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Fast enough for you? Labrie no-hits Fall Mountain

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Fall Mountain on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Fall Mountain on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Fall Mountain on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Fall Mountain on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Fall Mountain on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Fall Mountain on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Fall Mountain on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic’s Raven Comtois pounds the ball against Fall Mountain for a triple. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Fall Mountain on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, May 11, 2017 7:30AM

It only took one pitch for Carmen Grenier to decide she’d seen enough of Maddie Labrie. The Fall Mountain hitter could hardly get the bat off her shoulder before Mascenic’s sophomore hurler had popped the mitt with a fastball. Grenier stepped out and bemoaned her situation.

“It’s so fast!” Grenier shouted, prompting laughter from the crowd and players alike. Even the ever-focused Labrie had to crack a smile as she fired her next pitch.

Whiff.

Grenier headed back to the dugout before being reminded that the count was just 0-2. She dug back into the box and struck out on the next pitch.

That’s just about how it went for all the Wildcats on Tuesday, as Labrie pitched a complete-game no-hitter, propelling Mascenic to a 5-0 win, their sixth straight victory.

“I knew that we couldn't go into this game just thinking that we were going to win,” Labrie said. “We had to come in with fire.”

Labrie’s fastball was the most radiant heat source on the windy, overcast day, as she struck out 13 Wildcats while only allowing baserunners on a hit batter and three infield errors. However, the Viking bats weren’t nearly as fiery.

“I was hoping your bats were going to keep me warm,” quipped head coach Dutch Stauffeneker, who instead had to bundle up, as Mascenic put up 10 hits, all singles save for one. It was the second straight game where the hitting was sluggish, by Mascenic standards; on Monday, the Vikings avenged their only loss of the season by beating Prospect Mountain 3-1, despite just five hits on the day.

“We’ve got to be able to put together some better at-bats,” Stauffeneker said. “Maybe we just got spoiled against Campbell (18 hits) and that’s what I expected all year. But now we’re battling, and we’ve had to resort to some small ball.”

The one Viking not scuffling at the plate right now is catcher Raven Comtois, who went 3-3 in the both of the past two games. On Tuesday, she smacked two singles and a triple for two RBI.

“It’s a good feeling,” Comtois said. “I’m glad I got rallied up — it was pretty good to get the momentum going.”

With a pitcher like Labrie on the mound, a little spark is all the Vikings have needed.

“With Maddie in the game, it’s tough to really get momentum,” Stauffeneker said, “so we lean heavily on her.”

Mascenic (9-1) has now won six straight heading into Wednesday’s game at Monadnock, played after press time. This weekend, they’ll play a doubleheader at Somersworth (0-7) and then travel to Hillsboro-Deering, a surprise at 5-2, on Monday. Bishop Brady and Conant loom to finish out the season, but despite their opponent’s records, the approach is the same.

“We have to go into every game like it’s Campbell or a really hard team,” Labrie said. “We don’t want to go into any games cocky.”

Comtois jumped in.

“We’re going into every game: like ‘Hey, we’re going to get this one. We’re going to win it, no matter what.’ We’re going to get grass stains and dirt all in our face, that’s it. That’s all we think.”