By: Dan Stein, Critic Contributor
The Lyndon State Softball Team And Baseball Teams were in action this past week.
The softball team played their final North Atlantic Conference doubleheader matchup against the New England College Pilgrims on Wednesday.
The Hornets have struggled this season. In the first game, they failed to score and lost to the Pilgrims by a score of 13-0. The second game was an almost complete turnaround in comparison with the first game. Right off the bat, so to speak, the Hornets struck. In the bottom half of the first inning, they plated two runs, giving them the lead over the Pilgrims. New England College was able to get a run on the board in the top of the second inning, when sophomore Cori Sousa drove in the run on a groundout. The Pilgrims were not done in this inning, however, as they added two runs to take the lead, 3-2.
But then, back came the Hornets. With a Hannah Choiniere (Sophomore) double, she was able to drive in Senior Brooke Dollof, and the game was knotted at 3 in the bottom of the second. The game would remain tied until the top of the fifth, when New England College’s Gabriella Marcheschi drove in a run with a double. The Pilgrims would ultimately score twice in the inning.
The Hornets would keep the fight going throughout and eventually end up losing 6-4 in definitely one the best games they have played all season. Sophomore Kiya Dewitt pitched very well, despite taking the loss in the second game. Dewitt pitched a complete game only giving up six total runs. Freshman Ken Nieman would lead the Hornets in batting with two hits, getting those hits in only two plate appearances, driving in a run. Team manager Emma Kaplan said, “it was a good game, we played so great”.
The fight of the Hornets has been strong this season. Just when you think they are down and out, they just come right back with full force to the bitter end of each game.The Hornets will be one a one-week hiatus before they take on Plymouth State in a non-conference matchup for their last regular season game.
The Lyndon State Hornets Baseball team was at Colby Sawyer College on Wednesday.
The Hornets traveled south for a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader with the Chargers of Colby Sawyer College. The Hornets came out playing well in the first game of the doubleheader, by driving in two runs in the top of the second, after Colby sawyer scored one in the bottom of the first.
Junior outfielder Andre Eason Jr. scored on an error by Colby Sawyer to tie the game in top of the second. The Hornets would then take the lead 2-1 when first year player Jake Jourdain drove in sophomore Ryan Cordeiro. The Hornets would add four runs in the top of the fourth on a double by sophomore catcher Dave Laroche. Freshman Devin Rollins would add another run and Junior Kevin Tufo executed a perfect double steal to score the fourth run of the inning. An outstanding gem of a pitching performance was delivered by Freshman Ben Rollins, who allowed no earned runs in six innings of work. The Hornets would take game one with a score of 6-4.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Hornets were unable to produce many runs. After striking first with a run in the top of the first, the bats were silenced for the Hornets. Colby Saywer scored three runs in the bottom of the second and never looked back, defeating the Hornets 8-2, splitting the series. Freshman Zak Johnson took the loss for the Hornets and Mike Bowse picked up the win for the Chargers.
The Hornets returned to action on Thursday the Hornets played host to the Norwich University Cadets in a non-conference matchup.
The Hornets would put two runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning after the Cadets scored one in the top half of the second inning. Junior outfielder Andre Eason Jr. drove in the first run for the Hornets with a single then Freshman John Boulay hit a sacrifice fly to drive Junior Aaron Catalani to plate across the second run of the inning.
The Hornets kept the bats banging, as they scored another three runs in the next inning and never looked back defeating the Cadets of Norwich by a score of 6-2. For batting
Freshman Davis Guyer drove in two runs for the Hornets and went two for three. For Pitching the Hornets have a solid performance from Freshman Steve Bova who got a no decision, junior Ben Brooks would relieve Bova and get the win.