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Homers power Bears to big opening win

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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers

Mackenzie Ryan rounds third with Julianne Marchand right on her heels on April 14 in Bristol. RC Greenwood. (click for larger version)
April 17, 2017
BRISTOL — The Newfound softball team got the season off to a great start, even if they had to take the game on the road to open the season.

The Bears traveled to downtown Bristol to Kelley Park, as the Newfound fields were not ready for play on Friday, April 14.

After the Lakers got on the board first, the Bear bats came alive and never quieted, getting the 17-5 win over the Lakers in five innings.

"Going into the game, (we) were not sure how the team would hit off live pitching, due to the late season snow," said coach Corey Johnston. "But we found out in the second inning and the Bears just kept hitting the ball hard for 20 hits."

Johnston was quick to point out that the team's four homers on the day did not come from the two, three or four hitters and the Laker pitchers didn't walk a single batter.

"This was all muscle in this one from the entire lineup," Johnston said.

The Lakers got a homer in the first inning to go up 2-0 but Newfound scored nine runs in the bottom of the second inning to take the lead.

Julianne Marchand and Mackenzie Ryan both had homers in the second inning, as the Bears blasted 10 hits in the frame. The Bears added two more runs in the third inning on a homer by Kylee MacDonald and then Kasey Basford added her own homer in the fourth inning, as Newfound added to the score. The Bears scored five more runs in the fifth to close out the game with the 17-5 win.

Marchand finished three-for-four with a homer, triple and four runs batted in, while Ryan also was three-for-four with a homer, a triple and four RBIs. MacDonald was three-for-four with a homer and one RIB and Basford was one-for-three with a homer and an RBI. Amanda Johnston added three hits, including two doubles and she knocked in three runs, Ashlee Dukette had three hits and two runs batted in, Hayleigh LeTourneau had three hits and Victoria Roman added a pair of hits.

On the defensive side of things, the Bears committed just two errors and took advantage of three Inter-Lakes errors. Dukette picked a runner off of third with a nice throw from the plate to Paige Dostie at third. Hailie Clark led the defense with several putouts at first base.

Johnston got the start in the circle and pitched all five innings and struck out six batters.

Newfound was slated to be at Belmont for a 4:30 p.m. game on Friday, April 21, and will be at Stevens for a 4:30 p.m. game on Wednesday, April 26.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or sportsgsn@salmonpress.com.

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