RANDOLPH — The Randolph softball team was short on practice but still nearly attained perfection during Thursday’s 12-0 victory over Williamstown.
Winning pitcher Becky Johnson threw a one-hitter to earn the complete-game victory. She piled up 14 strikeouts while issuing two walks. Williamstown’s Brianna McLaughlin reached base on a bunt in the third inning.
“We’ve got a new team with only four returning players, and Becky didn’t get a lot of pitching time last year,” Galloping Ghosts coach Brandi Comette said. “She pitched some, but this year it’s pretty much all her — and Ella (Davignon) is going to pitch a little too.”
Davignon went 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs. Tricia Eaccarino went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Hayley Messier also went 2-for-4 and Johnson was 2-for-5. The Ghosts scored five runs in the second inning and never looked back during their first true playing experience outdoors this season.
“We were allowed outside (Wednesday), but that was to rake and put up our fence,” Comette said. “We did get a few grounders and fly balls in, but that was pretty much it. By the time the sun went down it turned cold and we went back inside. And it was cold today. It’s been a short outdoor practice schedule, so to come away with a 12-0 win was great. We have a lot of young players, but Becky and Tricia are leading the team.”
Randolph (1-0) will travel to play Vergennes at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Oxbow 15, Lamoille 0
BRADFORD — Emma DeGoosh and Sierra Longmoore both had doubles for the Olympians during Thursday’s season-opening victory.
Oxbow scored six runs in the first inning and put the game away with an eight-run fifth inning. Winning pitcher Madison Fornwalt threw a one-hitter, recording 11 strikeouts and issuing one walk. No player had multiple hits for the Olympians, but the home team capitalized on eight walks.
“It was a good first game and it’s going to be a good year,” Oxbow coach Carl Hildebrand said. “It was our third time on the field. And Lamoille said they still have a foot of snow on their field.”
Oxbow (1-0) will travel to play Woodstock at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.