BELMONT — Gilford softball defeated Belmont on a soggy Monday afternoon, 5-3. The Golden Eagles scored five unearned runs on two hits and 11 walks. Belmont pushed across three runs on three hits and three walks.
"The bats were as cold as the weather," said Gilford coach Joan Forge. "We did what we needed to do to get the win."
The rain played a factor in the pitching, causing both teams to have more wild pitches than normal. Gilford capitalized on three wild pitches, scoring three runs.
Belmont opened the scoring on a pass ball in the bottom of the first inning. Gilford responded three innings later with three runs of their own. The first was on a throwing error to third base and the next two came on wild pitches to the backstop. Gilford tacked on two more in the sixth inning to extend their lead to two.
Gilford's Jordan Dean made the play of the game at shortstop, diving to her left to pick up a sinking line drive that would have started a rally for the Red Raiders.
"Dean's stab in the seventh was a crucial out," Forge said. " We played well enough defensively to make up our absence at the plate." Junior Caitlin Houston and Sophomore Sarah LaChapelle had the two singles for Gilford.
The Red Raiders fall to 7-5 in NHIAA Division III play and will host Laconia on Wednesday. Gilford is 9-3 with the win and will also be home on Wednesday to take on Farmington.
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