NEWPORTâThings were looking promising for the North Country softball team on Tuesday afternoon.
After paying tribute to their departing seniors, junior Anna Bingham staked her team to a 1-0 lead in the first, going yard off of MMU's pitcher Colleen Davis.
In the second the Cougars decided to crash the party, scoring two runs in the frame to take the lead.
North Country continued the fight in the bottom of the frame with Mariah Roberts singling, scoring and knotting the contest at two.
MMU took back the lead in the third on Autumn Hallock's double that scored Sydney LeBourveau.
With four innings in the book, the score stood at 3-2 in favor of the visiting squad. Just a one run lead, nothing to get worried about.
When the teams moved into the top of the sixth, it was 10-2 Mount Mansfield, but the Falcons still had some magic left in their bats.
In the sixth Anna Bingham took Davis deep again for her second long ball of the afternoon.
Said Bingham of her approach at the plate, "I was seeing the ball and reading it just right."
In the seventh it was sophomore Maddie Mosher's turn, and she teed off for a solo jack netting North Country's final run of the game.
"I felt really excited," said Mosher who actually called the shot prior to her plate appearance. "That was my first out-of-the -park homer this year. I had an inside-the-park one earlier, but this one was way better."
While watching your team go bride three times in a game usually is great, it was not enough this time around.
Mount Mansfield ended the day out-scoring the Falcons 15-4, moving NCU's record to 5-9 with two games left to play in the regular season.
Said head coach Leslie Dunn about Mosher and Bingham, "They are fearless. They look to hit the ball hard in every at-bat. They find balls that are a little bit fat, they drive them and that is what they are supposed to be doing out there."
A win would have been a nice way to wrap up the class of 2012's time competing on their home field, but none the less, some of the girls shared their thoughts on their time with the Falcons.
"It has been a lot of fun. I really look forward to softball season and I am sad that it is going to end," mused outfielder Hillary Manning.
"It's been a good four years," said starting pitcher Kayla Desheneau. "The team is a really fun group to be with."
"They have been a really fun group to work with," said Dunn echoing her hurler. "Kayla I've had for four years, Sam for three, Hillary, Brandi and Emily for two and they all come in and work hard every day.
"They are half of my roster and they are the leaders on the team. I'm not sure who is going to replace them next year"
Desheneau has been with Dunn for the entirety of her high school career, and the coach knows that her calming demeanor in the circle will be missed.
"Pitching-wise Taylor is going to do a great job, but she is young. Kayla's poise out there is going to be hard to replace. She has been here four years, she's smart, she knows the game and she, along with all of our seniors, are great kids and we are going to miss them."
Bingham also chimed in about her departing teammates.
"It is going to be hard, we are losing some good players and it is going to be upsetting."
While their time at home is over, there is still some ball left to be played.
Today will find them in Essex, and they will wrap up the season Saturday in Swanton against MVU.
Today's game begins at 4:30 and Saturday is an 11:00 start.