RANDOLPH — Sophomore pitcher Cassie James and the Harwood softball team let out a collective sigh of relief after Tuesday’s 16-15 victory over Randolph.
The Highlanders were flying high following a nine-run fourth inning, but the Galloping Ghosts nearly pulled off the comeback by retaliating with six runs in the bottom of the seventh. With the tying run on base, Harwood third baseman Emma Ravelin scooped up a weak grounder and fired to first for the final out.
“The defense was solid all game and we only had one error,” Harwood coach Ed Lamson said. “The cold and the rain got to Cassie a little bit at the end but she did a good job. She’s still learning the craft, but she’s pitched every game this year and she was throwing strikes the first few innings today.”
James recorded four strikeouts, gave up six hits and issued 10 walks. She went 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs and three runs scored. Teammate Morgan Sheltra went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the second inning. She also scored three runs. Defensively, HU shortstop Ashley Proteau caught a line drive and threw a runner out at third base to end the first inning with a double play after the bases were loaded.
Randolph’s Serena Hanrahan went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Losing pitcher Becky Johnson recorded four strikeouts, gave up 12 hits and issued two walks. The Ghosts built an early 2-0 lead before Harwood pulled ahead 3-2 in the second inning. Following a scoreless third, Harwood batted around the order in the fourth and scored nine runs. Both teams scored two runs in the fifth before Randolph trimmed the deficit to 14-9 in the fifth. Neither team scored in the sixth and then Harwood added just enough insurance runs in the top of the seventh to earn its first victory of the season.
“Our two games Saturday were close, and we let the first game against Thetford slip away,” Lamson said. “We had a 4-1 lead and then the wheels fell off. But the girls are playing well and they’re coming around. They’re starting to hit the ball and we’re definitely going in the right direction.”
Harwood (1-7) will host Oxbow at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Randolph (5-8) will host Lyndon at 11 a.m. Saturday.
BARRE — The Bullets pounded out 22 hits to hand the Crimson Tide their third straight loss.
Winning pitcher Taylor Mitchell gave up three hits, recorded 13 strikeouts and issued one walk over five innings. Losing pitcher Emily Cetin registered six strikeouts and issued zero walks over seven innings. BFA’s Britney Hamel went 4-for-4 at the plate with a double and five RBIs. Mitchell, Ali Irish and Faith Orton contributed three hits apiece for the Bullets and teammate Jaycee Douglas added a triple.
“Our bats were unbelievable today,” BFA coach Geri Witalec-Krupa said. “Through the entire lineup, including reserve players, we hit the ball hard and made things happen. The growth of this team continues with every game, and I couldn’t be more proud of this group. Being 9-1 with 12 days left in the regular season is a fantastic feat, especially considering we’ve had only one full practice outside this entire season. Hopefully we can keep up the momentum as we approach the tournament.”
Marley Ostrout and Grace Hardaker both doubled for the Tide (2-6). Spaulding will host Middlebury at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
BARRE — The Bullets outhit the Tide 12-4, but Spaulding took advantage of 14 walks and two errors to prevail.
Spaulding’s Jalen Lewis, Nick Mckelvey, Hunter Chase and Dylan Estivill combined efforts on the mound. Lewis played three innings, allowing six hits, issuing zero walks and recording two strikeouts. Mckelvey only needed 15 pitches during a hitless fourth inning. Hunter Chase ran into some trouble, giving up two hits and two runs in less than an inning. Estivill allowed four hits and six runs over two-plus innings, but only two of those runs were earned. He recorded one strikeout and issued five walks.
Offensively, Jackson Pierson went 2-for-3 with three RBIs for Spaulding. Grady Chase belted a double and scored three runs, while Seth Poirier had a single and two RBIs. AJ Castellaneta and Evan Parent both reached base three times on walks. Parent scored twice and had two RBIs, while Castellaneta crossed home once. Estivill recorded two stolen bases and scored two runs. Gavin Willet also scored two runs in the victory.
Justis Orton and Avery Russin had three hits apiece for the Bullets. Orton, Weston Black and Garret Forgan all pitched two innings for BFA. Both teams scored one run in the second and then Spaulding pulled ahead 5-3 in the third inning. The Tide led 7-3 after the fourth inning and extended their lead to 13-5 in the fifth. The Bullets scored three runs in the sixth and three in the seventh before falling short.
BFA-Fairfax (1-7) suffered its fourth straight loss. Spaulding (4-4) will host Middlebury at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
MONTPELIER — The Solons snagged a rare victory against the Seahorses on Tuesday.
Montpelier (5-0) showcased superior passing and athleticism to hand BHS (7-2) its second straight loss. It marked the first time in multiple years that MHS beat Burlington in the regular season.
“We had great handler movement by Anders Shenholm and lots of great lay-outs by Kaleth Torrens-Martin,” MHS coach Anne Watson said. “Everyone got a hand on the disc at some point, contributing to the overall victory. This is a big win for Montpelier. We have waited a long time for this.”