Champlain Valley Union 7, Essex 2: Jacob Bortnick drove in the eventual game-winning run in the fourth inning and Champlain Valley snapped Essex’s seven-game winning streak on Saturday afternoon.
Bortnick hit an RBI double in the fourth inning that broke a 2-2 tie and finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Colin Vincent added an RBI double and Liam Reiner also drove in a run for CVU (8-3). Reiner earned the win on the mound, giving up two runs in five innings of work, and Ian Parent threw two innings of relief without surrendering a hit.
Anthony Hope took the loss for the Hornets (9-2), giving up three runs on four hits and five walks.
On Thursday, CVU dropped just its third game of the season, falling 2-0 to Burlington.
Reiner and Jacob Griggs each went 2-for-3, while Hunter Anderson took the loss.
Essex 19, Champlain Valley Union 2 (5): Caitlin Toth and Makenna Thorne combined for a five-inning no-hitter as Essex topped CVU on Saturday.
Thorne hit a grand slam in the fourth inning for Essex, while Molly Bruyns drove in four runs.
Hattie Roberts took the loss for the Redhawks, who fall to 6-5.
The loss followed an impressive effort for CVU in a 24-8 win over Burlington on Thursday. Natalie Gagnon was 3-for-3 with a triple and six runs scored, Emily Gagnon had a triple and three runs scored, and Roberts earned the complete game win.
CVU 10, Mount Anthony 2: Charlie Bernicke had a five-point effort as CVU cruised to a win over Mount Anthony on Saturday.
Bernicke scored twice and added three assists for the Redhawks (7-2), Jake Schaefer tossed in a hat trick, and Braven Bose tallied twice.
Will Braun, Xander Miller, and Colin Lach each had a goal, while Johnny Gay and Andrew Tieso split time in goal and combined for three saves.
Middlebury 19, Champlain Valley 14: Lydia Maitland tucked in seven goals for the CVU girls lacrosse team, but it was not enough as CVU fell to undefeated Middlebury.
Maitland added two assists for the Redhawks (4-4), while Kelsie Saia scored twice and Jenna Baginski and Becca Provost each tallied once. Ali Bainer stopped eight shots in a losing effort.
Kate Donahue and Satchel McLaughlin each scored five goals for the 11-0 Tigers.
CVU 6, Colchester 1: CVU made it four wins in a row on Thursday as the team cruised past visiting Colchester.
George Lomas, Ivan Llona, Ethan Leonard, and Josh Ashooh all took home straight set wins in singles. David Huber and Ben Hyams took home a win at No. 1 doubles and Jonathan Walsh and Peter Hyams won in straight sets at No. 2 doubles.
Colchester’s Alex Frank got the lone point for the Lakers, beating Joe Warren 7-5, 0-6, 10-7.
CVU 7, Rice 0: The CVU girls tennis team stay unbeaten with a 7-0 win over visiting Rice on Saturday.
Stephanie Joseph pulled out a tough match at No. 1 singles for CVU (8-0), beating Claire Parry 7-6, 3-6, 10-5. Megan Watson got the straight set win at No. 2 singles, while the Redhawks won No. 3, 4, 5 singles by forfeit.
Sami Brown and Hadley Menk earned the win at No. 1 doubles and Ellery Harkness and Riley Boucher topped the Colchester duo in No. 2 doubles.
—Champlain Valley Union track star Tyler Marshall added another feather to his already full cap during Saturday’s Burlington Invitational.
The senior turned in a record-breaking time in the boys 1,500-meter race to beat the Division I and overall state records.
Marshall finished in three minutes, 56.18 seconds to beat the mark set in 2012 by Brattleboro’s Jacob Ellis.
The University of Vermont commit also won the 3,000-meter race, part of a performance that helped Champlain Valley Union to a third-place finish at the Invitational with 140.5 points.
St. Johnsbury came in first overall (288 points), with Essex following with 159 points.
CVU’s Ella Whitman also took home first in the girls 3,000-meter race, while Sadie Holmes was first in the freshman girls (non-scoring) 1,500.