BRATTLEBORO >> It was the battery that powered the Brattleboro Union High School varsity softball team on Tuesday at Sawyer Field.
Pitcher Hannah Wilson smacked a three-run homer over the fence in left and catcher Jamie Mahoney drove in a couple of runs with a triple to right as the Colonels crushed Bellows Falls, 12-0.
"It was her second time starting," said Bellows Falls coach Pete Fry of freshman hurler Madison Streeter. "We know that Brattleboro's hitters are geared up for fastballs so we took a shot with a pitcher that they would have to adjust to."
It didn't take Wilson long. After Mahoney reached on an error to begin the bottom of the first and Devin Millerick drew a walk, the senior slugger went deep to give the hosts a 3-0 lead.
And that's all that the Brattleboro battery would need. Wilson continually hit Mahoney's target, striking out 10, walking zero, hitting two batters and scattering five hits.
"I thought our defense was very good today. We didn't make any mistakes. And we did a nice job with the little things such as looking runners back before making the throw to first," stated BUHS coach Kelly Markol.
Jocelyn Aither (3B) and Hailey Derosia (SS) each showed off their rifle arms, combining for five assists on the day. Millerick (CF) made a highlight play in the fourth as she scooped up a single by Streeter and fired the ball to Wilson, who made the relay throw to Mahoney, allowing the speedy catcher to chase down a retreating Aly Bashaw for a tag out.
Fry would speak to both umpires about that controversial play, believing that Bashaw was interfered with on her way to third and that she would have scored had she not been held up. They didn't buy it.
Duff singled and Lauren McKenney hit a sacrifice fly during Brattleboro's three-run second. Derosia's RBI double and Mahoney's two-run triple would help the hosts increase their advantage to 9-0 in the fourth.
Emmalee Waite singled and later tagged up to score on Aither's fly out to left to make it 10-0 in the fifth. And the Colonels got singles from Mahoney, Waite and Nicolette Rivas during their two-run sixth.
On Senior Day, Brattleboro honored 12th graders Duff and Wilson.
"The hardest thing about coaching this team is saying goodbye to your seniors," noted Markol. "They are both great kids. They both work hard."
The 10-4 Colonels will play at Rutland on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and then finish a suspended game by hosting Rutland on Saturday at 11 a.m., with the Raiders leading that one 2-0.
Emily Stoddard, Murphy Hicks, Brooke James, Bashaw and Streeter all hit safely for the 3-11 Terriers, who will play at Windsor on Thursday. Streeter walked a dozen and gave up eight hits, with defensive dandy Abbe Cravinho (SS) finishing with five assists.
"We're not playing badly. We hit the ball hard quite a few times. We keep battling," Fry said.
Bellows Falls lineup: Emily Stoddard CF, Abbe Cravinho SS, Aly Bashaw C, Paxton Santorelli 3B, Murphy Hicks 1B, Madison Streeter P, Brooke James DH, Lila Guerrina 2B, Dakoda Carter LF, Brooke Bennett RF.
Brattleboro lineup: Jamie Mahoney C, Devin Millerick CF, Hannah Wilson P, Emmalee Waite 1B, Lauren McKenney 2B, Bridget Duff RF, Jocelyn Aither 3B, Mariah Powers LF, Hailey Derosia SS.