NEWPORTâNorth Country's softball team welcomed in Lyndon Institute for their home opener on Saturday morning, but fell short in their effort to pick up their first win, losing to the Vikings 7-3.
While they did not get the win, coach Leslie Dunn was very pleased with the girl's efforts compared to their first time out against St. Johnsbury.
"It was night and day," said Dunn. "Defensively we had some miscues, but we were right on it. We made some really big secondary plays, some real heads up stuff.â
The game kicked off with both teams getting on the scoreboard in the first.
Lyndon's first three batters reached base, with lead-off hitter Haillie Mesics crossing the plate with the game's first run.
The Falcons tied the game in their half of the inning on some nice hitting from their three and four hitters.
With two outs Anna Bingham singled and stole second to put herself in scoring position.
Freshman Taylor Blake drove her in with a well hit single, the first hit and subsequently the RBI of her varsity career.
"I have been practicing hitting a lot, and I was able to hit a good pitch," said the freshman.
Said Dunn of the duo, "They're always trying to hit the ball hard, put it in play and drive some runs in. We just try to do our job to put runners on base for them to drive home."
Lyndon's Shannon Morin got the Vikings going in the second with a one out double, followed by a walk to Mikayla Lyndes.
Both runners advanced on a wild pitch, and eventually would score on a Mesics single making it 3-1 Lyndon.
Kelsea Cutting singled to open the second and would come around to score on Brandi Thornton's single to close the gap to 3-2.
In the bottom of the third, Maddie Mosher doubled and scored to tie the game at three.
That would be the end of the scoring for North Country, but Lyndon wasn't through yet.
They added three more runs in the fourth, and another in the fifth to lock up the win.
Kayla Descheneau went the distance for the Falcons, taking the loss while Lyndon used two pitchers, Becca Simpson who earned the win and Cory Potter who came on in relief in the fifth.
Even though Descheneau lost, Dunn was encouraged by the senior's outing.
"Her drop was great today, and her change. She got behind in the count a little bit early, but she got back on track. She threw all her pitches and they were working."
The Vikings had nine hits to North Country's five.
Next up for the 0-2 Falcons is a trip to Burlington to face the Seahorses this Thursday. First pitch is at 4:30.