4/22/2013 Local Roundup: SJA Softball Rebounds With 15-0 Win
ST. JOHNSBURY -- It went from one extreme to the other Saturday for the St. Johnsbury Academy softball team, which erased its season-opening 24-0 loss in Swanton to an almost-as-convincing win, 15-0, over Middlebury in its home opener.
"We asked the girls to play to their potential [Saturday], and they probably exceeded that," Hilltoppers coach John Lenzini said. "We've by no means arrived, but we played more to our potential."
The winners pounded eight extra-base hits in the abbreviated contest, while pitcher Carys Potter shut the Tigers down without a hit, fanning nine. The game ended in the sixth inning on Margaret Fogarty's walk-off hit, a line shot to the outfield fence.
The Hilltoppers host CVU Tuesday at 4:30 in their next game, hoping to maintain the composed, error-free play they showed against Middlebury.
MU 000 000 -- 0 0 0
SJA 550 401 -- 15 15 3
M: Kristen Gosselin, Baker (6) and Hannah Lawrence; S: Carys Potter and Jennie Laferriere; WP: Potter; LP: Gosselin. Top Hitters: S, Kayla Allard (2-3, double); Carys Potter (2-4, 2 doubles), Gabbie Willey (3-4, double), Margaret Fogarty (3-4, double, 2-run HR). Rec.: S 1-1, M 1-2.
ESSEX 16, SJA 2: In Essex Junction, the Hilltoppers fell to a deep Division I Essex team that saw nine different players score goals. The Hilltoppers played with no subs, a daunting task against any team, but particularly an athletic team like Essex according to coach Joe Fox.
"We continue to improve, coming up with some great defensive stops and forcing a lot of errors, but we just couldn't capitalize on our transitions," he stated. "The girls and I know what we need to work on and we intend to do just that. This will be an intense week of practice to get ready for Hartford Thursday."
The Hornets were led by Rachel Morse, Olivia Malle, and Jackie Quakenbush (three goals apiece). The Hilltoppers' scorers were Haley Lary and Riley Barter. The game was Hilltopper goalie Taylor Willey's first back after missing two. Center Casey Carbone played an aggressive game defensively and offensively, taking six shots on goal, forcing four ground balls, and winning several draws.