CASTLETON, Vt. — Waterville High School graduate Josh Gaudette belted two home runs Sunday to lead Husson University to a 14-6 win against Thomas College and propel the Eagle into today’s North Atlantic Conference championship game.
Both Gaudette’s home runs were two-run shots. Waterville grads Kyle Bishop and J.T. Whitten also made contributions in Husson’s victory. Whitten drove in three runs with a pair of singles while Bishop singled twice and doubled, driving in two. Messalonskee graduate Dylan Foster singled three times and doubled for the Eagles.
Derek Kane and Messalonskee grad Eric Sucy led Thomas with three hits apiece while Nik Beeson and Skowhegan grad Cody Vigue had two apiece.
Husson (26-17) will play Castleton State today at 10 a.m.. for the championship with a potential second game scheduled for 3 p.m.
Castleton 6, Thomas 5: The Spartans scored a run in the top of the ninth to eliminate Thomas from the North Atlantic Conference playoffs. Skowhegan grad Cody Vigue led Thomas with four hits and two stolen bases while Derek Kane added a single and two doubles and Dillon Emerson had three hits. Castleton (28-120 plays Husson today in the championship round. Thomas finishes at 16-25.
USM 11, Suffolk 2: Tucker White drove in six runs as the University of Southern Maine wrapped up its regular season with a win in Gorham. Gardiner grad Forrest Chadwick had three hits and drove in two runs while Erskine grad Nick Grady and Messalonskee alum Sam Dexter each doubled. Shyler Scates (4-1), an Erskine grad, picked up the pitching win. USM is 33-7.
Maine 7, Albany 3: Michael Fransoso had three hits to lead the Black Bears to the America east win in Albany, N.Y. Scott Heath and Troy Black added two hits apiece for Maine (29-18) while Mike Connolly went six innings for the pitching win.
Hartford 4, Maine 3, 11 inn.: The University of Maine closed its softball season with the extra inning loss in Orono. Jenny MacDowell and Nikki Byron each drove in runs for Maine (8-39).
Track and field
Messalonskee graduate Jesse Labreck wrapped up the heptathlon title on day two of the America East championships in Binghamton, N.Y. Labreck led from start to finish, building a 500-point lead on the first day after a long jump of 19 feet, 7 inches.
On Sunday, Mt. Blue graduate Kelton Cullenberg won the 5,000 title in a time of 14 minutes, 51.56 seconds. Winslow native Donald Clark won the shot put with a IC4A qualifying distance of 55-2.
Also Sunday: Maranacook graduate Ryan Martin was named Keene State College’s Male Athlete of the Year. A three-time All-Little East Conference first- team guard, Martin, who averaged 15.9 ppg., led the team in scoring all three seasons, finishing 11th on KSC all-time scoring list with 1,303 points.