Weekend Round-up Messier Throws No-Hitter, Lady Rangers Roll Hazen, More

Staff ReportsBASEBALLLake Region 16, Hazen 0 (5)ORLEANS–Matt Messier threw five no-hit innings, and went 3-3 at the plate with three doubles and four RBI's as the Rangers won their mercy rule-shortened contest with Hazen on Thursday. Other highlights form the game included a great game at the plate by Dustin Bathalon, who was 2-2 with a double and four RBI's.Sam Barbeau added a single and 2 RBI's for Lake Region as well.Now the 1-0, the Rangers will host Enosburg today at 4:30.The game was originally slated for Saturday morning, but the field was too wet to play on.SOFTBALLLake Region 35, Hazen 0 (5)ORLEANS–Lake Region sent 24 batters to the plate in the first inning, scoring 19 times, putting the game out of hand before it really had a chance to start."The hits and runs are nice, but I'm most proud of our defense, pitching and our focus," said LRU coach Matt Tinker. "It's easy to lose focus in this type of game, but our girls kept their heads and tended to business."The top of the Lake Region line-up (Corrina Cota, Sarah Burnham, Kayla Royer) made 18 plate appearances, and scored 18 runs.Whitney Poginy was 5-5 with a pair of doubles and a triple, and Hannah Leroux had 5 hits and 5 RBI's.Michelle Thibeault got the win, going three innings, striking out three and allowing a hit.Leroux pitched the final 2 innings, fanning 5.1-0 Lake Region will host Enosburg today at 4:30 to make up for Saturday's washout.BOYS TENNISSt. J 6, No. Country 1ST. JOHNSBURY–Zach Tweed, playing in the number one position, got the only win for North Country as the Falcons' boys tennis team lost 6-1 to the St. J Hilltoppers on Saturday."Overall I was pleased with how the match went, considering our personnel situation," said NCU coach Gary Atchinson.The Falcons were without two of their top players, Travers Parsons-Grayson and Thomas Durivage, and the entire team was forced to play up a position or two.In the rest of the singles division, Soloman Zaga beat Fred Petzoldt 6-3, 6-2, Cameron Kossen went over Carlos Federico Gomez Ortega 6-3, 6-1, and Andrew Medley fell to Angus Yip 6-1, 6-4.Both North Country doubles pairs (Henry DeLaBruere/John Carpenter, Nathan Grimm/Dylan Gray) were swept in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.The team had their Saturday match with Middlebury post-poned, and will be back in action with their first home match of the year on Monday, April 29th at 3:30.