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Lemelin's slam powers BHS girls to 11-1 win


May 27, 2009
BERLIN — Senior Hilary Lemelin crushed a grand slam homer run and classmate Kara Poirier tossed a glittering two-hitter on Senior Day last Friday at sunny Community Field, where they led Gerry Poulin's Berlin High School Mountaineers to an 11-1 Class M softball win over the visiting Belmont Red Riders.

Prior to the win — Berlin's 15th in 16 starts —, the Mountaineers honored and recognized seniors Jodie Croteau, Hilary Lemelin, Kara Poirier, Mallory Brodeur, Carissa Caron, and manager Ariel Leighton.

Poirier allowed a single unearned run and two singles — one an infield hit and the other a blooper —, as she moved to 12-1 on the spring. The fireballing righthander, still nursing a tender arm, struck out six and walked a pair, and Poulin said, "Kara was very good today and threw the ball well. Her arm is still tender, but with only one game in two weeks, she'll get some rest."

Raider hurler Lauren Prescott also went the route, as the Mounties roughed her up for 13 hits. The righthander walked two, fanned two, and hit one.

Lemelin led the BHS attack with her "grand salami" and a double, and Poirier and Mallory Brodeur (2B) each contributed three hits. The other safeties belonged to Hillary Arenburg, Cassie Martin, Sara Nadeau, Trisha Falardeau, and Jodie Croteau.

The Mounties stranded eight and committed two errors, while Belmont (4-10) had three miscues and left three runers on.

Berlin got three runs in the second inning on a walk to Lemelin, Brodeur's double to left, an error for a run, and run-producing infield outs by Caron and Molly Thagouras.

Expanding A Lead

The lead expanded to 7-0 in the third when Poirier singled, Nadeau walked, and Falardeau singled. Lemelin then crushed her grand slam shot over the fence in deep center.

Belmont scored an unearned run in the fourth without benefit of a hit, but the Mounties responded with a three-spot in the fifth.

Brodeur singled, Caron was hit by a pitch, and Arenburg beat out a beauty of a bunt. Martin walked, forcing in a run, Poirier grounded out, plating a run, and the final tally came home on a wild pitch.

Then, in the sixth, Lemelin's double to right and Croteau's RBI single wrapped up the scoring at 11-1.

Poulin added, "I'm very pleased at how well the girls are playing. They hit the ball very hard today, and the defense was good."

The top defensive play for the locals came in the 6th inning when Arenburg in centerfield — Marisa Lemoine remains out with a sprained ankle — threw a strike to the plate to gun down a Raidere runner.

It was a nice way to celebrate Senior Day.

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Lauren Prescott and Shawna Talbot. Kara Poirier and Trisha Falardeau. WP — Poirier. LP — Precott. HR: Berlin — Hilary Lemelin (3rd, three on).

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