Middlebury, VT — Co-operative Insurance Companies has named Gina Larrow its Vice President of Human Resources and Fletcher Brush its Vice President of Education and Community Relations.Appointments to the two new posts were made at the annual meeting of Co-op’s boards of directors in April.”We are excited about these changes in Fletcher and Gina’s roles,” said Jim Sullivan, the company’s president and CEO. “Each of them is now in a better position to work on important strategic initiatives, which in turn puts Co-op in a better position to face the challenges of today’s soft market and tomorrow’s competitive landscape.”Larrow is a new company officer, having held the position of human resources manager at Co-op since 2000. She is a former member of the Middlebury UD#3 school board, sits on the board of directors of the United Way of Addison County, and is active in the Middlebury Union High School junior varsity softball program. A graduate of Champlain College, she holds the Professional in Human Relations designation.Brush has been with Co-op since 1980 and has held positions ranging from claims adjuster to customer relations manager to VP of agency services. Among his many other roles, he is a director of the National Bank of Middlebury and a former president of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, the Middlebury Rotary Club and Middlebury Community House. For years, he was also involved with MUHS varsity hockey, Middlebury Junior Golf, and the Memorial Sports Center. In 2007, he received the Middlebury College Citizens’ Medal for outstanding contributions to the community.Co-operative Insurance Companies has been meeting property and casualty insurance needs since 1915, offering farm, home, auto, business, and other insurance to people in Vermont and New Hampshire. It is owned by its members and committed to protecting them with fast and fair claims service, loss prevention expertise, and local operations. The company has headquarters in Middlebury, Vermont, with regional claims offices and more than 50 agencies across Vermont and New Hampshire.
The Franklin County Wildcats lost the lead late in a 9-6 defeat to Harrison on Saturday. The game was tied at five with Harrison batting in the bottom of the fifth when Samantha Wilkins doubled on a 3-1 count, scoring the go-ahead run. Harrison would not relinquish the lead the rest of the game.With the loss, Franklin County’s season record falls to 7-3 on the year. Harrison’s record improves to 4-1.Despite the loss, the Wildcats did collect a season-high nine hits in the high-scoring affair. Unfortunately, Harrison had ten hits on the way to victory.Harrison fired up the offense in the first inning, when Reagan Williamson homered on a 1-0 count, scoring the first two runs of the day.Emily Wisman got the win for Harrison. She allowed nine hits and six runs over seven innings, striking out two.Kendall McCool took the loss for the Wildcats. She allowed ten hits and nine runs, five earned over five and a third innings, striking out three.Maggie Wendel and Kendall McCool each racked up multiple hits for Franklin County. Wendel went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Franklin County Wildcats in hits, while Kendall McCool had two singles.Harrison racked up ten hits. Lita Caruso, Wilkins, Savannah Ross, and Summer Jacobs all managed multiple hits for Harrison.Franklin County will be back in action on Monday evening as the Wildcats will look to get back on track in EIAC play as they travel to Connersville. First pitch with the Spartans is scheduled for 5:30pm.Nothing came easy for the Franklin County Wildcats Junior Varsity on Saturday, as they fell 17-3 to Harrison. With the loss, the JV’s record falls to 2-5 on the season.Harrison took the lead for good with four runs in the third inning. In the third an error scored one run for Harrison, Abbi Kugler singled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run.Harrison scored 11 runs in the fourth inning. The offensive firepower by Harrison was led by Ashlie Dorsey, Zoey Chesnut, Kugler, Sapphire Sabatine, Karlee Banfield, and Lucy Banks, all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.Banfield pitched Harrison to victory. She allowed three hits and three runs over five innings, striking out ten.Hahn took the loss for Franklin County. She lasted three innings, allowing seven hits and 15 runs while striking out four.Hahn, Morgan Bare, and Paige Hall all had one hit to lead Franklin County Wildcats JV.Harrison tallied nine hits. Dorsey, Sabatine, and Banks each had multiple hits for Harrison. Dorsey went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Harrison in hits. Harrison stole five bases during the game as two players stole more than one. Dorsey led the way with two.The Franklin County’s Junior Varsity Softball team will be back in action on Tuesday evening at Greensburg immediately following the varsity contest.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Alex McCool.