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Hurricanes try to keep their heads up during tough season

  • Molly Leonard, of Springfield, slides home just before Hartford catcher Cassidy Beisler can make the tag at the Maxfield Sports Complex in Hartford, Vt., Friday, May 17. 2019. Springfield won 8-0. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Nevaeh Murphy, of Hartford, makes a catch for the third out of the fourth inning against Springfield at the Maxfield Sports Complex in Hartford, Vt., Friday, May 17. 2019. Springfield won 8-0. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Julianna Albero-Levings, of Springfield, maintains her grasp on the ball to get Hartford runner Carrie Comstock out at first at the Maxfield Sports Complex in Hartford, Vt., Friday, May 17. 2019. Springfield won 8-0. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Bianca Severance, of Hartford, sprints for first against Springfield at the Maxfield Sports Complex in Hartford, Vt., Friday, May 17. 2019. Springfield won 8-0. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


Staff Reports
Friday, May 17, 2019

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — In a spring filled with fewer wins than losses, Hartford High softball coach Bob Beisler continues to find encouragement.

Springfield High burnished its credentials as a VPA Division II title contender with an 8-0 shutout of the Hurricanes at the Maxfield Sports Complex on Friday. Hartford (2-9) ran into a hot group of Cosmos (10-2), who tightened their grip on the top spot in the division with their third straight shutout and fourth of the season.

“We were making good contact against a very solid Springfield pitcher,” Beisler noted, “but we seem to hit it right at somebody. Our last few games have been much better than the score has indicated.”

Hartford has gradually improved its defense over the spring. Friday’s contest marked the Canes’ best defensive showing of the campaign.

“Our defense gets a little better every single game,” Beisler said.

“We just struggle to get the third out when we really need it and have been giving up some unearned runs. But the girls never give up and play hard right to the very end.”

Freshman Hailie Buffum and sophomores Nevaeh Murphy and Cassidy Beisler accounted for Hartford’s three hits.

Junior pitcher Samantha Gibbs went the distance in the circle, striking out eight Springfield batters.

Ranked 11th in D-II entering the contest, Hartford heads to D-I Mount Anthony for a doubleheader on Monday.

The Canes are scheduled to play five games in six days to wrap up the regular season, with home dates against Bellows Falls on Wednesday and Mill River on Saturday sandwiching a Thursday visit to Burr & Burton, one of the two teams Hartford has defeated this spring.