Senior pitcher Katie Rayner turned in another outstanding complete game Saturday, striking out 14 in a 2-hitter as Milton beat St. Johnsbury 3-0.
The Yellowjackets improved to 7-7 with their third shutout of the season, all coming in the past two weeks. Milton has allowed just three runs in six games and remained fifth in the Division II standings with two games remaining.
Fair Haven (9-5) sits just in front at No. 4, but Milton would need an upset to move up with the Slaters closing the regular season this week against Windsor and Bellows Falls. Fair Haven beat Windsor 22-4 in their first meeting and routed Bellows Falls 18-3 on Saturday. Milton takes on Vergennes (6-7) at home this afternoon and closes at Rice (0-13), but can only move up if Fair Haven loses one of its last two.
Jayden Groves had a triple and a single for Milton on Saturday in St. Johnsbury, scoring one run. Adrianna Desranleau and Brielle McDonald each had two hits and a run.
On Tuesday in Milton, Vergennes managed just four hits and didn’t get a walk from Rayner, but eight Yellowjacket errors and a strong two-way performance from Tamara Aunchman paved the way for the Commodores’ 6-3 Metro Division softball win Monday.
Rayner struck out a dozen batters and topped Aunchman’s three-hit day, going 4-for-4.
Groves homered and singled for Milton, which also got two hits, including a double, from McDonald.
Milton collected eight hits against Aunchman, who struck out eight.
The Yellowjackets fell to 7-8 and missed a chance to clinch at least the fifth seed for the Division II state tournament that begins next week. Milton closes the regular season Thursday at winless Rice, and would wrap up the No. 5 slot with a win against the Green Knights.