The Sunapee Lakers softball team faced off against the Gorham Huskies for the division four state championship on Saturday at Plymouth State University’s Chase Field.
Sunapee came into this rainy game with the number one seed and a perfect undefeated season on the line so the Lakers were feeling the pressure. Katie Frederick took the mound for Sunapee and Lauren Grelinski for Gorham. Frederick was able to get out of the first inning unscathed and then with two outs in the bottom of the inning, she helped out her own cause as she was able to crush a pitch just over the head of the center fielder to score the game’s first run and to give Sunapee an early one run lead.
The score would remain one nothing as defense and strong pitching held both teams offense at bay. The next run would be scored in the top of the 5th when Gorham’s Hannah Rivard was able to drive in a run to tie the game at 1-1. Frederick was able to settle down and get out of the inning without giving up the lead.
Now to the bottom of sixth, Laker Lexie Hamilton came up to the plate with no one on and one out. She got a 1-1 pitch right down the heart of the plate and did not miss as she blasted the ball over the fence in center field to give Sunapee back the lead. This run would go on to be the deciding factor as Sunapee would win by a final score of 2 to 1.
Despite giving up just one run, Frederick didn’t pitch as well as she has in the past as she allowed 13 base runners to reach from Gorham who stranded eight in scoring position. She was able to focus in when it mattered the most allowing just the one run.
Sunapee softball caps a perfect 19 and 0 championship season as they have now won two straight division four state softball titles after never winning one before 2015.