The Harwood softball team produced seven runs in two separate games Saturday but it wasn’t enough during losses against Thetford and Vergennes.
Harwood started the day with a 14-7 loss against the Panthers before falling short against the Commodores, 8-7. Thetford pitcher Lily Vaughan registered three strikeouts and issued four walks. Becca Wells went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Cassie James took the loss on the mound after striking out seven batters and issuing eight walks. Teammate Emma Ravelin went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Harwood built a 6-0 lead, but Thetford scored five runs in the fifth inning to make it close. The Panthers added five runs in the sixth inning and four in the seventh.
“Cassie pitched great through the first four innings and gave up no runs,” HU coach Ed Lamson said. “She’s been the work horse, and she’s just learning this year because it’s her first year pitching. My pitcher last year was a senior, so I needed somebody take the reins this year and she volunteered for it. To pitch two games today, she did really well. If she can keep progressing like she’s doing, hopefully come the end of the season she’ll really get it and hopefully things will go better.”
Sierra Bertrand was the winning pitcher for Vergennes. She piled up seven strikeouts and gave up seven hits. James returned to the mound for HU, recording six strikeouts, scattering four hits and issuing eight walks in the complete-game effort.
Randolph 17, U-32 6
U-32 10, Randolph 9
RANDOLPH — Galloping Ghosts pitcher Ella Davignon was dominant during the opener before Sage Winner and the Raiders salvaged a doubleheader split on Saturday.
Davignon recorded nine strikeouts and issued two walks in the complete-game effort. Serena Hanrahan and Davignon both went 3-for-6 at the plate, while teammate Hayley Messier was 2-for-5. Raiders pitcher Brianna Rich gave up 11 hits, registered four strikeouts and issued nine walks. Randolph led 4-0 after the first inning but U-32 kept things close by scoring twice in the third. Randolph slammed the door on U-32 with a seven-run sixth inning.
“I felt really good about that first one — they came out and started strong,” Randolph coach Brandi Comette said. “I felt like we’ve had a hard time keeping our focus through one whole game, so I feel good about how they worked today to fit in two games. But it’s just the little things that keep tying us up. So we have to work even harder to get past those and be as clean as possible.”
U-32 was the home team for the second game. Zoe White reached base with a single in the seventh and Winner followed with a walk-off double. Winner finished with two doubles, with teammate Maia Castonguay contributing two doubles and one single. The Raiders scored five runs on five hits in the third inning.
Winning pitcher Elizabeth Guthrie issued 10 walks, recorded one strikeout and gave up six hits. Losing pitcher Becky Johnson struck out two batters, issued zero walks and allowed 15 hits. Messier (3-for-5, two doubles) and Tricia Eaccarino (triple) led Randolph (4-7) at the plate.
Oxbow 11, Blue Mountain 5
Blue Mountain 1
BRADFORD — The Olympians allowed an uncharacteristic five runs during Saturday’s first game but they still easily secured a doubleheader sweep.
Ace Madison Fornwalt recorded her 500th varsity strikeout during the opener for Oxbow (9-0). She registered 15 strikeouts, issued one walk and allowed four hits. Fornwalt went 2-for-4 at the plate with a with a home run. During the second game Fornwalt recorded 10 strikeouts, issued one walk and gave up five hits. Schyler Hanzas went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Teammate Melanie Neil went 4-for-5 with three RBIs.
“The second game everyone was tired, but my players were stronger for longer,” Oxbow coach Carl Hildebrand said.
Peoples 9, Northfield 5
MORRISVILLE — Winning pitcher Amy Yando showcased pinpoint placement for the Wolves (5-5) during Saturday’s victory over the Marauders.
“Amy threw strikes, and that’s what we’ve struggled with all year,” PA coach Art Lilley said. “We played a couple of teams that are on par with us, so it’s coming together a little. But now we have to play a couple of tougher teams, so we’ll see how that goes.”