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Labrie on fire as Vikings roll to semis

  • Mascenic's Maddie Labrie struck out 16 and no-hit Winnisquam as the Vikings won 1-0 in the first round of the NHIAA playoffs on Wednesday. Photo by Cyndi Babin—

  • Mascenic's Maddie Labrie with coach Dutch Stauffeneker after Labrie got her 500th strikeout on Wednesday and no-hit Winnisquam. Photo by Cyndi Babin

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough softball team hosted Colebrook in the NHIAA Division IV quarterfinals on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough softball team hosted Colebrook in the NHIAA Division IV quarterfinals on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough softball team hosted Colebrook in the NHIAA Division IV quarterfinals on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough softball team hosted Colebrook in the NHIAA Division IV quarterfinals on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough softball team hosted Colebrook in the NHIAA Division IV quarterfinals on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough softball team hosted Colebrook in the NHIAA Division IV quarterfinals on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough softball team hosted Colebrook in the NHIAA Division IV quarterfinals on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough softball team hosted Colebrook in the NHIAA Division IV quarterfinals on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough softball team hosted Colebrook in the NHIAA Division IV quarterfinals on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough softball team hosted Colebrook in the NHIAA Division IV quarterfinals on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough softball team hosted Colebrook in the NHIAA Division IV quarterfinals on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 9:11PM

There was no hitting Mascenic fireballer Maddie Labrie this week, as the Vikings’ junior pitcher has flipped a switch and helped carry her team into the Division III semifinals. Labrie allowed just three baserunners and zero runs in two playoff games while striking out 30 hitters.

On Wednesday, Labrie struck out 16 Winnisquam batters in a 1-0 no-hitter that moved the Vikings to the second round. While she was at it, Labrie hit the softball pitcher’s sought-after milestone: her 500th career strikeout.

Labrie said she knew she needed seven more strikeouts to hit 500 coming into the game.

“Although I have been excited to reach my goal, my biggest concern was for my team and I to get the win today,” Labrie said after the game. “That 500th strikeout wouldn’t have meant the same to me if we hadn’t won our game.”

Labrie was perfect through six and then walked the leadoff hitter.

Mascenic was held scoreless until the sixth inning, when Shelby Babin singled and then scored on a wild play. Melonie Ojala hit a grounder to third base, which deflected off the third baseman’s glove. Babin advanced on the error and then scored when the ball was thrown away trying to catch her at third.

Labrie’s dominance continued Saturday, as the Vikings beat Newport 10-0 for a berth in the semis. It was a far cry from last week’s 3-0 loss to the Tigers, as the Vikes scored four in the first inning and cruised to the shutout win.

Labrie struck out 14 batters and didn’t allow a baserunner until the sixth inning, as the Tigers finished with just two hits.

Senior Sydney Letters homered in the first inning and drove in three runs. Seniors Sam Bilodeau and Jordyn Babin drove in two runs apiece, as did sophomore Sam Hughson.

Those following the bracket might have been worried about a semifinal matchup with No. 2 Campbell, as the Cougars shut out Mascenic earlier this season. But No. 7 Belmont upset the Campbell 3-0 on Saturday and the Raiders will face the Vikings at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at Plymouth State in the semifinals. The winner will play the winner of No. 1 White Mountains and No. 4 Berlin on Saturday.

Conant knocked out

Conant couldn’t capitalize on a good start from Brenna Welch and loading the bases in the first inning at Belmont Wednesday, falling 10-2 to end their postseason in the first round. 

Welch was “lights-out” for five innings, said head coach Wiley Billings, but the Orioles fell apart after that, and a failure to execute – paired with just three Conant hits – did them in. 

“The girls played hard,” Billings said.

Conant finishes at 9-8.

WLC falls to Colebrook

The Warriors got things rolling quickly in the first round of the Division IV tournament, blowing out Littleton 12-0. The Crusaders managed just an infield hit off WLC starter Lexi Balam, who pitched six innings and struck out five.

Balam went 3-4 with two doubles and an RBI; Abby Leblanc hit a solo homer and scored three runs; Sam Yurcak drove in three; Janel Bachand, Brooke Lane and Rachel Christino also drove in runs.

But, infield errors would do in the Warriors in their semifinal matchup against Colebrook.

“This one’s going to hurt for a while,” said head coach Denny Claire after WLC’s 6-5 loss to the Mohawks on Saturday. The Warriors made three errors on the day — two on throws to first base — to open the door for Colebrook.

“It can’t be said that they beat us on our field,” Claire said. “I think we were the better team.”

Lexi Balam pitched a complete game with six strikeouts and went 2-4 with two runs scored. Emma Skelly had two RBI and Lily Foisie drove in another two.

WLC finishes at 16-4.