RUHS Softball


Sports / Apr. 22, 2010 1:49pm EDT

By Katie Jickling

With consistent offense and strong defense, the Randolph softball squad was able to demolish Oxbow 8-2. The Ghosts’ strong base running and signature bunting game proved effective throughout, advancing runners and perplexing the Oxbow defense. Arielle Connolly produced a solid effort on the mound, striking out nine Olympians while walking four.

Randolph started off strong, scoring a run in the first inning. Siobhan Chase bunted for a base hit, Katie Jickling sacrificed her to second and Arielle Connolly singled her home. After squandering two runners in the second, the Ghosts managed to tally three more runs in the third inning off Oxbow freshman pitcher Cassie Wallace.

In the fourth, Oxbow broke up Connolly’s shutout, scoring a run off a single, a walk, and two bunts. But the Olympians’ effort was to no avail; in the bottom of the same inning, Randolph lengthened their lead playing small ball: bunts, steals, and walks.

Oxbow scored their second and final run in the seventh inning. Good defensive plays, especially in the infield, secured the season opener for Randolph, now 1-0. Randolph hosted Lamoille on Tuesday.

With nine returning players, the Ghosts seem to hold a lot of potential for this season’s team. Dropping to Division III for the first time, Randolph will face a whole different set of teams when playoffs come around.

The team is led by seniors Arielle Connolly (pitcher), shortstop Katie Jickling, and first baseman Shayne Reis. The sole junior, Molly Poirier, fills the third base position. Five sophomores on the team consist of catcher Molly Jacobs, second baseman Siobhan Chase, and outfielders Miah Poirier, Ashley LaFreniere and Katie Giles. The only new varsity player, promising freshman Erin Easton, plays outfield and catches.

The team is coached by Alan Stewart, who has been at the helm for over 25 years.

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