GHS softball misses perfect game by one hit

After a pair of recent strong performances, Gilford High School softball pitcher Sydney Strout is on pace to reach the milestone of 500 strikeouts, an achievement she is on pace to reach during this afternoon's scheduled home game against undefeated Farmington. The game starts at 4 p.m. and Strout needs nine Ks to become only the second pitcher in Gilford history to reach the mark.
Pitcher Sydney Strout and the Gilford High School defense were just one hit away from a perfect game as Gilford went onto beat Somersworth 14-0 in 6 innings. The only Somersworth runner to reach first base did so in the 3rd inning. Gilford played flawless defense committing no errors and Sydney Strout struck out 11 batters, walking none and giving up the lone hit. The Eagles offense pounded out 9 hits, led by Alyssa Wilson, who went 3/3 with 4 RBI, Sydney Strout 3/4, Abby Harris hit a double and singles were hit by Kelsey Buckley and Caitlin Houston. Paige Laliberte had 3 RBI and Mollie Dignan 1 RBI. Gilford took advantage of 5 Somersworth errors, 4 walks and 8 wild pitches.
Gilford scored 2 runs in the 2nd on 2 errors and an RBI single by Wilson. Gilford scored 1 more in the 3rd when Strout hit a single and scored on a Laliberte fielder's choice. With a 3-0 lead Gilford exploded for 5 runs in the 4th on singles by Buckley, Wilson, and Strout as well as a sacrifice fly by Laliberte making the score 8-0 . Gilford scored one in the 5th making the score 9-0 when Mollie Dignan got on with an error and scored on a fielder's choice. Gilford scored 5 more in the top of the 6th highlighted with Houston and Strout leading off with back to back singles. Houston scored on a Laliberte sacrifice fly and Strout scored on an Harris double. Wilson hit a 2 run single to give Gilford a 14-0 lead and end the game in 6 innings by the mercy rule.
Gilford followed that effort by beating Inter-Lakes 11-0 on Wednesday. The win was the 1,000th varsity coaching victory for Gilford's Joan Forge, who also coaches volleyball.