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Gilford Softball Edges Laconia 2-1 in 10 Innings (402 words)

GILFORD — Gilford improved their record to 7-1 Wednesday , but it took 10 innings to pull off a 2-1 win against local rival Laconia.
Sydney Strout pitched a 1 hitter striking out 17 and only walking one over the 10 innings. In the top of the 6th Laconia took a 1-0 lead on 2 Gilford errors.
Gilford tied the game in the bottom of the 7th when Mollie Dignan led off with a double and moved to third on a Hannah Chase sacrifice bunt. Sydney Strout hit a deep ball to centerfield to score Dignan on the sacrifice fly to put the game into extra innings.
The game remained tied 1-1 until the bottom of the 10th when Lisa Osborne and Abby Harris hit back to back singles. Kristina Hayden pinch ran for Osborne and advanced to third on a fielder’s choice. With runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs, freshmen Sarah Lachapelle hit a pop up to the infield that was misplayed and allowed Hayden to score the winning run.

On a Monday game Gilford beat Winnisquam 9-1.  Strout had a perfect game going into the top of the 4th when Rachel Wilcutt hit a homerun over the Gilford fence, the first homerun over the fence by any team since 2011.
Strout pitched tough striking out 15, allowing just 3 hits and no walks on the day. The Gilford defense was solid behind Strout committing no errors. Right fielder Kelsey Buckley robbed a hit from Becky Ropoza in the top of the 5th inning with a spectacular defensive catch.
Gilford pounded out 8 hits including 3 doubles. In the first inning, Paige Laliberte drew a lead off walk, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Sydney Strout and scored on a Lisa Osborne double. Osborne scored on a single by Caitlin Houston to give Gilford a 2-0 lead. Gilford made the score 3-0 in the 3rd when Lisa Osborne got on with an error and scored on a single by freshmen Sarah Lachapelle.
Gilford scored 3 more in the 5th inning when Lisa Osborne led off with a single and scored on an Abby Harris double. Allannah Mattice ran for Harris and scored on a wild pitch. Sarah Lachapelle got on with an error and scored on an error. Gilford scored 3 more in the 6th inning when Sydney Strout got on with a single and scored on an Abby Harris double. Harris scored on an error. Kelsey Buckley got on with a single and scored on a wild pitch.

 
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