McCarthy leads CVU to win over Rice (4/29/10)

Mt. Abe, Essex next for softball team

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Pending the weather and Wednesday’s possible makeup of Tuesday’s postponed contest in Vergennes, the 2-2 Champlain Valley Union High softball team will play next at Mount Abraham Union at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.


    Observer photo by Shane Bufano
Heather McLaughlin of Champlain Valley Union High’s softball team makes a play during a 10-2 win over Rice Memorial High on Saturday.

The next home contest is Tuesday against a tough Essex High outfit that had a 26-game winning streak come to an end Saturday with a 2-0 loss to visiting St. Johnsbury Academy.

That same day, the Redhawks popped 1-3 Rice Memorial High, 10-2 in South Burlington behind some lusty hitting and the pitching of junior Cayla McCarthy.

“Cayla really pitched very well,” said coach Corrina Hussey.

McCarthy went the seven-inning route and allowed but five hits while whiffing 10 batters.

Solid sockers for the Redhawks were Emily Himberg and Heather McLaughlin. Each knocked out three hits and drove in two runs to fire up the Redhawks’ bats after they got temporarily silenced on Thursday by Missisquoi Valley Union’s Dakota Raleigh.

Raleigh fired a two-hitter and fanned 13 as the Thunderbirds posted a 9-0 zip at the CVU field.

McLaughlin and Cassidy Maglaris had the Redhawks’ hits, both singles.