once again, as all three Rebels contributed three hits in the decisive victory. The Redhawks refused to go quietly, however, and CVU’s Elizabeth Boutin did her best to bring her team back in the game, going 5-5 at the plate. With the latest victory, South Burlington evens its record to 3-3 on the season. The Rebels travel to Essex this week to face the Hornets on Thursday, 5/7.
The Rebels took a tough loss this past Saturday, getting shutout 7-0 against CVU. The Redhawk’s Rayne Supple pitched six innings for his team, striking out eight and giving up just two hits, both of which came courtesy of the Rebel’s Spencer Lieberman. Patrick McMackin took the loss from the mound for his team. South Burlington falls to 4-2 on the season with the loss.
South Burlington mounted a furious comeback effort against Burlington in the second half of Saturday’s matchup, nearly pulling off the upset but ultimately falling to the Seahorses 9-7. The Rebels trailed 8-3 at halftime, but came storming back by distributing the ball between their diverse group of offensive weapons. Sarah Fisher, Annika Nielsen, and Ava Hultgren each added a pair of scores in the game, with Fisher contributing an assist in the effort. Danielle Boucher made six saves for the Rebels. “We picked up the intensity in the second half and held the Seahorses to just one goal.” said South Burlington coach Anjie Soucy “The comeback bid came up just short, but the team showed signs and promise of good things to come.” With the loss, the Rebels fall to 4-2 on the season. The team will host Middlebury on Saturday, 5/9.
The Rebels had an up and down week in their most recent two games, falling in a narrow 6-5 loss to Essex last Wednesday for their third loss in a four game stretch, before taking their frustrations out on St. Johnsbury in Saturday’s lopsided 29-2 road victory. The early going in the spring season has seen flashes of South Burlington’s athleticism, ability, and skill, but also exposed the Rebels and their need for continual improvement to be a contender in a highly contentious league. Head coach Gar Smith has built a solid foundation of hard work and fundamentals and is optimistic about what has worked for the Rebels to this point in the spring season. “Our defense has been stout,” said Smith “We recently posted our first shutout of the season against Colchester (a 13-0 rout on 4/27) The unit starts with goalie Mike Blauvelt, and is rounded out by defensive enforcers Peter Camardo, Jeremy Clements, Steve Cone, Tyler Ayers, and Matt Gilwee. Another huge factor early in the season for our team has been the emergence of junior faceoff expert Preston Grippo, who has been able to give our team a huge advantage by winning 75% of his draws.” Offensively, the team continues to be led in scoring by Cam Nolting, who has 38 points so far in the season. However, Nolting has been getting a lot of help from his teammates, as Kyle Murakami and Dylan Avery have emerged as consistently dangerous scoring threats. With defenses shifting to stop the trio, opposing teams have left themselves exposed, allowing for players like Kyle MacDonald and Max Capano to step up for scoring opportunities. With the big win, South Burlington is 5-3 on the season. The team travels to Colchester on Tuesday, 5/5 before returning home to host CVU on Friday, 5/8.
Track and Field
South Burlington finished fourth at Saturday’s Burlington Invitational, wrapping up the event with a team score of 137.5. Kayla Gilding delivered one of her most explosive performances of the season and matched her four-event sweep from a year ago at Burlington. The senior raced to victory in the 100m, the 200m, the 400m, and broke her own meet record in the long jump, setting a new record distance of 18’1”.
Other standout performances on the afternoon included a 2nd place finish for the South Burlington boys in the 4x400 and 4x800 events. Rebels Caleb Kasupski and Jack Graham finished 3rd and 4th in the boys 400m, while Sean MacDonald and James Gregoire took 2nd and 3rd in the 800m. The Rebels will be back in action this week, with the boys team taking part in Bob White Relays in St. Albans on Friday, 5/8 and the girls team hosting the Iverson Rebel Relays on Saturday, 5/9.
The Rebels have started off their season 2-0 with victories at Rocky Ridge and VT National this past Monday and Wednesday, respectively. Monday’s match saw the Rebels led to victory by Chase Sharp, who shot a team low 39 in competition. Sharp was closely followed by teammates Noah Beatty and Evan Geremia, who each finished the course with a 41, a well as Devon Havers who rounded out South Burlington’s scoring with a 43 stroke effort.
Wednesday’s match at VT National saw South Burlington shoot a combined 334, edging out second place finisher Essex by six strokes. Beatty led the way in competition, shooting an 80 on the day, followed by Sharp with an 83, Havers with 84, and Alec Gelfenbein, who contributed an 87. South Burlington travels to Bennington this Tuesday, 5/5 (after press deadline) to compete in the Patriot Invitational.
SOURCE: Peter Caulkin, Correspondent