The Champlain Valley Union High baseball and softball teams will hit the road to play Burlington High on Thursday, before welcoming North Country and Rice Memorial high schools to their home fields on Saturday and Tuesday.
The baseball team will head into Thursday’s game with a 5-2 record.
Essex pitcher Luke Salerno and the Hornets held off CVU in the later innings to beat the Redhawks 3-1 on Tuesday.
“Essex came through with a couple hits,” Coach Tim Albertson wrote in an email. “Salerno threw the ball well and his defense made plays when he needed too. We (CVU) just need to do a better job putting the ball in play with runners in scoring position. It was a great metro match up.”
Essex scored two runs in the first inning and later scored their final run in the sixth. The Redhawks stranded ten base runners including eight in scoring position. Dylan Ireland led the offense with two singles for CVU. Davis Mikell took the complete game loss striking out ten batters, scattering four hits and giving up one earned run.
On May 2, CVU took home a 6-3 win against Mount Mansfield Union High.
CVU capitalized on some mistakes in the top of the eighth inning, Albertson said.
Rayne Supple walked and scored, Jamie Pierson singled, Deagan Poland reached on a bunt single and later scored on a wild pitched to put the Redhawks ahead in the eighth inning. Supple started the game throwing five innings and striking out 10, he also had an RBI double in the fourth inning. Mikell drove in the tying run in the top of the seventh for the Redhawks. He went two for two and was intentionally walked three times. Mikell earned the win in relief, striking out six batters over three innings. Mitch Lane took the loss.
“The team never gave up,” Albertson wrote. “In the 7th inning, they stuck with the basics and produced the game tying run. We continued to apply pressure as we have done all year. Eventually, mistakes occurred and we capitalized on them.”
The softball team had a close game against Mount Mansfield on May 2, losing 5-6. On Tuesday, Essex defeated the Redhawks 1-16.
—Stephanie Choate, Observer staff