By Lauren Read
The Champlain Valley softball and baseball teams battled snow, rain and wet fields throughout the beginning of the spring season.
You could not tell once they got on the diamond Saturday.
The Redhawk softball team got a strong pitching performance from Hattie Roberts to top Rutland 8-7, and the CVU baseball team edged the visiting Raiders, 1-0, as both teams opened the regular season with wins.
Roberts went all seven innings for CVU (1-0), striking out nine and helping the hosts hold off a late-inning rally from the Raiders.
“It was a great way to start this year. The girls are really hoping to set a new tone,” said CVU softball coach Mike Sullivan. “I think it was a good start.”
Natalie Gagnon went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Josie Sinopoli added three hits.
“We hit the ball pretty well. We ended up with 14 hits,” Sullivan said. “We did (well) enough to beat them.”
The Redhawks (1-0) baseball team benefited from a complete-game performance from Hunter Anderson, who allowed two hits and struck out three.
Chris O’Brien scored the only run of the game in the second inning, with Jacob Murphy earning the RBI.
Here is some of the other action from opening week of CVU spring sports:
Champlain Valley 13, Rutland 11: Will Braun found the back of the net four times to help Champlain Valley grab its first win of the season.
The Redhawks, who topped host Rutland, also saw Charlie Bernicke add three goals and an assist. Jake Schaefer chipped in with two goals, while Walter Braun, Sam Sturim, Max Akey, Jake Evans and Braven Bose each tallied once.
Andrew Tieso stopped six shots to earn the win for CVU (1-1).
Middlebury 13, Champlain Valley 6: A five-goal performance from Middlebury’s Isabel Rosenburg sunk host Champlain Valley in a loss on Friday afternoon.
Lydia Maitland paced the Redhawks (0-2) with a goal and three assists, while Cate Noel and Becca Provost each tallied twice. Ali Wainer made 10 saves in goal for CVU.
Kate Donahue chipped in four goals, and Andi Boe added two goals for the Tigers.
Champlain Valley 4, Colchester 3: Champlain Valley’s No. 1 doubles team rebounded from a first set loss to help the Redhawks top Colchester for their first win of the season.
David Huber and Nevin Hood beat Colchester’s Andrew St. Pierre and Ethan Dean, 4-6, 7-5, 10-6, while CVU’s other doubles tandem, Richard Hall and Peter Hyams, beat Liam Martin and Josh Wefers, 6-4, 6-3.
Ivan Llona and Josh Ashooh came up with wins in singles for the Redhawks (1-0), while Colchester’s Nick Tram, Ben Raphe and Jimmy Collins earned wins in the singles bracket.
Champlain Valley 7, Colchester 0: Host Champlain Valley won all seven matches in straight sets to move to 2-0 on the season with a win over Colchester.
Stephanie Joseph, Renee Dauerman, Sophie Dauerman, Kendall Blanch and Meara Heininger all won their singles matches.
Arielle DeSmet and Megan Watson teamed up for a win at No; 1 doubles.