April 16, 2009
Coach Corinna Hussey and her Champlain Valley Union High softball team found plenty to build on in a 15-5 loss to Mount Abraham Union in Tuesday’s season-opener on a sun-drenched but chilly home field.
The 0-1 Redhawks return to action Tuesday in Barre against Spaulding High.
Here in the northern climes, first games can be tricky, given that teams have little time outdoors before the first pitches are fired.
On Tuesday, CVU found itself down 9-0 before getting its first chance to swing the bats. Mount Abraham put together three hits, including two doubles, five walks, three hit batters and one error, to dig a deep hole that the Redhawks could not escape from.
But after that deluge, the Redhawks played the Eagles pretty evenly over the final innings. Mount Abe got just one more hit to total four for the game.
Catcher Emily Himberg laced a pair of hits to pace CVU’s offense.
— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent