ConVal softball team heading to playoffs

ConVal head coach Amanda Hinton surveys the scene from the third-base box against Bow. 

ConVal head coach Amanda Hinton surveys the scene from the third-base box against Bow.  FILE PHOTO BY BEN CONANT/BEN CONANT PHOTOGRAPHY

Published: 05-26-2024 12:01 PM

The ConVal softball team beat Milford Wednesday and lost to Sanborn Thursday to split its run of four games in four days to end the regular season.

The Cougars hosted Milford, winning 10-7 on Senior Night. Milford plated three runs in both the third and fourth innings to take a 6-0 lead. ConVal bounced back with four runs in the fourth inning, as Olivia Riley hit a single, Hannah Beisang walked and Opale Barrick followed with a single that plated Riley.

Brynn Frosch reached on a fielder’s choice and scored Beisang, followed by a single by Mea Platt. Makayla Durgin reached on a bunt single, and two runs scored on the overthrow out of play.

The Cougars didn’t stop there, adding six runs in the sixth. Frosch reached on an error, as did Honor Hagelberg. Avery Moore and Sydney Borges each singled and, after Chloe Hamlin reached on an error, Riley hit an RBI single and Beisang came up big with a double.

Borges pitched her third straight game, allowing seven runs on 10 hits, four errors and a walk. She struck out 14, bringing her to 212 on the season, and was honored by fans and her team when she hit 200 strikeouts in the second inning.

Riley took the circle when ConVal traveled to Sanborn, giving up 13 runs on seven hits, 13 walks, four hit batsman and three errors in the 13-1 loss. She was able to strike out one.

The Cougars reached base in the second when Riley hit a leadoff single but her courtesy runner, Durgin, was left stranded on second.

Hamlin reached for the Cougars in the third and scored a run after a sacrifice bunt, a grounder to first and a passed ball. Moore got a single in the sixth, but was also stranded at second.

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ConVal finished fourth in NHIAA Division II with a 12-4 record, and will host a first round game on Wednesday May 29 at 4 p.m. against the No. 13 seed.