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Plenty of Ks: Oxbow’s Fornwalt strikes out 20 in no-hit win

  • Oxbow's Emma DeGoosh leads the defending Division III champions in a cheer before they step up to bat in the first inning of their game with White River Valley in Bradford, Vt., on May 13, 2019. Oxbow won, 3-0, in the match-up of undefeated teams. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Oxbow pitcher Madison Fornwalt, left, is congratulated by catcher Kaysea Neil after striking out the side in the sixth inning of their game with White River Valley in Bradford, Vt., on May 13, 2019. Oxbow won, 3-0. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • White River Valley pitcher Fiona Vaillancourt throws out Oxbow hitter Lilly Bartlett as she races to first base in the second inning of their game in Bradford, Vt., on May 13, 2019. Oxbow won, 3-0. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • White River Valley right fielder Paige Ballentine hauls in a pop-up fly to end the fifth inning, stranding two Oxbow baserunners during their game in Bradford, Vt., on May 13, 2019. Oxbow won, 3-0, in the matchup between undefeated Division III teams. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


Staff Reports
Monday, May 13, 2019

BRADFORD, Vt. — Madison Fornwalt’s latest addition to the scrapbook came on Monday afternoon when the senior starting pitcher struck out 20 in a no-hitter to lead the unbeaten Oxbow High softball team in a 3-0 win over previously unbeaten White River Valley.

The Merrimack College-bound Fornwalt stifled the Wildcats from the beginning and faced just 22 hitters in her seven innings of work. All but one out was recorded by strikeout and Fornwalt also maintained impeccable control, walking none. The only WRV baserunner to reach first base was on a throwing error in the seventh inning.

“She’s had perfect games in the past, but those were all five-inning games,” Oxbow coach Carl Hildebrandt said. “That was probably the best game she’s ever pitched. I think she keeps raising the bar as the season goes on.”

Oxbow managed just four hits off Wildcat pitching, scoring one run in the third inning and two in the sixth. Fornwalt had a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the third, scoring Emma Parkin. The Olympians then pushed across some insurance, not that Fornwalt needed it, in the sixth. Sierra Longmoore started the rally with a walk and then scored on Amber Glaude’s double. Melanie Neil followed with a double of her own to score Glaude.

“It was a hard-fought mental battle, but we were able to get the win,” Hildebrandt said.

The two-time defending VPA Division III state champion Olympians (10-0) will go for 11 in a row when they visit Lake Region on Tuesday. WRV, 7-1 in their debut season in D-III, will host Mount St. Joseph on Tuesday.