North Country Baseball and Softball Fall to St. Johnsbury Hilltoppers in Season Opening Contests

ST. JOHNSBURY–The North Country baseball team fell 7-2 to St.Johnsbury in their first game of the season on Tuesday.After three scoreless innings, St.Johnsbury got to Falcons starting pitcher Joel Lemarche in the fourth, putting up six runs in the inning.The Hilltoppers added a run in the fifth, making it 7-0 before the Falcons were able to break up the Academy's Lincoln Lemieux's bid for a no hitter.After Trevor Monty made it first on a strikeout error by the St. J catcher, Nate Stewart singled, followed by Jon Boyer's infield single.With the bases loaded, Wyatt Prue drove in Monty with a ground out, and Stewart scored on a wild pitch.That would be all the scoring that North Country would get, as the Academy closed out the Falcons in the seventh to secure the win.Lemarche took the loss while Lemieux picked up the win.The 0-1 Falcons will be back in action on Saturday against more Kingdom competition as they host Lyndon Institute at 11:00 AM.The Falcon Softball team had a rough go of it on Tuesday, losing 18-3 in their season opener.North Country took a 3-0 lead in the first with out the benefit of hit, scoring on a combination of walks, outs and Hilltopper miscues. From that point on St. johnsbury pounded the ball all over field, picking up runs in all six innings played.Kayla Desheneau was the losing pitcher while St. J's Jenna Carpenter was the victor.The 0-1 girls will also be in action this Saturday against the Vikings at 11:00 AM