Spring Season Opens for the Panthers
April 20, 2023
TA’s baseball season opened Saturday with the varsity boys’ decisive 11-1 win vs. the Windsor Yellowjackets. Benjamin Rosenberg from the Valley News reported that the team played well together right out of the gate: “Coming off three straight trips to at least the VPA Division III semifinals, the Thetford Academy baseball team looked every bit the part of a unit ready to make it four in a row in Saturday’s season opener.” Sophomore Boone Fahey pitched a strong four innings (six strikes, two walks, and just one hit), with his sister, junior Mason Fahey his battery mate. At bat, the Panthers took advantage of eight Yellowjacket errors and had four hits. Up next, the varsity boys play at Blue Mountain on Thursday. JV baseball opens with a home game vs. U-32 on Friday.
The Panthers varsity softball team also opened their season Saturday vs. Windsor with a solid first game. The girls played a strong defense and were leading – up by three in the seventh inning – before the Yellowjackets mounted a comeback to take the win (13-9). The team had eight hits, with notable plays by Madi Mousley with a home run, and Ashlyn Osgood who went 3-4 at the plate and earned a solid triple. Up next, the varsity girls travel to Craftsbury on Thursday, JV will play their first game at home v. U-32 on Friday.
In Track and Field, TA’s opening meet of the season at Windsor on April 12 confirmed that the boys’ and girls’ teams both remain strong contenders for D-3 titles, but there is important work to do. Morale is high, with many veteran athletes leading the way for an enthusiastic group of newcomers.
Wins by the following athletes led the way for a team win for boys and a runner-up finish for girls over a field of seven teams, total:
Finn Linehan (Pole Vault)
Jada Rich (High Jump)
Ulysses Junker (100m)
Madelyn Durkee (100m, 400m, and Long Jump)
Harley Ransom (110m Hurdles)
Maya Dixon (100m Hurdles and 300m Hurdles)
Henry Trage (300m Hurdles)
Abby Egner (800m)
Ben Mattern (1500m)