June 11, 2009
While a trip to the softball mecca of St. Albans and a test against the second-seeded Bellows Free Academy Comets may not be the most fruitful way to end a season, the Champlain Valley Union High Redhawks can nevertheless look forward with relish to next season.
Coach Corinna Hussey loses only third baseman Holly Bachilla from her 2-15 team. Bachillas, who swung a big bat, will be missed.
The remainder of the roster will return and hopes to build on some late season punch. The team won its two games in the closing weeks, helped by the pitching of junior Anna Supple and the hitting of sophomore Susan Parmelee and juniors Chrissi Whitaker and Heather McLaughlin.
In a playoff game at 14-2 BFA last Thursday, CVU ran into two fog-producing pitchers in Callie Lumbra and Chelsea Abbott, who set down the Redhawks without a hit while striking out 13 in a five-inning, 15-0 blanking.
Whitaker, who worked Abbott for a walk in the fourth, was the lone CVU base runner.
Wait till next year.
— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent