NEWPORT–Two games in two days can be tough for any athlete, but for a softball pitcher that has to go out and throw back-to-back complete games, it is down right brutal.
That is what Kayla Descheneau had to do this past Thursday and Friday when she took the circle for the Falcons against Colchester and Mount Abe.
With freshman pitcher Taylor Blake unavailable due to a concussion, coach Leslie Dunn had limited options.
She tried to see of Mariah Roberts could regain the form that saw her pitch for the Falcons last season, but after just ten minutes, Roberts started to feel soreness in her back, soreness that would eventually force her from Friday's game.
So, on Thursday Descheneau went the distance against the Lakers in a 7-1 loss for North Country.
On Friday afternoon she was back at it again as North Country fell to the Eagles 10-4.
She battled like a trooper, but after the second game, she was clearly exhausted.
"My arm is pretty sore. I have not pitched two games in a row since last year, so yeah, I'm sore," said Descheneau said in a tired tone.
Said North Country catcher Maddie Mosher, who was their every step of the way for her pitcher, "I talked her through it and tried to get her to do the best that she could and she did a great job."
"She did this last two years, but this year we've had some flexibility where I could go and get her out of there, but now she gets no break" said Dunn. "We have four games in six days so she will fight through it. She pitched great."
Mount Abe jumped out to an early lead, scoring three time in the top of the first.
North Country answered with one in the bottom half of the inning as Kelsea Cutting scored on a close play at the plate, but they left the bases full as they moved on to the second.
Another Eagle run crossed the plate in inning number two.
The Falcons did not get going until the fifth.
With the score standing at 6-1 in favor of the visitors, North Country mounted their attack.
Cutting walked and stole second. With two out, Descheneau brought home Cutting with a base hit. Brandi Thornton walked and Emily Corkins singled in a pair of runs, making it 6-4 with two innings left.
By this time Descheneau was running on fumes and the Eagles were able to take advantage, plating four more runs to bring the score to 10-4.
Errors continue to plague the team, and Dunn addressed that after the game.
"We need to stop making errors. At one point it was five to one and it should have been two to one. Until we stop that, we are not going to win any games.
"If we can make good plays on defense, that leads to a good offensive performance. We'll get better, we have just got to work on it."
It is a quick turnaround for 3-7 North Country as they welcome in CVU for a make-up of last week's scheduled contest today at