Gilford starts softball playoffs in 3rd spot

Gilford's finished with a regular season record of 15-1 which seeded them in 3rd place going into the NHIAA Division III tournament. Gilford will host the winner of the Laconia versus Prospect Mountain matchup, scheduled to be played last night, at 4 p.m. on Friday.
Gilford won the last 15 games of the season after losing their game opener to Franklin 3-2 in 10. Gilford later in the season avenged that loss with a 4-1 victory. Gilford has outscored opponents 109-15 including 8 shutouts, 6 of those shutouts in the last 7 games. Gilford has allowed opponents to score only 5 runs in the month of May and only 1 in the last 7 games. A major reason for the stingy defense is 4 year veteran lefty pitcher Sydney Strout. Strout has broken the 619 school career strikeout record and currently has 631 with 198 this season. Strout averages 12.4 strikeouts, 2.9 hits, .9 walks per game and has an ERA of .438. Catcher Paige Laliberte has been Strout's catcher for 10 years and is solid behind the plate, picking off 2 players at 1st base.
Gilford's infield starters are 1st baseman senior Abby Harris, 2nd baseman sophomore Caitlin Houston, 3rd baseman junior Lisa Osborne, shortstop junior Mollie Dignan. The outfield starters are right fielder junior Kelsey Buckley, centerfielder senior Hannah Chase and leftfielder is split between senior Alyssa Wilson and junior Mikaela Mattice. Courtesy runner Kristina Hayden and pinch hitter Sarah Lachapelle also will get tournament play time.
The Gilford offense was led by Lisa Osborne with a .517 batting average and 17 RBIs. The batting averages have improved since the April vacation break. The latter part of the season averages bring 8 players over .300 mark: Osborne .553, Mikaela Mattice .500, Sydney Strout .433, Mollie Dignan .357 (14 runs), Abby Harris .344 (12 RBIs & 6 doubles), Sara Lachapelle .333 and Paige Laliberte (9 stolen bases) and Caitlin Houston.304 (10 RBIs).