By Chris Paul
The Londonderry High School Girls’ Varsity Softball squad shutout two opponents and dropped just one during the school’s vacation week. The two wins brought there season record up to an even 4-4 as they get ready to face three more teams this week.
After coming off a game against Trinity-West, where the Lady Lancers scored 24-runs and gave up just two, the LHS squad tallied 23-runs against the Bedford Bulldogs and never allowed the home team to get on the board Monday, April 24.
Three pitchers were put in the circle and gave up just one hit between the three, helping notch a strong 23-0 win through five innings of play.
Bedford knew they were in trouble right from the first inning, with LHS getting 13 batters to the plate and having eight of them cross the plate.
Junior, Zoey Nelson, cranked a grand-slam homer to centerfield for half the runs in the inning.
The Lancers got three more across the plate in the third and six in each of the final two innings of the game.
Senior first base player, Kaitlyn McHugh, homered in the fourth, scoring three for a 15-run lead.
In the fifth, three players doubled and three had singles for the final six-runs.
Senior catcher, Makenna True, went 3-4 at the plate and finished with three RBIs. Nina Corvino, Lauren Laudani, McHugh, Mia Gaspie and Nelson all had two hits during the win.
Junior, Olivia Cutuli, received the win, with senior Gaspie and sophomore Abby Austin contributing to the shutout.
The news wasn’t as good on Wednesday, April 26, when the Lancers traveled to the state capital and faced the 6-1 Crimson Tide.
The LHS squad was only able to plate one run in the game and fell 9-1 to the extremely tough pitching of Sarah Taylor.
Taylor struck out 15 Lancer batters and allowed just four hits.
Cutuli suffered the loss, giving up 10 hits, seven earned runs, and three walks.
Gaspie finished the final two innings and gave up two runs.
The lone run was batted in by Cutuli on a double in the fourth.
The Lancers finished the week on a high note when they hosted the Keene Blackbirds on Friday, April 28, and beat them 6-0.
Gaspie got the win this time, pitching four innings, giving up three hits and a walk, and had one strikeout. Cutuli pitched the remaining three, getting four strikeouts, allowing four hits and two walks.
The offense spread the runs out over four innings on 10-hits. Nelson was able get two doubles, while Virginia Flaherty, Covino and Cutuli also hit a two-bagger in the game.
The team will try to get over the .500 mark in the first week of May with games on Monday, Wednesday and Friday night.
The Friday night game will be at Pinkerton Academy starting at 7 p.m.