Softball team captures first win (5/28/09)

May 28, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Buoyed by the long sought first victory of the season, a surging Champlain Valley Union High softball team will be looking for more wins Thursday at 1-12 South Burlington High and Saturday morning at 5-9 Burlington High.

For the Redhawks, it is a case of bats coming alive.

The hits were flying and the cheering was loud Tuesday as CVU rumbled to a 21-5 triumph over visiting Rice Memorial High (1-13).

Bopper-in-chief was Susan Parmelee with four hits. But there was plenty of swinging help from juniors Chrissi Whitaker and Heather McLaughlin, who had two hits each.

Sophomore Cayla McCarthy unloaded a triple.

“We got some great hitting,” CVU coach Corinna Hussey said after the victory, which snapped a 13-game losing streak.

Hussey also praised the pitching of junior Anna Supple, who limited Rice to two hits.

“I think we have things going now,” said Supple.

The effective work with the bats actually got under way Saturday in a 12-5 loss in Bristol to Mount Abraham Union High.

CVU pounded out seven hits in that game, including a round-tripper by senior Holly Bachillas. Junior Callie Stewart punched out two hits and drove in a run.