NEWPORTâ€“North Country's softball team held their annual Strike Out Cancer fundraiser to benefit the Relay for Life before and during their game against South Burlington.
While the pink-clad Falcons fell 4-2 to the Seahorses, both players and coaches were pleased with their fundraiser.
"This is something we plan all season and we try to make it bigger each year," said assistant coach Amanda Blaisdell.
"This year we had a great turnout, we had a lot more going on and I think we were more into it this year."
"This is our second year doing this, and the JV and varsity teams came together to do this for our community," said senior Sam Collins.
In the gameâ€™s early innings the Falcons Kayla Desheneau and South Burlington's Kate Fitzgerald were locked in quite the pitchers duel.
Through the first three innings neither team could get anything going, but in the fourth, the Seahorses finally managed to get to Desheneau.
Allyssa Gamelin started things off with a single, and promptly stole second base. Brenna Deavitt singled, moving Gamelin to third.
Gamelin scored on a close play at the plate when the Falcons elected to go home with the ball hit by Sarah Bouvier.
Desheneau got some big help from a fellow Kayla when So. Burlingtonâ€™s Kayla Perrotte hit into a double play, leaving Deavitt on third with two outs.
Deavitt would score before the top of the fourth came to a close, and after four complete it was 2-0 in favor of the road team.
In the fifth Descheneau allowed a double, but thanks to some strong defense, the Falcons escaped the inning unfazed.
In the bottom of the fifth they went to work.
Anna Bingham walked to start the frame. Brandi Thornton laid down the sac bunt, but an error allowed Bingham to score all the way from first and landed Thornton at second. Kelsea Cutting got Brandi to third and in the next at bat Sam Collins drove her in with a single.
"I had two strikes and I knew I had to hit it. We had runners on base and I just hit the ball and we tied up the game," said Collins.
Said Blaisdell of the inning, "I think we just got fired up. Most of our focus in the beginning of the game was on our Strike Out Cancer, and it kind of took us out of game mode."
Knotted at two going into the sixth, Taylor Blake came in to pitch for the the Falcons, but things did not go according to plan.
After getting on base with a walk, Perrotte would eventually score on a past ball to give the Seahorses back the lead at 3-2.
Gamelin would double and score in the seventh to give South Burlington an insurance run, sealing the 4-2 win for the girls in blue.
Taylor Blake took the loss while Fitzgerald went the distance for the win, allowing just two hits.
The loss comes on the heels of North Country's 15-5 win over Milton on Thursday. Anna Bingham and Maddie Mosher each had three hits in the game while Desheneau had two doubles and picked up the win.
Now 2-5, the girls have a busy week, playing three games in four days starting on Tuesday when they host CVU.
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