Published DateThe Gilford High School softball team avenged its only loss of the season by beating Franklin 4-1 on Senior Day at the Gilford field. Prior to the game, Gilford held a brief ceremony to honor the seven graduating seniors at their final regular season home game. The seniors are manager Sophie Brunt, outfielders Alannah Mattice, Alyssa Wilson and Hannah Chase, 1st baseman Abby Harris, catcher Paige Laliberte, and pitcher Sydney Strout. Strout needed 11 strikeouts to beat the 619 career strikeout record held by Alyssa Crowell. The 11th strikeout came in the 6th inning after Franklin's Jill Roberts hit a lead off double and then Strout struck out the next 2 batters. Strout recorded one more strikeout in the 7th inning to now have a total of 621 career strikeouts. Strout also had the game winning hit in the 4th inning when she drove in Kelsey Buckley on a deep sacrifice fly to center field to break the 1-1 tie. Strout also pitched Gilford out of a bases loaded jam with no outs by striking out the next 3 batters to end the 3rd inning.
Gilford scored one run in the bottom of the 2nd inning when Sarah Lachapelle hit a lead off single and scored on a wild pitch. The lead was short lived when Franklin's Lexi Colpack came up in the top of the 3rd and hit a lead off homerun over the fence. Gilford scored 2 runs in the 4th inning. After Strout hit the sacrifice fly to score Buckley, Mollie Dignan who got on with a fielder's choice, scored on a Lisa Osborne single to give Gilford a 3-1 lead. Gilford scored one more in the 5th when Paige Laliberte led off with a walk, advanced to 2nd on a Sarah Lachapelle sacrifice bunt and scored from 2nd on a Caitlin Houston single.
Gilford finished with 9 hits. Leading the offense was Abby Harris 3/4 (1 double), Lisa Osborne 3/4 (1 RBI), and one hit apiece by Mollie Dignan (1 run scored), Sarah Lachapelle (1 run scored), and Caitlin Houston (1 RBI).
Sydney Strout allowed one run, recorded 12 strikeouts, gave up 4 hits and walked one.
Gilford's next game is at Belmont on Friday.