Softball team finishes season in style

Twin Valley’s Jarrett Niles was tagged out by Poultney‘s Taylor Jordan during Friday’s Wildcat win. Photo by Randy Capitani

WHITINGHAM- It took the entire season, but the Twin Valley Middle High School varsity softball team finally notched its first win of the year. The Wildcats did it in style Friday afternoon, coming from behind in the last inning of a tight game for a 9-8 win against the visiting Poultney Blue Devils.
“We kept it tight, one play here or there made the difference,” said Twin Valley coach Jeff Putnam.  “We played good defense. For the  most part we held them.”
Senor Callie Dix was the winning pitcher, playing the last game of her high school softball career.  She also drove in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
“It was bases loaded and two out when she came up,” said Putnam.  “We had already tied the game, but I just knew she was going to get a hit. She hit a good clean single to right center.”
The game was close through the entire seven innings. Each team scored a run in the first inning, and it was 2-2 through the third inning.  Poultney took the lead with three runs in the top of the fourth, and Twin Valley added one in the bottom of the frame. It looked like Poultney was going to pull away, as they scored three more times in the top of the fifth.  
But that would be all the scoring for the visitors. Dix had taken over on the mound for Twin Valley starter Hannah Sullivan, and she closed the door on any more Poultney scoring chances.
At the plate, Twin Valley started chipping away at the Blue Devils’ lead. They scored a run in the bottom of the fifth to close the gap to 8-4.  Twin Valley scored two more in the bottom of the sixth to draw closer and set the stage for Dix’s last-inning heroics.
As a team, Twin Valley hit the ball well. Dix was 2-4 and drew a walk.  Sadie Boyd was 4-4, had three steals, and scored three runs. Jarrett Niles was 2-4, Celia Betit  cracked a triple, and Lorin Pike was 2-2 and scored once.
“I was pretty tickled, they were pretty tickled,” said Putnam.
Despite the win, the Wildcats declined to play in the state division 3 playoffs. They finished the season with a 1-14 record.
Black River 20, TV 0
LUDLOW- The Twin Valley varsity softball team played its next-to-last game of the season on the road Thursday, May 24.  The Wildcats were shut out by host Black River 20-0.
Jarrett Niles started on the mound and took the loss for Twin Valley. Callie Dix followed up and finished the game. Niles, Sadie Boyd, Leah Putnam, and Jayden Crawford each had a hit for the Wildcats.
Andrea Stevens pitched the win for Black River. Morgan Brown, Paige Kelley, Stevens, and Becca Rogers had two hits apiece.


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