Softball team keeps together during rough patch (5/14/09)

May 14, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

After Tuesday’s 17-0 home loss to 6-2 Missisquoi Union, coach Corinna Hussey said her young team, now 0-8, is still working hard and keeping together through a tough slate of games.

The Redhawks head to Middlebury Union Thursday and then will be back in Hinesburg for games at 11 a.m. Saturday with Milton High and at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday against St. Johnsbury Academy.

Missisquoi’s victory came primarily from the pitching of Carley Gagne, who had some pop on her fastball, limiting the Redhawks to singles by Chrissi Whitaker and Callie Stewart while striking out 12.

CVU’s best chance to break through came in the first inning. Trailing 3-0 with one out, Whitaker stroked a sharp single to right field. Heather McLaughlin got hit by a pitch and, with two out, Sara Eddy-Stewart earned a walk to load the bases. Gagne, who fanned seven in the first three innings, then got a strikeout to end the inning.

The Redhawks trailed just 4-0 after three frames, helped by lefty catcher Emily Himberg, who threw out three base runners in the first two innings.

Last Friday, CVU fell 9-1 to North Country Union, Melissa Miller bopping a double and single for the Hawks.