Cosmos Handle Yellowjackets in Opener
Springfield, Vt. — The game went pretty much according to the script.
Windsor High’s softball team, with freshmen dotting the roster, showed its youth while the veteran Springfield team exhibited why it has expectations for a big season. The result was a 14-2 Cosmos win at Bill Robinson Field in the first Marble Valley League game of the season for both teams.
“I knew there were going to be some growing pains,” said Windsor coach Phil Hathorn. who was pleased that his team went the full seven innings after giving up eight unearned runs in the first two innings.
“We could have folded early,” he said.
In Heather Sanborn and Sara Locke, Springfield has two senior pitchers who have been with the team since their freshman season, including the 2011 team that won a state championship. The girls combined to throw a three-hitter with 13 strikeouts.
There was a time in this preseason that Locke’s availability was unknown, as she was coming off a wrist injury from soccer season that kept her off the basketball team this past winter.
“She only recently got the OK to throw as much as she wants to,” said her coach, Andy Bladyka. “I’m happy for Sara.”
Windsor hurler Ashlee Bly gave up only two hits in the first two innings, but five errors and three bases on ball gave the Cosmos eight quick runs. As the game progressed, the hits became more frequent for the Cosmos, who got eight hits from the top four batters.
“I thought our pitch selection was pretty good today,” said Bladyka.
Much is expected of a Springfield team that lost just two players from a year ago, and with Julia Stein, Meagan Courschesne and Kaylee Haskell thumping the ball in the middle of the lineup, a lot of offense is expected.
Bladyka, however, is stepping gingerly and not pounding any drums of success.
“We have a lot of tough games on our schedule,” he said. “We’ll see how it goes.”
Stein, Haskell and Courschesne combined for seven of the eight Springfield hits.
Mariah Marsh followed Bly to the hill for Windsor. She came on in the fifth inning and her soft tosses took Springfield by surprise as she pitched two shutout innings.
Both the Windsor runs came in the fourth inning on a two-run homer by Haley Wood to right-center. Wood had two of the three Windsor hits.
Sanborn retired nine of the first 10 batters she faced. Springfield’s only error came before Wood’s homer in the fourth. After a strikeout, Sanborn hit a batter and there was a walk.
Bladyka came out and two strikeouts followed. Locke came on with three innings of two-hit ball.
Haskell, (two hits) had a two-run double in the first inning, and Courschesne (three hits), doubled in two more in the second.
Windsor has an 11 a.m. game with Thetford on Saturday, while Hartford comes to Springfield on Tuesday night.