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Lachapelle pitches Eagles to shutout wins

Gilford head coach Joan Forge stands by her father, Rocco LoPardo, prior to first pitch festivities at Prescott Park in Meredith last week. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
May 20, 2014
GILFORD — Behind a pair of shutouts from sophomore pitcher Sarah Lachapelle, the Gilford High School softball team won a pair of games last week. The Eagles blanked both Farmington (5-0) and Inter-Lakes (10-0) to enter this week with an 8-3 overall record in Division III.

In the win over Farmington, Lachapelle struck out six, walked none and allowed just three hits in facing just 24 batters to lead Gilford to a 5-0 win.

The Eagles scored two runs in the bottom of the third to take a lead, as Mollie Dignan and Caitlin Houston reached on errors. Lisa Osborne drove both runs home with a double for the 2-0 advantage.

The lead grew to 3-0 with a run in the fifth, as Jordan Dean led off with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dignan and scored on an error one of seven on the day committed by Farmington.

In the fifth inning, Osborne crushed a ball to right field and eventually came all the way around to score, while Maggie Fillion drove in courtesy runner Kristina Hayden to make it 5-0.

Mikaela Mattice also added a hit for the Eagles, while Houston and Hayden added stolen bases to aid the offensive cause.

In the win over Inter-Lakes, Lachapelle tossed her first varsity no-hitter at Prescott Park in Meredith. Gilford scored five runs in the top of the seventh to turn a 5-0 lead into a 10-0 final.

Lachapelle nearly threw a perfect game, with a defensive error and one hit batter proving to be the only difference. She struck out seven and didn't walk anyone in earning the victory.

The Gilford offense pounded out 13 hits, with Osborne going 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI. Fillion added three hits and an RBI, while Brid Fillion tossed in three hits and three RBI. Shannon Mercer, Dean, Lachapelle and Mattice all registered hits.

Gilford scored one run in the first inning when Maggie Fillion singled, stole second and scored on Brid Fillion's single.

The Eagles added three runs in the third when Dean led off with a single and advanced to second on a Dignan sacrifice bunt. Houston was hit by a pitch and both Dean and Houston scored on an Osborne single.

Lachapelle reached first on a fielder's choice, courtesy runner Hayden ran for Lachapelle and scored on a Maggie Fillion double for the third run of the inning.

Gilford scored one in the sixth when Mattice got on with an error and scored on a Brid Fillion fielder's choice. The squad scored five runs in the seventh on seven hits.

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