Chieftains top Bulldogs

MANCHESTER - Green Mountain softball coach Terry Farrell said that his senior-laden side is ready to compete for a state title this spring, and his Chieftains showed off all the tools they'll need in a 17-1 win in five innings over Burr and Burton Academy on Saturday.

"[Green Mountain] executed both offensively and defensively," said BBA coach Dan DeForest. "They run the bases aggressively, they have great speed and I think they are solid one through nine."

Green Mountain got power at the plate early, with Madi Huntley hitting a two-run inside the park home run in the first inning off of Caitlyn Arellano, then in the second the Chieftains batted through the order to tack on nine runs and take an early 13-0 lead.

"I was glad the way we started hitting the ball right away," said Farrell. "We played a game last night and we let the other team hang around too long. We didn't want to do that today."

In the decisive second inning, Green Mountain scored in a variety of ways, including two sacrifice hits, three wild pitches, a pair of RBI singles and an RBI double by Rachel Martel.

"Caitlyn had some bad luck early on [and] we didn't make plays behind her," DeForest said. "In that second inning we gave up nine runs when we could have gotten out of it with no runs."

For the Bulldogs, Rachel Senecal hit a double in the first inning off of Stephanie Knockenhauer and hit a ball that was dropped by the Green Mountain right fielder to bring in Jackie Nutter for BBA's lone run of the game.

"We hit the ball hard today," DeForest said. "We can't hit the ball any harder when we're putting it in play. She had a couple of strikeouts, but nothing like the first time we played."

In that first game, which Green Mountain won 8-0, Knockenhauer had a perfect game going into the final out of the seventh.

In the fifth inning, Green Mountain scored three runs, including another RBI basehit by Martel, to put the mercy rule in effect.

"I wanted to get my pitcher five innings if I could today," Farrell said. "So I was pleased with the way we played."

Knockenhauer went the distance for Green Mountain to get the win, allowing five hits while striking out four and giving up the one unearned run.

Arellano went two innings in the loss. Darien Halliday pitched the final three innings for BBA.

Green Mountain improves to 4-0 on the year while BBA falls to 2-6.


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