Defending champs are upset
BRATTLEBORO -- Each time the Brattleboro Union High School varsity softball team's defense takes the field, the traditional chant of "three up, three down, and nobody gets around" can be heard.
But on Tuesday at Sawyer Field, their opponents weren't listening.
No. 11 Colchester took advantage of 13 walks, three hit batsmen and a trio of errors to upset the sixth-seeded Colonels, 16-5, in the Division 1 playdown game.
The defending state champs took a 2-0 lead in the first, thanks to Maddy Derosia's RBI single to left and Hannah Wilson's run-scoring triple to the warning track in center.
And then the home crowd, BUHS coaches and Colonels players could only watch as Wilson struggled badly inside the circle in the top of the second.
The first seven Colchester batters got on base, including five free passes, a hit by pitch and an error. And with her team trailing 4-2, skipper Kelly Markol decided to bring in reliever Jess Ogden. Annie Meadows took one for the team with the bases juiced, Savanah Goodreau delivered with a sacrifice fly, and Jordan Schnabel added an RBI single as the Lakers took a five-fun lead.
Brattleboro got one back in the bottom of the second, when Ogden singled to left and eventually scored. And then Ogden kept her team within 7-3 by holding the Lakers scoreless in the third and fourth frames.
The visitors would add three unearned runs in the top of the fifth, before the Colonels scored two of their own in the bottom half. Mckinlie Carpenter and Devin Millerick started it with back-to-back singles, Daisy Giroux followed with an RBI groundout, and Derosia's sac fly cut the Colchester advantage to 10-5.
But that's as close as the softball juggernaut, which rode Kayla Wood's right arm to three of the last four state titles, would get.
Just after hearing that infamous "three up, three down, and nobody gets around" chant, the Lakers sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the sixth and put up six more runs to seal the deal. Schnabel's RBI single and Goodreau's ground-rule double were the highlights for Colchester during that rally.
Rachel Cleary went the distance for the victory. She gave up seven hits, walked one and had one hit by pitch. Schnabel had a pair of hits to lead the Lakers offensively.
Derosia paced the hosts with an RBI single, a double and an RBI sac fly. Carpenter, Millerick, Wilson, Butler and Ogden all had one hit for the 10-7 Colonels.
Brattleboro lineup: Mckinlie Carpenter, C; Devin Millerick, 2B; Daisy Giroux, CF; Maddy Derosia, SS; Hannah Wilson, P; Samantha Harrison, RF; Siera Butler, 3B; Jess Ogden, 1B; Jocelyn Aither, LF.
Colchester lineup: Brittany Isabelle, 3B; Maranda Turner, SS; Danielle Whitham, CF; Rachel Cleary, P; Annie Meadows, C; Savanah Goodreau, RF; Jordan Schnabel, 2B; Suleika Torres, LF; Kiera Zehnacker, 1B.
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