Bucks Hoist Two Trophies in One Day


(BNN Photo/K.Murray)

Blue Mountain’s baseball and softball team celebrate each winning the state championship at Centennial Field on June 10th, 2023

Evan Dennis, Managing Editor

CASTLETON – On Saturday, June 10th the Blue Mountain Bucks softball team started the big day for the Blue Mountain community with a 17-6 win over defending champion, West Rutland. The Bucks sent Kyra Nelson to the circle, ultimately going the distance and bringing the Bucks to victory. Nelson would allow just six hits and six runs while striking out five. Aubrey Beaulieu absorbed the loss for West Rutland, surrendering 17 runs on 12 hits and 12 walks, while striking out seven.

The Bucks offense was led by the first two batters in their lineup. Lead-off Lauren Joy had a two run blast over the left field fence to spark the bucks offense in the second. Joy ended the contest with two hits and five runs. Junior Captain, Karli Blood backed Joy up with two hits, four RBI’s and crossing the plate three times herself. The Bucks scored six runs in the top of the sixth to push their lead 11 and give them a cushion. The Bucks would get the final six outs to bring the hardware back to Wells River; but not before making a side trip to Burlington.

BURLINGTON – Saturday night at Centennial Field the Blue Mountain Bucks baseball team won 9-0 over the Arlington Eagles to hoist a trophy of their own. The Bucks sent senior ace Evan Dennis to the bump and he would not disappoint. Dennis would throw a complete game shutout, striking out 18, walking two and allowing a lone hit that came in the seventh inning. Lux handled the loss for the Eagles, allowing nine runs on 10 hits, three strikeouts and two walks across 7 innings.

The Bucks offense was lifted by two bombs throughout the contest. Sophomore Brody Kingsbury hit a tape measure shot in the third inning to push the Bucks lead to four. In the bottom of the sixth Cameron Roy would put an exclamation point on the contest with a missile over the left field wall to push the lead to nine. The Bucks finished things off in the seventh and celebrated with a dog pile in front of the mound as the sun set in Burlington.

The Bucks Softball team arrived at Centennial in the second inning to a standing ovation from the crowd. After the boys took care of business they stormed the field and celebrated together. The winning teams made their way back to Wells River as they were met there with fire trucks who led a parade filled with members of the community. The last time both teams won in the same year was 2015 but this marks the first time they have become champions on the same day. June 10th, 2023 will forever be a memorable date for the Blue Mountain community.