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Lady Trojans Capture First Win of Season

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photo by Vanessa Fournier
Craftsbury catcher Sarah Collier gets ready to throw to first base during play on Dustan Field, April 30. Up next to bat is Finley Washburn of Twinfield-Cabot-Danville. The visiting team won 15-5.

CRAFTSBURY – The Twinfield-Cabot-Danville (CCSU) softball team paired some timely hitting around some patient at bats to earn their first victory of the season against Craftsbury Academy (CA) last week.

Kendall Hale earned the win in the circle, scored a pair of runs and drew three walks to lead CCSU in a 15-5 road win over CA last Tuesday.

Sophia Mancini set the tone in the first inning with a bases-loaded single as the Lady Trojans took a 3-0 lead after the first inning. The junior second baseman finished the day a perfect 2-2 at the plate.

Hale kept the home team’s bats quiet, taking a 5-1 lead into the sixth before CCSU took advantage of eight free passes in the final two frames to tack on another 10 runs.

photo by Vanessa Fournier
Craftsbury junior Savanah Boyce rushes to home plate for a pass as Twinfield-Cabot-Danville’s (CCSU) Kendall Hale safely reaches the base in time. In back (from left) are Phoebe Crocker, Alaina Robbins, Carly Mancini, Chloe North and Finley Washburn of Twinfield-Cabot-Danville. The action took place on Dustan Field Tuesday. CCSU won 15-5.

“We’ve had the chance to face some great pitchers early on in the season and put that experience into some great work in batting practice. The girls went into this game with the offensive mindset of being aggressive and it made a big difference,” said co-head coach Christin Martin.

Junior shortstop Olivia Hess had a breakout game for the Lady Trojans, scoring three runs while going a perfect 3-3 at the plate.

Carley Mancini went 1-2 with a pair of runs scored and freshman Finley Washburn added a hit and scored twice in the win.

Sadie Skorstad, Sophia Augsberger, and Savannah Boyce all belted doubles for CA in the loss as they fell to 0-5 on the season.

“It was great to get the first win and I think the girls are starting to really improve their on field communication with each other and are taking the time to make their plays quickly while focusing on accuracy,” said Martin.

CCSU is in their second season of partnering athletic programs between Twinfield, Cabot and Danville, with their first iteration last spring being a smashing success.

In Martin’s and Summer Haverick’s third season at the helm, the Lady Trojans won 10 games, including the program’s first playoff victory in nearly a decade. They will need their young players to develop quickly to match that same success this season after losing six players off of that double-digit win roster to graduation. Martin and Haverick’s five freshmen and two eighth graders are learning trial by fire this season in a brutally competitive Mountain League that features the reining Division III and  IV state champions.

The Lady Trojans hosted Vergennes on Tuesday before traveling to Blue Mountain on Thursday. They wrap up a busy week with a trip to Paine Mountain (Northfield-Williamstown) on Saturday. They are scheduled to travel to BFA-Fairfax next Tuesday.

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