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12U Nor'Easters open tourney with loss to Comets


by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

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Hailey Haskins tosses a pitch during action against the New Hampshire Comets during the Nor’Easter 12U softball team’s opening round game at the 15th annual Nor’Easter Classic on July 27 at Belmont Elementary School. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
July 30, 2012
BELMONT – What started off promising turned into an opener to forget on July 27, as the 12U Nor'Easter Softball Club dropped the first game of the 15th annual Nor'Easter Classic, 9-4, to the New Hampshire Comets at Belmont Elementary School.

The Nor'Easters led 3-0 in the second inning but couldn't hang on to the lead, as the Comets scored in every inning the rest of the way to earn the opening game victory.

After the teams traded zeroes in the first inning, the Nor'Easters jumped ahead in the top of the second. With two outs and nobody on base, Allie Taylor reached on an infield single to start the rally and took second base on an overthrow to first. That brought up center fielder Kirsten Chandonnet, who drove an RBI double to the gap to put the Lakes Region squad up 1-0. The 'Easters weren't finished in the frame however, as pitcher Hailey Haskins followed with an RBI single, plating Chandonnet for a 2-0 lead. Leadoff batter Liz Fleming would make it 3-0 one batter later, as she delivered an RBI single of her own to give the squad a solid start early in the contest.

The Comets got one run back in the bottom of the second, as an RBI double following an error led to an unearned run off Haskins, but the lefty struck out two in the inning and catcher Jordan Lavallee threw out a runner stealing to keep the Nor'Easters ahead 3-1 heading into the third.

Jill Lachapelle singled in the third for the Nor'Easters but the team couldn't get her around to score, and the Comets tied the game in the bottom half of the inning thanks to three singles that plated two runs. Haskins got a strikeout, her third of the day, and Lachapelle made a catch at third base to get out of the inning.

The Comets scored three more in the bottom of the fourth to take a 6-3 lead, as all three runs were scored with two outs on four consecutive hits. Haskins finally got out of the jam when she induced a ground ball to Lachapelle at third base, who got a little help on a nice play at first base by Talia DeBlaise for the third out.

The Nor'Easters wouldn't go away however, as Fleming reached on an error to lead off the fifth. After a Jordan Sargeant ground out moved Fleming over to third base with one out, Lavallee picked up the RBI on a ground out of her own to cut the deficit to 6-4.

DeBlaise came into pitch for the Nor'Easters in the fifth, and the Comets scratched one run off the right-hander to regain the three-run cushion at 7-4. New Hampshire would tack on two more in the sixth to earn the 9-4 win on Nor'Easter soil.

Chandonnet led the Nor'Easter offense with a 2-for-2 day and an RBI while Taylor had a hit and made several nice plays, including two in the first inning, in right field.

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