GHS softball earns first win

After losing its first match against Franklin, the Gilford High School softball team evened its record last week after beating Winnisquam 4-3. Winnisquam jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a pair of doubles. The lead was short-lived as Gilford tied the game 1-1 in the top of the second inning when lead off batter Paige Laliberte drew a walk and scored on a fielder's choice. Gilford scored one more in the sixth when Mikaela Mattice lead off with a walk and scored on an error. Gilford took a 4 –1 lead in the top of the fifth when Kelsey Buckley lead off with a single and scored on an RBI double by freshman Sarah LaChapelle in her first varsity hit. LaChapelle scored on a Hannah Chase single for the winning run. Winnisquam answered back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth on an infield error to make the score 4-3 Gilford. Pitcher Sydney Strout was in command of the game striking out 12 batters with five of those strikeouts in the last two innings. Strout gave up five hits and one earned run. Gilford defense committed only two errors and turned a double play. Centerfielder Hannah Chase had a spectacular catch in the third inning to stop a Winnisquam scoring opportunity. The Gilford offense had six hits by six different players. Sydney Strout, Lisa Osborne and Sarah LaChapelle had doubles and Kelsey Buckley, Mollie Dignan, and Hannah Chase each hit singles for Gilford.