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Cougars crush Hanover, 14-1

Hanlon allows one hit in varsity debut

With junior pitcher Courtney Fisher unable to go due to illness, the ConVal softball team turned to freshman Sam Hanlon for Tuesday’s contest at Hanover.

And in her varsity debut, Hanlon exceeded all expectations.

Hanlon allowed just one hit — a single in the second— struck out five and walked two in the Cougars’ 14-1, five-inning mercy-rule victory over the Marauders.

“The real story is a freshman gets the start and allows one hit in five innings of work,” said coach Jim Coppo. “We didn’t know what we were going to get out of her.”

The win improved ConVal to 5-0 on the season, one of just three remaining undefeated teams in Division II.

Early on, the ConVal offense gave Hanlon all the run support she would need. The Cougars sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six times in the second.

“These kids believe they can beat anybody,” said Coppo.

Bryanna Lindsay drove in two with a double, as did JoEllen Racicot. Seniors Maxine Dunn and Marena Brock each added run scoring singles.

Senior Lauren Mackey highlighted a three-run fourth with by driving in two with a single. Five more in the fifth allowed for ConVal to end the game early. Dunn added two more RBIs to her total with a single, while Brock doubled in a run.

Mackey was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs. Dunn was 3-for-3 with three runs and Lindsay finished with two hits and scored twice.

For the junior varsity team, sophomore Brittani Doyle took a perfect game into the fifth and finished with her first career no-hitter in a 30-1 win. Doyle also belted a grand slam.

ConVal travels to John Stark on Friday before hosting Monadnock on Monday and Hollis/Brookline under the lights on Tuesday.

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