Softball team strikes late in first win (4/22/10)

April 22, 2010

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

With new confidence in their bats, the Champlain Valley Union High softball sluggers will swing the iron Thursday afternoon against Missisquoi Valley Union High while trying for a second straight win.

The game begins at 4:30 p.m.

Coach Corinna Hussey’s nine evened their season record at 1-1 Tuesday with a 21-14 home triumph over South Burlington High.

But going into the bottom of the sixth, the CVU advantage was a shaky 13-12.

Bong! Crash! Smash!

Five straight hits, including two RBI shots by Cassidy Maglaris and Heather McLaughlin, helped boost the lead to a more unassailable nine runs. Pitcher Rachel Distler then set down the visitors with two hits and pair of runs in the top of the seventh to polish off the victory.

McLaughlin socked a pair of doubles plus a triple in the hit-fest, while Maglaris boomed for two doubles. McLaughlin had a total of five hits, including a triple and two doubles.

Distler shared pitching duties with starter Anna Supple.

Monday in Jericho Center, the Redhawks fell 8-2 to Mount Mansfield Union. McLaughlin provided the offensive highlight with a home run.

Distler pitched five innings of relief and struck out 14.