Monday afternoon Hoosic Valley paid a visit to Cambridge to take on the Lady Indians in a good early season softball match-up. Cambridge entered the contest 3-0 in Wasaren play, while the Valley came in with a 3-1 league mark.
In a game where both squads had plenty of chances to score, the Indians from Schaghticoke cashed in on more of their opportunities and handed Cambridge a 6-1 defeat.
Hoosic Valley started in a hurry when Bridget Ryan led off with a bunt single, and Katrina Dean followed with a four pitch walk. But Cambridge pitcher Miranda Seacord snuffed out the rally retiring the next three Indians on a pair of ground balls, and a strikeout of Ashley Madigan to end the inning.
In the top of the second the Valley got on the board using five singles and a Cambridge miscue to score four times in the frame.
A pair of one-out singles by Danielle Stannard and Emma Irwin followed by an Indians error put runners on second and third with one run in. After Ryan reached on her second bunt single of the contest, a wild pitch scored Irwin before Katrina Dean ripped a two-run single to right capping the Valley scoring in the frame.
In the bottom of the second Cambridge made some noise, but failed to convert opportunity into runs.
Hoosic Valley pitcher Camille Coyne fanned the first two Cambridge hitters, but the next three Indians reached on a walk, error, and hit by pitch bringing number nine hitter Olivia Brownell to the plate. Coyne worked the count to 1-2 and ended the threat getting Brownell swinging, leaving the bases full.
In the third it was Seacord and Cambridge’s turn to wiggle out of trouble after the Valley juiced the bases with one out on walks to Madigan and Irwin sandwiched around a Stannard single.
Seacord caught her counterpart Coyne looking on a 2-2 pitch, and retired Ryan on a line-out to short to keep the score at 4-0 Valley.
In the home half of the fifth, Cambridge got on the board, but again Coyne and the Valley defense limited the damage.
Brownell led off the frame with a single to right and after a strikeout, Seacord legged out an infield hit and Victoria Dupuis followed with a line drive single to left loading the bases with one out.
Kayla Giglio blooped a single to left scoring Brownell, but that would be all Cambridge would get as Coyne fanned Mattie Clifton, and got Hannah VanDeWater on a pop-up to third to end the inning.
In the sixth the Valley used a two-out, two-run single by Madigan to extend their lead to 6-1, and that score would stand as Cambridge went down quietly in the last two innings and absorbed their first league defeat of the year.
Coyne finished the afternoon with 10 K’s, while allowing two base on balls and six hits in posting her fourth win of the season. While those stats are fine, the biggest number of the day for the junior right-hander was the number nine.
Of the 10 Cambridge players that reached base in the game, Coyne and her defense stranded nine, and on this day that translated to one more number in the Valley win column.