Wednesday, June 19th
POULTNEY, Vt. -- Brattleboro's Kayla Wood was perfect Wednesday night at Poultney Rec Field. The Colonels pither tossed a nine inning perfect game, 27 batters faced, 27 outs, to lead the number three seed past Missisquoi 1-0 in the Division One state championship game.
Wood, who finished with 20 strikeouts, needed to be that good, because Missisquoi's Dakota Raleigh also put in a strong performance, allowing just four hits and a walk while strking out ten as the game went into extra innings scoreless.
Brattleboro put runners on second and third with no outs in the bottom of the ninth, but Missisquoi appeared to get out of trouble when Haley Struthers line drive to left was caught by Sommer Libby and the Thunderbirds got Bailey Paige in a rundown between third and home for a double play.
But Maddy Derosia advanced to third on the play and that was huge because, with two outs, Raleigh lost a pitch high that went flying to the backstop and Derosia scored from third on the wild pitch for the only run of the game.
Brattleboro broke into a massive celebration at home plate as they claimed a third D-1 championship in the last four years. After, the players said they dedicated the win to their assistant coach, Jeff Rawson, who is battling bone cancer.
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