Aither throws a no-hitter for Colonels

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BRATTLEBORO — Jocelyn Aither fired a no-hit shutout to lead the Brattleboro Union High School varsity softball team to an 11-0 victory over Drury. She walked zero and struck out five on the day.

"Jocie threw really well today. I am so happy for her, this is her first year pitching and she has done a good job for us," said BUHS coach Kelly Markol. "Defensively, we played well behind her and have to continue to play well behind her. She isn't going to overpower hitters, but when she is throwing strikes and her change-up is working we will be competitive."

Lauren McKenney went 2-for-2 with two homers and five runs batted in to lead the Brattleboro offense. Hailey Derosia went 3-for-3 with a double, home run and 3 RBI. Devin Millerick and Emmalee Waite each ended up with two hits.

"We did a nice job hitting with runners on base. The middle of our lineup did a nice job hitting today. Between Hailey, Lauren and Emmalee they combined for seven hits, three walks and 9 RBI," added Markol.

Little League (By Scott Smyth)

BRATTLEBORO — Willem Thurber's fourth-inning grand slam and 3-plus innings of two-run ball vaulted the Reds into sole possession of first place with a 9-7 win over the A's. Turner Clews got the Reds started early with an RBI single in the first. Joey Reynolds hit two doubles and made a number of deft plays in the field. Jasmine Vargas had a base hit in her only plate appearance but also made a great catch in the outfield. Jett Emery had two hits and added steady defense. The A's were in this one the whole time despite Thurber's slam. Down 9-2, they rallied for five runs in the late innings led by hits from Keagan Systo and Alex McClelland. Brandon Weeks hit a triple and a double. Bronson Finnell and Thomas Bell also had hits for the Athletics.

Bike Race

GUILFORD — On Sunday, a 40-mile gravel road bicycle race called the Guilford Gravel Grinder will take place starting and ending at Sunrise Farm in Guilford. The race was originated by Miles and Felicity Billings, competitive bike racers, both formerly of Brattleboro and both BUHS and UVM graduates.

The event is hosted by 545Velo, a biking team from the Boston area. Adult men and women will race and prizes of maple syrup from neighboring Deer Ridge Farm will be awarded. The race will be officially timed by the Brattleboro Bike Shop.

Felicity is the sister of NECCA founders Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion, who will be helping with the event. Their father, Steve Smith, owns Sunrise Farm.


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