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Stevens softball cruises past Hanover

  • Kate Chambers, of Stevens, catches Bella Bardales, of Hanover, out at first to end the first inning at the Dresden Athletic Fields in Norwich, Vt., Monday, April 22, 2019. Stevens won 19-2. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Daria Gundermann, of Hanover, falls just short of a catch against Stevens at the Dresden Athletic Fields in Norwich, Vt., Monday, April 22, 2019. Stevens won 19-2. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Kate Chambers, of Stevens, slides safely home as Hanover pitcher Becca Wilson waits for the ball at the Dresden Athletic Fields in Norwich, Vt., Monday, April 22, 2019. Stevens won 19-2. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Ashlyn Marsh, of Stevens, spits out a sunflower seed shell during the captains and coaches meeting at home plate before taking on Hanover at the Dresden Athletic Fields in Norwich, Vt., Monday, April 22, 2019. Stevens won 19-2. (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
Monday, April 22, 2019

NORWICH — The Hanover High softball team kicked off a busy week on Monday with a 19-2 loss to visiting Stevens at the Dresden Athletic Fields. It was the Marauders’ season opener and, other than catching a few fly balls on Merriman-Branch Field, their first time playing outdoors.

“There were definitely some first-game jitters and excitement,” said second-year Hanover coach Mariruth Graham, whose team was 5-12 last spring after going a combined 7-47 the previous three seasons. “We had been trying to stay off our field as long as possible so we didn’t tear it up.”

The Cardinals (1-3) scored three runs during the first inning, four in the second, six in the third and six more in the fifth. Bri Elder broke up the visitors’ bid for a perfect game by leading off the home half of the fifth with a single and later scored on an overthrow at third base. Haily Stewart singled and crossed the plate the same way later in the inning to conclude Hanover’s offense. 

Senior Becca Wilson started in the pitcher’s circle for the hosts and was relived by sophomore Emilee Jones during the fourth inning. A positive for the Marauders was the presence of 15 players on a varsity that’s often struggled to fill out its ranks in recent years. The program will even play a handful of junior varsity games this season, Graham said.

“Once we settled down, we put the ball in play,” said the coach, whose team hosts ConVal on Tuesday, visits Merrimack Valley on Wednesday and travels to Pelham on Friday. “Because we ended it with a couple of hits and runs and smiles, I don’t think today will be a problem. We’ll use those positive moments and roll them into the next game.”