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  • Conant softball defeated Hillsboro Deering 12-0 on April 28.
  • Conant softball defeated Hillsboro Deering 12-0 on April 28.
  • Conant softball defeated Hillsboro Deering 12-0 on April 28.
  • Conant softball defeated Hillsboro Deering 12-0 on April 28.
  • Conant softball defeated Hillsboro Deering 12-0 on April 28.
  • Conant softball defeated Hillsboro Deering 12-0 on April 28.
  • Conant softball defeated Hillsboro Deering 12-0 on April 28.
  • Conant softball defeated Hillsboro Deering 12-0 on April 28.
  • Conant softball defeated Hillsboro Deering 12-0 on April 28.
  • Conant softball defeated Hillsboro Deering 12-0 on April 28.
  • Conant softball defeated Hillsboro Deering 12-0 on April 28.
  • Conant softball defeated Hillsboro Deering 12-0 on April 28.

Softball aces Ivy Chalke and Courtney Fisher were at their best this week, each throwing no-hitters on Monday afternoon. Chalke, a junior at Conant, shut down Hillsboro-Deering to the tune of 12 strikeouts in the five inning contest; while Fisher collected her third career no-hitter, ringing up 16 Hanover hitters.

The Orioles entered their game with a 3-0 record and were never really challenged by the Hillcats.

“We played with intensity from the start,” said head coach Tom Lambert.

Lambert was pleased with the girls start-to-finish effort, something that the Orioles have struggled with in the past.

“We need to be more consistent. When you get a chance to beat someone, beat them,” said Lambert. “You have to play the whole game, no matter who you are playing.”

The Orioles move to 4-0, but Lambert plans to continue to push the girls and keep them hungry as the season rolls on.

“We made some base running mistakes today. We need to be hungry every game. Come halfway through the season, we cannot lose our edge,” said Lambert.

Senior catcher Heather Bilodeau recognized the Orioles shortcomings on the base paths. “We made a few mental mistakes running, but otherwise our offense was good,” said Bilodeau after the game.

“We need to work on the mental part of the game. Deciding what to do in certain situations on the base paths,” added Chalke.

Chalke’s dominance on the mound was only part of the Orioles resounding victory, “We swung the bat well,” said Lambert.

Virtually everyone in the Orioles lineup had a good day at the plate, dismantling Hillsboro-Deering’s pitching.

Sophomore Sierra Landry went 2-4 with a double and a triple, while Chalke helped her own cause, going 3-4 with two doubles and a triple. Bilodeau and freshman Grace Chadbourne each added two singles, while Grace’s elder sister Katie, a junior, had three singles of her own.

The Orioles played solid defense behind Chalke, something the ace acknowledged after the game. “I feel very comfortable with the defense I have behind me,” she said.

Bilodeau is confident in the group that the Orioles have this season. “Anything is possible as long as everyone is willing to work for it, especially the younger girls. We are a bit of a younger team, experience is important come playoff time.”

The Orioles won 12-0 in five innings and will play Kearsarge tomorrow at home.

While the Orioles were taking care of business at Stone Field in Jaffrey, the Cougars softball team was facing off against an 0-2 Hanover Marauders squad.

The Cougars came into their contest against Hanover with a 2-2 record. Like the Orioles, the Cougars were never truly challenged by their opponent.

Senior Courtney Fisher had all of her pitches working from the first inning, striking out the first five batters she faced. The Marauders were only able to put three balls in play, each of which the Cougars defense was able to handle.

The Cougars’ Sarah Dugas made a standout defensive play in the second inning when Hanover’s Heather Kohl hit a pop fly in foul territory that she was able to corral. Sam Hanlon, Fisher and Bryanna Lindsay made defensive plays for the Cougars throughout the contest.

Fisher recorded two strikeouts per inning the rest of the way, finishing with her career total sitting at 636, 40 away from the state record.

“Getting my third career no-hitter was very exciting. I am proud and feel accomplished,” said Fisher after the game. “I could not have done it without my team though. My defense had to make plays and we wouldn’t have won if they hadn’t hit the ball,” Fisher added.

The Cougars hit well at the plate, complimenting Fisher’s pitching. Catcher Reilly McCarty (3-3 with four RBI) blasted 3 towering doubles, while Taylor Guay, Brittni Doyle, and Emmasae Hallen added multiple hits. The Cougars were able to rack up 12 hits on the afternoon, more than enough to back up Fisher’s stellar pitching.

The Cougars defeated the Marauders by a final score of 11-0, moving to 3-2 on the young season. The Cougars will host John Stark on Friday.

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