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Big bats get Winnisquam softball off to good start

Lauren Bolstridge slides in safe at home during the Bears' win over Gilford on April 13. Bob Martin. (click for larger version)
April 17, 2017
TILTON — The Winnisquam Regional High School softball team battled Gilford High School in a high scoring matchup, coming away with a 15-13 win on April 13. They also won 14-5 against Somersworth.

The Bears trailed Gilford early 2-1 but answered quickly with a four-run third inning to give them a 5-2 lead. Gilford then tied up the game in the fourth inning on some big hitting, including back-to-back triples. However, Winnisquam again battled back and took a 9-5 lead. They went up 15-6 and then had to fend off a rallying Golden Eagles squad. The game ended on a long fly ball to center field and Winnisquam took the win.

Coach Kevin Dame said the team has some experience, but also some young players. He said since the team has been cooped up inside to practice, the players were excited to be able to get out on the field to face live pitching. He was happy to see them have good timing at the plate.

"It was good to see them come out and hit like this," said Dame.

Carly Catty was four-for-five with three RBIs, a double and three runs scored. Lauren Bolstridge went three-for-five with two RBIS, a double and four runs scored. Molly Tinker was the winning pitcher, and was also two-for-five with a home run, double and four RBIs.

There were three other players who had two hits, as well.

Dame said the game against Somersorth was huge for his freshmen, as they got their first varsity hits. Hannah Max went one-for-two, Ashley Deshaies went one-for-one, Meghan Harmon was one-for-two and Meghan Cote was one-for-three

Madyson Skeats went two-for-four with a double, RBI and a run scored and Catty went one-for-four with a double.

Tinker pitched a complete game and had seven strikeouts, three walks, five hits and five runs. Only two runs were earned.

"The scoreboard says it all," said Dame. "Offensively we are off to a great start. We have been hitting the ball pretty well."

Dame said they have been putting pressure on the defense by getting on base a lot. However, they have some work to do with pitching and defense.

"Molly has given up some runs that she shouldn't have and we made some errors behind her," said Dame. "Every error you make is big. It is one step closer to the top of the order."

Dame added, "We have work to do but we started well."

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