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Cosmos Stifle Hartford’s Bats

Springfield, Vt. — Springfield’s Heather Sanborn tossed a one-hitter as Springfield posted a 4-0 win over Hartford on Tuesday night in a Vermont Division II softball game at Bill Robinson Field.

Hartford, playing in its first game and after only a couple of outside practices, could not get in a groove against the Cosmos senior right-hander, who needed just 86 pitches to complete her night’s work.

“You could see that they have been outside a little bit more than we have,” Hartford coach Gary Gervais said.

Sanborn, who as a freshman was on the 2011 D-II state championship team, struck out five and walked one.

“Heather pitched a beautiful game,” said her coach, Andy Bladyka.

The only hit off Sanborn was fourth-inning single by her counterpart, Kaitlyn Woodward.

Woodward pitched well enough to win most games as she gave up just seven hits with six strikeouts and two walks.

A couple of Hartford scoring chances were denied by the Springfield defense. One came in the second inning when Cosmos catcher Kaylee Haskell picked Hartford’s lead-off runner off first base. Then in the fourth inning, a walk to Kayla Lancor and Woodward’s single put runners on first and third with one out. Paige Larmie bounced out to short and Springfield turned it into a double play when Lancor was thrown out at the plate.

Springfield scored two runs in the third and one in the fourth and fifth innings. Two of the runs were scored on wild pitches, while the Cosmos’ Meg Courshesne played a big role in the other two, as she singled in Chelsea McAllister in the third and tripled and scored in the fifth.

Gervais was not all that upset with the loss, knowing that playing outside will help the Canes fine-tool every facet of the game, including the baserunning.

“We did a couple of things tonight that we can work on now that we’re outside,” he said.

He also said that the team has been able to take batting practice inside the cage inside the gym, “but it’s just not the same as hitting outside,” he said.

Gervals was also aware that Springfield has some talented players. “I suspect they will win a lot of games this season,” he said.

After an error allowed the first Hartford batter to reach, Sanborn retired the next nine in a row and finished the game getting the last 10 batters in succession.

Hartford will travel to Fair Haven on Thursday before its home opener on Saturday against Hanover.