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Cougars hold on for victory

CV 4-0 after 10-8 win over Souhegan

For the third straight game, the ConVal softball team got a scare in the seventh inning.

But in each case, the Cougars had done enough prior to that to hold on for the win, including Friday’s 10-8 victory over Souhegan. ConVal improved to 4-0 overall entering today’s trip to Hanover.

With a comfortable 10-3 lead over the Sabers going into the seventh, things got a little too close for comfort when Souhegan hit a two-out grand slam, added another run and had the tying run on first. But junior Courtney Fisher struck out the final batter to preserve the win.

“We’ll take a win any way we can get it,” said coach Jim Coppo. “Right now we can afford to give up some runs because offensively we’re pretty solid all the way through the lineup.”

Fisher finished with 11 strikeouts for her fourth complete game victory of the season and gave up just four hits prior to allowing six in the final frame. It was Fisher’s fourth double-digit strikeout game.

ConVal scored three in the first, another in the third and three more in each of the fourth and fifth innings.

Senior Lauren Mackey went 4-for-4 for the second straight game and drove in four runs and Fisher also had four hits. Marena Brock and JoEllen Racicot each had two hits and scored twice and Bryanna Lindsay was 3-for-4.

On Wednesday, ConVal led 11-4 entering the seventh at Trinity and saw the Pioneers score five times before recording the final out with the bases loaded in an 11-9 win.

“That game will help us going down the road,” said Coppo.

Fisher struck out 12 and allowed nine hits. Brock had a first inning home run and finished with two hits.

Entering play this week, ConVal was one of three undefeated teams remaining in Division II.

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