The Londonderry High School softball squad got a potential winning streak rolling and bounced its record up to 12-5 last week with a dramatic win that was followed by a blowout victory.
A walk-off home run by Sarah Fawcett ended a 10-inning game against the two-time defending Division I champs from Dover at LHS last week. And two days later the Lady Lancers pummeled the visiting Keene High Lady Blackbirds in bagging their third consecutive victory.
In the 3-2 nipping of Dover on Wednesday, May 18, neither Londonderry nor the Green Wave managed a run until the sixth frame as Lady Lancer hurler Andi Nelson and her Dover counterpart ruled the roost.
Londonderry got a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth when Fawcett hit a solo home run, but Dover tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the seventh, and 1-1 was where the score stood as extra innings became required.
The defending state champs snagged a 2-1 lead by plating a run in the top of the 10th frame, but Fawcett thumped her game-winning, two-run homer with two outs in the latter half of the 10th to send her squad into celebration mode.
The victorious hosts finished the dramatic contest with nine total hits, with Liz DeVoss and Fawcett each collecting two hits.
But the Lancers didn’t end up needing to work anywhere near as hard at home on Friday, May 20, in its 13-1 crushing of Keene.
The locals scored three times in the second inning and four times in the third in tallying a 7-0 lead from which Keene wouldn’t rebound.
Londonderry bashed out 16 hits, with Anna Maggio and Ali Nelson each stroking three and DeVoss and Fawcett each collecting two. DeVoss, Fawcett, Katrina Rivard, and Liz Niven each drove in two runs in the lopsided win.
The Lady Lancers then stepped into this week aiming to push their winning streak to four games when they played the host Manchester Memorial Crusaders in the Queen City this past Monday, May 23.
And the locals had no trouble with Memorial on its home diamond, with a 16-0 win by scoring four times in the first inning, once more in the second, four more times in the third, six times in the top of the fourth, and once more in the fifth.
The Lancers had 19 hits, with Fawcett, Ila Brown, and Niven each tallying three. Brown also drove in four runs and Niven smacked in three.