by Ken Brown
Lady Chargers Competitive in Opening Week
WILLIAMSTOWN – The Craftsbury Academy (CA) softball team lost a heartbreaker on the road against Williamstown before running into a hot pitcher against Northfield last week to open the 2022 season.
Courtney Towsend belted a two run double in the sixth inning that proved to be the game-winner as Williamstown held off CA at home on Thursday 17-13. The Lady Chargers scored the first five runs of the game and held an 11-6 edge after three before Williamstown rallied. Brianna McLaughlin earned the complete game win, allowing one hit and striking out six. Towsend also drew four free passes on the day. Savannah Boyce took the loss for CA and Sadie Skorstad led them offensively.
Piper Mattsson twirled a complete game gem on Saturday, shutting down the Lady Chargers at home 14-2. Hailey Smith took the loss in the circle for CA and Ariana Vandyke and Jessalynn Gravel led the offense. Craftsbury hosted Blue Mountain in their home opener on Tuesday and is scheduled to travel to Twinfield-Cabot on Thursday and Peoples Academy on Saturday to end their week.
Twinfield-Cabot Girls Drop a Pair to Start the Season
MARSHFIELD – The Twinfield-Cabot softball team ran into some tough competition to open the season last week as they struggled offensively against high-powered Northfield and Blue Mountain.
Piper Mattsson tossed a complete game in the circle to lead the Lady Marauders to a 23-3 road win over Twinfield-Cabot last Thursday. Paige Lagerstedt led Northfield offensively with three hits as they improved to 2-2 on the season. Ida Astick and Kimmie DeBona combined for three hits and three runs for the Lady Trojans and Carley Mancini stole home in the loss.
Kyra Nelson did it all for Blue Mountain on Friday, twirling a two-hit shutout and belting five hits on the day to lead the Lady Bucks to a 28-0 road win. Felicity Sulham was a perfect 6-6 at the plate as Blue Mountain batted around twice in the sixth inning to break the game open. August Howe took the loss in the circle for the Lady Trojans and DeBona led the offense with a single and a double.
“The scores were a little rough in the first week, but it is early in the season and overall we were happy with what we saw from the girls early on in games. We struggled in late innings in both games so we’ll continue to work on the girls’ stamina and mental focus throughout the season. We’ll continue to ramp up the batting drills this week to get more girls on base and improve the offense,” said head coach Christin Martin.
Twinfield-Cabot hit the road on Tuesday for a matchup with Richford and will welcome Craftsbury Academy and Richford to town on Thursday and Saturday to end the week.
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