BRATTLEBORO -- At the beginning of each inning on Saturday at Sawyer Field, the Brattleboro Union High School varsity softball players did their traditional chant of, "three up, three down, and nobody gets around!"
And they weren’t kidding.
Sophomore Hannah Wilson threw a three-hitter and the Colonels made a couple of double plays behind her during their 7-0 victory over visiting St. Johnsbury.
"Defensively, I thought we did a really nice job," said BUHS coach Kelly Markol, whose team improved to 4-1 overall.
Right fielder Alex Derosia made a routine catch in the second inning and then threw behind Molly Fried, who had jetted toward third without properly tagging up. And Brattleboro’s other twin killing came in the sixth, when second baseman Devin Millerick, shortstop Maddy Derosia and first baseman Jess Ogden teamed up for a pretty 4-6-3.
"That was a great play," noted Markol. "Devin dished it and Maddy made a nice turn."
And then there was a hustle play at the hot corner that had everyone’s attention. Siera Butler took a couple steps to her right and dove into foul ground -- nearly making a Brooks Robinson type of stab.
"We were able to leave a lot of runners in scoring position," stated Markol. "We want Hannah to hit the corners better and minimize her walks."
Wilson gave up five free passes, allowed three hits, fanned six and had a fine day at the plate. Her RBI single in the second produced the game-winning run and then she added a two-run double in the third.
"We made solid contact," said Markol, whose team finished with six hits. "I thought we did some nice things offensively. We hit in situations when we needed to."
The Colonels stole a 4-0 advantage in the second inning. Maddy Derosia drew a leadoff walk, she moved over on Ogden’s bunt and scored on Wilson’s single through the right side. Butler and Millerick added base knocks, and Butler would go home on a wild pitch.
Maddy Derosia and Ogden walked to set the table in the third, before Wilson’s double to deep left made it 6-0. Butler walked in the fifth and eventually went home on a wild pitch to cap the scoring.
The Colonels then took the field in the top of the sixth to warm up defensively. Moments later, the infielders could be heard yelling, "three up." The three outfielders then screamed, "three down." And those on the bench chimed in, "and nobody gets around."
And none of the visitors did get around to home plate all day long. Bridget Rankin was left at third following a first-inning double, Fried singled and was stranded at third in the fourth, and Rankin was left in scoring position again in the seventh.
Wilson had two hits and drove in three runs to lead the Brattleboro attack. Daisy Giroux, Millerick, Butler and Carpenter all hit safely.
Rankin, Fried and Margaret Fogarty all had one hit for the Hilltoppers.
The 4-1 Colonels will play at Wahconah on Thursday.
Brattleboro lineup: Mckinlie Carpenter, C; Devin Millerick, 2B; Daisy Giroux, CF; Maddy Derosia, SS; Jess Ogden, 1B; Hannah Wilson, P; Siera Butler, 3B; Casey Manning, LF; Alex Derosia, RF.
St. Johnsbury lineup: Lauren Uric, LF; Bridget Rankin, 2B; Taylor Belknap, P; Margaret Fogarty, 3B; Jordan Cady, SS; Molly Fried, 1B; Jenni Laferriere, C; Kelsey Stewart, RF; Kylie Valentine, CF.
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