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).
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 May 2013 11:33
Sydney Strout had 14 strikeouts, gave up 4 hits and 1 walk.
The Gilford offense was led by Lisa Osborne 2/4 (1 RBI), Sydney Strout 1 double (1 RBI), singles by Mollie Dignan (1 RBI & 1 run scored), Paige Laliberte, Caitlin Houston and Miakela Mattice (1 run scored)
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 01:17
The 15-0 Eagles face Bow on Tuesday at 4 p.m., at the Derryfield School, for the Division III championship.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 01:14
Charleyne Panner, playing in the second singles spot, was the only Gilford player to earn a point for her team, beating Bow's Nisha Naik 8-3.
Gilford had advanced to the semi-final round after narrowly defeating Profile. Coach Hermann Defregger said, "We knew that playing Profile and Bow will be very challenging for us, but I'm very proud of our team. They gave it their best and that's all I can ask of them each time they step on the court. Tobe in the top four again out of 18 teams in Division III is a great accomplishment for this team. I certainly will miss Cheralynn Corsack and Charleyne Panner, who have been my number one and two for all four years and have had an outstanding high school career."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 01:09