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Stevens softball has ‘fun’ with folks next door

  • Zoe Foote, of Stevens, makes it safely to third before Hannah Wood, of Windsor, can make the tag in Windsor, Vt., Thursday, May 16, 2019. Stevens won 16-5. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Windsor catcher Adi Prior catches a foul ball for an out against Stevens in Windsor, Vt., Thursday, May 16, 2019. Stevens won 16-5. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Windsor shortstop Hannah Wood gets under a fly ball to catch Maddy Lapsley, of Stevens, out in Windsor, Vt., Thursday, May 16, 2019. Stevens won 16-5. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Ava Sutton, of Windsor, sprints for third as Stevens shortstop fields the ball and throws to second for an out in Windsor, Vt., Thursday, May 16, 2019. Stevens won 16-5. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.



Valley News Correspondent
Thursday, May 16, 2019

WINDSOR — Kaitlyn Chambers had six runs batted in as Stevens High used a 16-hit attack, including five for extra bases, in a 15-5 across-the-river softball win over Windsor on Thursday at MacLeay-Royce Field.

Chambers was a homer shy of the cycle, amassing a single, double and triple, each hit producing two runs as Stevens moved to within one game of .500 at 6-7.

The Cardinals are in the midst of a schedule that sees them trek all the way to Kennett on Friday, then off to Bow for a Saturday morning game. Stevens will conclude the regular season next week with games at Lebanon and Fall Mountain.

Windsor is also in a scheduling mess, but of a different fashion. The VPA Division III Yellowjackets are 3-8 but play only one Division III foe all year. The rest are with D-I and D-II teams and are in the B Division of the Marble Valley League, which also includes the likes of Brattleboro.

Stevens won this game for a number of reasons, paramount being the pitching of senior Madison Lapsley who, while giving up nine hits, did not walk a batter and was aided by a defense that made just one error.

“This was a lot of fun today,” said Cardinal senior Jenna Pond, who had a three-hit game and was stellar on defense at shortstop.

Thursday’s game was not the norm for the Cardinals, who are doing the best they can having moved up to NHIAA Division II. “We’re seeing some new teams this year,” said Pond, who also had two singles and a double.

Peyton Richardson started on the rubber for the Jacks, going five innings. She pitched pretty well, but four bases on balls hurt her.

“And some balls dropped in that should have been caught,” said Windsor coach Heather Stearns, who thought Windsor’s bats could have been livelier as well.

“We should have done much better hitting today,” she said. “We’ve done better against faster pitching.”

While Stevens led all the way, the Cards never really nailed it down until a six-hit, five-run sixth inning.

“We’ve been hitting the ball a lot better lately,” said Stevens coach Missy Nichols. “And Maddy pitched well, and we picked up the ball on defense.”

There were a couple of defensive notes as the Cardinals got out of bases-loaded, no-out jam in the seventh with the help of a 1-2-3 double play that was followed by a strikeout. In the Stevens third, only three batters came to the plate, and they all popped up to short.

Pond and Chambers each had three hits for Stevens. Ellie Grenier, Lapsley and Amelia Parizo each had two apiece for the Cardinals.

Chambers’ triple came in the first on a long drive to deep center. Her double was crisply hit down the right-field line. In the Stevens second, Pond’s three-bagger followed two walks. Four more runs were scored in the fourth, two in the fifth, and in the five-run sixth the Cardinals had five consecutive hits.

Windsor got two-hit games from Ava Sutton and Hannah Wood. Four of the Windsor hits came in the three-run third.

Windsor also plays on Friday, as the Jacks travel to Fair Haven.