Cougar girls open season in big way
LIVERMORE FALLS -- Although it is still early, there is no reason to hold back and the Dirigo softball team certainly provided an insight on its intentions, following an impressive all-around performance in a season-opening Mountain Valley Conference game.
Senior shortstop Tasha DeRoche helped lead the way with four hits, including a pair of doubles and two runs batted in as the Lady Cougars pounded out 19 hits and was flawless defensively in a 16-3 win against Spruce Mountain. The game, played on Phoenix North campus, was called after six innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Dirigo simply had too much offensive fire power, with Emma Lueders and Natalie Bolduc each with three hits. Britney Ellis and Katelyn Olsen were also repeat hitters.
''Offensively, we had our bats going, and had some heads up base running. It's always nice when all of the batters in the line up produce solid at bats, not just a few players here and there," said coach Sara Thurston.
The game had actually started out very competitive, scoreless through two innings and Dirigo led 3-1 after three innings. The Cougars quickly changed the complexion of the game, batting around and scoring 11 runs in the top of the fourth inning.
''Freshman Emma Lueders had several tremendous plays at third base,'' said Thurston, who had three RBI, added a double and swiped two bases. ''You'd think she'd been playing that position for a few years, not just a few weeks.''
Dirigo (1-0), who host Boothbay this afternoon, had 12 RBI: Lueders three, Lauren Henderson, DeRoche and Cami Denney two each, while Kelsey Hutchins, Ellis and Bolduc each had one.
The Cougars utilized their speed with seven stolen Bases: Bolduc three, Leuders two and Hutchins and Ellis.
Pitching duties was split with Denney (four innings, one walk, four strikeouts) and Ellie Wainwright (two innings, walk, three strikeouts). SM had eight hits, two by Emily Keene.
''We were solid all around the field, and didn't commit any errors,'' said Thurston, while SM had eight errors. Cougar senior Ambyr Wilson was a standout at first base.