JOHNSON, Vt.-The Northern Vermont University-Johnson softball team and Northern Vermont University-Lyndon softball team faced off in a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon. The Hornets took the first game of the afternoon by a score of 13-5.
The opening two innings for the Hornets and a strong defensive effort fueled the Hornets for the contest. The Hornets recorded 12 runs in the first two innings of action. Cecilia Chamul was the first Hornet to cross the plate after back to back shots that resulted in doubles for teammates Emma Corey and Madeline DeGroot. The Badgers closed the inning off a strikeout from Emily Marshall who earned seven for the contest.
The Badgers were held scoreless in the bottom of the first inning. The Hornets exploded offensively in the second inning as they recorded seven hits and brought ten runs home. It wasn't until the bottom of the second that the Badgers tabbed their first run of the game. Kimberly Reville singled as a Hornet error started the Badger attack. Savannah Dufrense recorded a single to right field and put the Badgers in scoring position. Reville stole third and Dufrense advanced on a pass ball. With two Badgers in scoring position Teya Johnson popped up to left field but allowed for Reville to score.
The Badgers found their rhythm in the bottom of the third inning, Lindsey LaPerle hit a shot to the center fielder but her quick speed allowed her to get to third for a triple. Marshall followed with a single to left field bringing LaPerle home. Reville and Nicole Mooney continued to put the ball in play recording singles bringing in Marshall. The Badgers closed the inning scoring four runs but were scoreless for the remainder of the contest as NVU-Lyndon took game one of the doubleheader.
The Badgers were led by Mooney, Dufrense and Reville who each recorded two hits apiece. With the loss the Badgers fall to 3-20 overall and 2-7 in North Atlantic Conference action. The Hornets improve to 3-16 and 1-6 in NAC play.