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Dominant from the start

Fisher strikes out 12 and allows four hits in 6-0 win over Goffstown

  • The ConVal softball team defeated Goffstown 6-0 in the home opener on Monday, April 15, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal softball team defeated Goffstown 6-0 in the home opener on Monday, April 15, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal softball team defeated Goffstown 6-0 in the home opener on Monday, April 15, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal softball team defeated Goffstown 6-0 in the home opener on Monday, April 15, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal softball team defeated Goffstown 6-0 in the home opener on Monday, April 15, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal softball team defeated Goffstown 6-0 in the home opener on Monday, April 15, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal softball team defeated Goffstown 6-0 in the home opener on Monday, April 15, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal softball team defeated Goffstown 6-0 in the home opener on Monday, April 15, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal softball team defeated Goffstown 6-0 in the home opener on Monday, April 15, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal softball team defeated Goffstown 6-0 in the home opener on Monday, April 15, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal softball team defeated Goffstown 6-0 in the home opener on Monday, April 15, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal softball team defeated Goffstown 6-0 in the home opener on Monday, April 15, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • ConVal junior Courtney Fisher led ConVal to its first state championship in program history and the bad news for the rest of Division II is that she is only a junior. She struck out 221 batters and had a 16-2 record with five shutouts. fisher also led the Cougars with a .492 batting average.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal softball team defeated Goffstown 6-0 in the home opener on Monday, April 15, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal softball team defeated Goffstown 6-0 in the home opener on Monday, April 15, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • Lauren Mackey, a 2013 ConVal graduate, led the state champion Cougars with 19 runs scored and five home runs this spring.
  • The ConVal softball team defeated Goffstown 6-0 in the home opener on Monday, April 15, 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

It is clear that ConVal junior Courtney Fisher came into this season ready.

Now the rest of Division II is seeing what her teammates and coaches already knew.

Fisher tossed her second straight shutout to begin the 2013 campaign and defeated Goffstown 6-0 in Monday’s home opener.

She had allowed just one hit in a season-opening win at Milford last week and although there was a week between her next start, Fisher once again came within three outs of another one-hitter.

“Courtney is a very, very talented pitcher who has a lot of options to throw,” said coach Jim Coppo. “We expect that out of her and she expects it for herself.”

The Grizzlies tried to mount a rally, loading the bases on three hits in the top of the seventh. The last hit came after a deep fly to left that senior Katie Walker caught at the fence. But Fisher struck out the final two batters on called third strikes to preserve the shutout.

“It’s huge any time you can get a shutout,” said Coppo. “We’ve now outscored our opponents 16-0 in two games and that’s huge for these kids.”

Fisher finished with 12 strikeouts, giving her 25 on the year entering Wednesday’s trip to unbeaten Trinity. She allowed four hits and none between the second and sixth innings and just a single walk with two outs in the top of the fifth. Fisher had at least one strikeout in every inning, earning two each in innings one through four and again in the seventh.

“With Courtney, it’s all about how she’s feeling and most of the time she throws very well,” said senior catcher Marena Brock. “She’s got a lot of movement on her balls so there’s nothing down the middle.”

And while early on it looked to be the making of a classic pitching duel with Goffstown’s Kaila Colon, the Cougars adjusted. The Grizzles could not, as Fisher was in complete control from start to finish.

“I just kept doing the same things, throwing the same pitches and it just seemed to work,” said Fisher.

She gave up a one out double in the first, but quickly got out of it. Goffstown did not have another base runner until the fifth and it wasn’t until the seventh when they got another in scoring position.

“I was just throwing,” said Fisher. “Everything worked.”

ConVal threatened in the second when senior Lauren Mackey got to third after a leadoff single. But it wasn’t until the third that the Cougars finally broke through on the scoreboard.

Senior Maxine Dunn singled to short left field and got all the way to third on sophomore JoEllen Racicot’s ground out to third. The throw by Goffstown first baseman Jennifer Cashin got away and Dunn scored for a 1-0 lead.

“We made some adjustments after the first inning to help our kids make better contact,” said Coppo.

After Brock got to third after a leadoff single in the fourth, a steal and passed ball with no outs, Mackey laid down a sacrifice bunt for a two-run advantage. Walker’s fly ball to right hit just inside the line to score Sam Hanlan, who ran after Fisher’s one-out single.

“This year, these kids have bought into a system,” said Coppo. “They’re playing extremely well early on and we’re only going to get better.”

ConVal would add three more in the fifth to give Fisher more than enough to work with. Racicot singled to lead off the frame and came around to score on Brock’s double to the fence in left-center. A wild pitch plated Brock and junior Bryanna Lindsay’s infield single brought in Mackey, who singled with one out to knock Colon from the game, for ConVal’s sixth run.

“For the whole team to contribute that is definitely when we’re at our best,” said Brock.

Brock went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Mackey also had two hits in three at bats, scored once and drove in a run.

ConVal will return to its home field on Friday for the first of two games with Souhegan.

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